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VIETNAM 2013 #50

Another photo from the sunrise at Phung Hiep floating market.

The night before, I stayed in the small town of Nga Bay in a very basic hotel. In the evening, it was arranged that 2 motobike taxis (xe om) would come to pick us up at 5 oclock the next morning.
We waited for a few minutes by the side of the road, in the warm dark night and the 2 men arrived as planned. I was given a helmet and off we went along the main road, smaller roads and tracks to Phung Hiep. The journey was about 25 minutes.

With my friend, we walked along a dark path near a waterway to a place with a vague light. There were quite a few men there sitting on very low plastic chairs in front of table covered with glasses, a tea pot and small cups. This was typical Vietnamese cafe which does not look like a cafe as we know it. We ordered some cold black coffees (c ph đ) started chatting with the men. As always people are interested to see a white face traveling alone. An old man, perhaps as old as me, kept on shaking my hand and tapping me on the back in a friendly way. He told me the French started this market in 1914 or thereabout. It became a very large market at one time but times changed, the war against the French and then the Americans came and as a result the market is a small affair nowadays.

A huge THANK YOU to Ron tear (rontear), Joline Frazier (Joline, Gary (Growmore) and Alan Baseley for their User Awards.

Tags: Floating market Vietnam Mekong delta Landscape and travel PHUNG HIEP PHUNG HIEP DISTRICT HAU GIANG PROVINCE

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Hermanus 8 4 South Africa
12 Jul 2013 9:11AM
Very interesting write up - must have been an amazing experience !! A lovely image Smile
rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
12 Jul 2013 10:04AM
Repetition works Jean, I enjoyed yesterdays offering too. So my award for the day !
richmowil Plus
12 447 2 England
12 Jul 2013 11:00AM
Interesting detail - Excellent Image!!
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2013 11:11AM
An interesting pre-narrative and image, which I am sure would form the basis of a great travel log.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
boov Plus
8 2 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2013 11:15AM
Superb image
Joline Plus
15 34 59 United States
12 Jul 2013 11:32AM
An exceptional travel photo.
paulknight 11 2 9 New Zealand
12 Jul 2013 11:40AM
Lovely composition. Perfect alignment, so well captured.
tomcat 15 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2013 12:07PM
That early morning light, has created a wonderful effect on the water

Growmore 12 4 3 England
12 Jul 2013 12:47PM
Oh dam i will have to give you another award for your work!
Jasper87 Plus
11 2.7k 158 England
12 Jul 2013 12:47PM
A very interesting write up and another excellent image.

taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
12 Jul 2013 1:40PM
Spectacular light, a most wonderful image!
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
12 Jul 2013 3:39PM
A beautiful image, Jean-Noel. Carol
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
12 Jul 2013 4:39PM
Wonderful narrative Jean-Noel. I could quite imagine myself listening. Beautiful image.GrinGrin
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
13 Jul 2013 7:21AM
A lovely mood


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