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.
Stop! Pay toll.
Alternatively, go shop.
"If you lived here, you'd be home now."
Behold the future.
You can breathe now.
What on earth? It's a Cao Dai or "High Place" church at Tien Giang. The church was founded in Vietnam in 1926.
Village life must be nearby.
Park the car and follow the path.
Carefully prepared fields; bananas in the background; no shortage of water.
On the road again: bridge over the Mekong.
Over the railing.
Lane discipline? What's that?
So much for bridges. It's time for a ferry.
Plenty of traffic.
The safety gates are relaxed.
So are some of the passengers.
You can't hear the ferry's horn blasting, so imagine the pilot cursing this hotshot.
Trouble ahead for the ferrymen: a cable-stayed bridge under construction.
Can Tho (or Cantho), fronting on a branch of the river.
Lots of new construction.
Seafood in abundance.
Not much evidence of the French regime, but here's a bit.
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.
A clean break with the past.
Modern retail has arrived with this shopping center.
We've headed to the edge of town, where the land meets the water and where people live in between.
A barge loaded with brick is unloaded the hard way.
A building site.
Raw land waiting for a builder.
Back in town. Was it what you expected to see?
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