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Notes on the Geography of Vietnam: HCMC to Cantho

Field trip! Starting in Ho Chi Minh City, we'll head out to Can Tho, in the middle of the Mekong Delta.

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HCMC traffic.

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HCMC outskirts.

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Bridge.

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Stop! Pay toll.

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Alternatively, go shop.

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"If you lived here, you'd be home now."

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Behold the future.

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An alternative.

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You can breathe now.

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What on earth? It's a Cao Dai or "High Place" church at Tien Giang. The church was founded in Vietnam in 1926.

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Village life must be nearby.

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Park the car and follow the path.

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Carefully prepared fields; bananas in the background; no shortage of water.

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House.

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Cheaper model.

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Cemetery.

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Stand aside.

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On the road again: bridge over the Mekong.

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Over the railing.

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Lane discipline? What's that?

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So much for bridges. It's time for a ferry.

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Plenty of traffic.

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The safety gates are relaxed.

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So are some of the passengers.

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You can't hear the ferry's horn blasting, so imagine the pilot cursing this hotshot.

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Trouble ahead for the ferrymen: a cable-stayed bridge under construction.

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Can Tho (or Cantho), fronting on a branch of the river.

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Waterfront street.

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Lots of new construction.

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Street market.

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Seafood in abundance.

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Fruit, too.

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Not much evidence of the French regime, but here's a bit.

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And another.

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This, too.

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Maybe this qualifies if you consider the instruments and the clothes. The sign in the bell says Clarinet and Drum Club, in this case hired to escort a funeral cortege.

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A clean break with the past.

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Modern retail has arrived with this shopping center.

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Check-out heaven.

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Top-shelf whiskey.

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We've headed to the edge of town, where the land meets the water and where people live in between.

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A barge loaded with brick is unloaded the hard way.

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Transshipment.

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A building site.

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Street scene.

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Pedestrian bridge.

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Raw land waiting for a builder.

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Back in town. Was it what you expected to see?



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