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Lady selling fish at the Chau Doc market in Vietnam Fish stall in the market at Chau Doc, Vietnam

More from the Mekong delta – Can Tho to Chau Doc

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Travel, Vietnam
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If Can Tho is the gateway to the Mekong, then Chau Doc is its pulsating heart. With an estimated population of one hundred and twenty thousand it is a giddy blend of Cham, Vietnamese, Khmer and Chinese communities. Situated on the banks of the Bassac river it is a frontier town bordering Cambodia and a popular river crossing between Vietnam and Cambodia.

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Going by ferry is a fantastic way to get to Siem Reap from Battambang, Cambodia On board the Battambang to Siem Reap ferry, Cambodia

Planes, busses, ferries, rick shaws, tuk-tuks and sampans

Posted by on Jan 13, 2013 in Travel
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“Sightseeing is one of the more doubtful aspects of travel … It has all the boredom and ritual of a pilgrimage and none of the spiritual benefits.” Paul Theroux

If you, like me, travel regularly for images, stories and that something different then endurance is your goal. And sightseeing is part and parcel of the exercise, well for freelance photographers it is. Both travel and sightseeing (or tourism if you wish) involve prodigious amounts of walking but equally significant use being made of man-made means of transport. And therein lies the need for an ability to endure lest you lose your mind and commit mass-murder or some equally heinous crime.

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Tai Chi in the park, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Morning exercises - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

A second day in Ho Chi Minh

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in Travel, Vietnam
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I’m not attracted to communism, after all what’s in it for me? Likewise I’m a little put off by what passes for capitalism today – conspicuous consumption, a high degree of cosying-up to the state for contracts and favorable terms and the inevitable corruption that arises. Remembering of course that corruption requires two parties to occur – the official and the beneficiary. So I’m interested to witness the “socialist capitalism” or “managed embracing of free market principles” here in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

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Night market - Ho Chi Minh City Fruit stall at night market in Ho Chi Minh City

In Ho Chi Minh City – a first impression

Posted by on Jan 3, 2013 in Travel, Vietnam
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What’s to be said about Ho Chi Minh City that’s not been said before? Described in romantic sentences filled with superlatives in any guide book you care to look at, the city is everything that’s said about it, and more. The Viet Cong toppled Saigon so that Ho Chi Ming City could rise from its ashes. And rise it certainly does.

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