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Ben Thanh Market, Lê Lợi, Bến Thành, Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Night noms at Ben Thanh (Saigon)

27 June 2012.

Bến Thành Market, Lê Lợi, Bến Thành, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

After strolling the streets of Central Saigon at night, one of your experiences should include eating out. That doesn’t mean eating in the cool confines of an air-conditioned restaurant. “Eating out” means you’re on the streets, sitting on plastic stools, and surrounded by residents happily scarfing down their meal. Check out the grilled meats and seafood of all kinds, shapes, and sizes: point and choose, sit and wait, sip on a cold beer or a refreshing fruit smoothie, and enjoy the food as it’s prepared and when it’s served.

The weather might be too hot, too humid, and you might be this close to wilting and melting into a puddle. But trust me; you should be patient and persevere.

Get low and comfortable at the plastic table: watch, listen, wait, smell, taste, and learn.

During my year-long RTW, I made the photo on 27 June 2012 with the Canon 450D, 18-55 kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/4-sec, f/8, ISO400, 25mm focal length (40mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-9UT.

Fraser River, Port Mann Bridge, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

World Rivers Day: an RTW selection

Above: Fraser River, east from Port Mann Bridge, between Coquitlam and Surrey, BC (HL).

The fourth Sunday in September is World Rivers Day. The University of Oxford’s Dictionaries defines ‘river‘ as:

“a large natural stream of water flowing in a channel to the sea, a lake, or another river.”

A river has always been water supply and demand: daily use and consumption; farming and agriculture; and where the waste goes, often back into the same supply. A river has always been about transport: trade and delivery of goods; shuttling people between places; and with people travelling, the exchange of language and culture. Throughout history, the establishment of towns and cities and the subsequent development of rivers have been about a mix of urban and rural elements, and about the relationship and interactions between people and their waterways.

Here are 41 rivers, above and from the ground, near and far, from around the world (RTW). Asterisks indicate UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

  1. Alster, in Hamburg, Germany
  2. Boate, in Rapallo, Italy
  3. Cam, in Cambridge, England
  4. Capilano, in North Vancouver, BC, Canada
  5. Colorado, at Grand Canyon National Park, AZ, USA
  6. Courtenay, in Courtenay, BC, Canada
  7. Danube, in Regensburg*, Germany
  8. Elbe, in Magdeburg, Germany
  9. Elqui, between La Serena and Vicuña, Chile
  10. Fox, at Fox Glacier*, New Zealand
  11. Fraser, in Richmond, BC, Canada
  12. Gera, in Erfurt*, Germany
  13. Guadalquivir, in Seville, Spain
  14. Havel, in Potsdam, Germany
  15. Iguazu*, at the Argentina-Brazil border
  16. Ilz, in Passau, Germany
  17. Inn, in Innsbruck, Austria
  18. Isar, in Scharnitz, Austria
  19. Loisach, from Zugspitze, Germany
  20. Main, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  21. Mapocho, in Santiago, Chile
  22. Mississippi, in Minneapolis, MN, USA
  23. Moselle, in Koblenz*, Germany
  24. Neckar, in Heidelberg, Germany
  25. Neisse, on the Germany-Poland border
  26. Parramatta, in Sydney, Australia
  27. Potomac, in Washington, DC, USA
  28. Rhine, stretch* between Mainz and Koblenz, Germany
  29. Río de la Plata, in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  30. Sâone, in Lyon*, France
  31. Singapore, in Singapore
  32. Spree, in Berlin, Germany
  33. Swan, in Perth, Australia
  34. Tasman, in Canterbury, New Zealand
  35. Thames, in London, England
  36. Tiền, near Mỹ Tho, Vietnam
  37. Trave, in Lübeck*, Germany
  38. Vltava, in Prague*, Czech Republic
  39. Waiho, at Franz Josef Glacier*, New Zealand
  40. Wailoa Stream, Waipio Valley, Big Island, Hawaii
  41. Waimakariri, in Canterbury, New Zealand
  42. Weser, in Höxter, Germany
  43. Yarra, in Melbourne, Australia

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Vietnam’s Mekong: Life and Traffic in the River Delta

Under direct sunlight, the deep ochre hues in the Mekong are initially unsettling: is the entire river made of chocolate milk? Vibrant reds and blues await around the bend, amid the nutrient-rich fine rock-powder silt floating down from the continental interior.

The Mekong river stretches over 4200 kilometres from its source in the Tibetan plateau in southwestern China1 through Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, to the river’s mouth at the South China Sea. The Mekong is one of Asia’s longest rivers, and is one of the world’s most productive rivers with number and volume of fish. There are over 1000 species of fish known in the Mekong, and despite the critical importance of the inland fishery industry, dangers are posed by overfishing threatening overall supply, disruption of natural flood cycles, and by the inhibition of spawning and migration from present dams and future dam construction. Based on the silt flowing from the Tibetan plateau, the Mekong Delta is also a critical fertile growing region supplying food and economic wealth throughout the region. International challenges remain about proper usage of the Mekong River.

We reach Mỹ Tho city (tp. Mỹ Tho), a two-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). People have gathered at the docks, ready to join one of many river tours. Some boats are ferrying residents from the mainland to islands in the middle of the Tiền river (sông Tiền), the northern branch of the Mekong.

We hop from one wooden boat to the next, alternating between water and land, slipping in between and hiding among mangrove trees. The midday sun beats down, and the heat and humidity are unescapable. As we dart around the islands near Mỹ Tho, my eyes swing from one boat to the next: floating fish-farms, ferries shuttling people, dredging ships carrying mounds of silt towards the South China Sea, men carrying their hauls on fishing boats carrying their hauls, women running errands on skiffs.

Only four short decades have passed since the end of “The American War”: bullets flew, chemical bombs fell, landscape blighted, blood spilled, families destroyed. The smiles and hard looks are a big part of an indelible visual memory, a part of this nation’s recovery and of her people’s endurance.

I’ve had a few hours only to gloss over the machinery of daily river life, but like countless other experiences in the year-long worldwide journey, this afternoon is representative of another introduction, another “appetizer”. Because there’s always more, here and elsewhere, up- and downstream. It’s easy to forget we’re only 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the South China Sea.

1 See the location here or the map here

Mekong River Delta, song Tien, Tien Giang, tp. My Tho, Vietnam, fotoeins.com

“Total Rubia”

Mekong River Delta, song Tien, Tien Giang, tp. My Tho, Vietnam, fotoeins.com

Home on the Mekong

Mekong River Delta, song Tien, Tien Giang, tp. My Tho, Vietnam, fotoeins.com

Eyes forward

Mekong River Delta, song Tien, Tien Giang, tp. My Tho, Vietnam, fotoeins.com

Vietnam’s national flag: red with a yellow star

Mekong River Delta, song Tien, Tien Giang, tp. My Tho, Vietnam, fotoeins.com

Mekong River Delta, song Tien, Tien Giang, tp. My Tho, Vietnam, fotoeins.com

Aquaculture: floating fish farm

Mekong River Delta, song Tien, Tien Giang, tp. My Tho, Vietnam, fotoeins.com

Individual farming

Mekong River Delta, song Tien, Tien Giang, tp. My Tho, Vietnam, fotoeins.com

Multi-modal transport

Mekong River Delta, song Tien, Tien Giang, tp. My Tho, Vietnam, fotoeins.com

Mekong River Delta, song Tien, Tien Giang, tp. My Tho, Vietnam, fotoeins.com

Women rule the Mekong

Mekong River Delta, song Tien, Tien Giang, tp. My Tho, Vietnam, fotoeins.com

Mekong River Delta, song Tien, Tien Giang, tp. My Tho, Vietnam, fotoeins.com

Mekong River Delta, song Tien, Tien Giang, tp. My Tho, Vietnam, fotoeins.com

In and out, through the mangrove trees

Mekong River Delta, song Tien, Tien Giang, tp. My Tho, Vietnam, fotoeins.com

Busy squeeze

Mekong River Delta, song Tien, Tien Giang, tp. My Tho, Vietnam, fotoeins.com

Cầu Rạch Miễu | Rạch Miễu bridge, a cable-stayed bridge over the Mekong, connecting Tiền Giang Province (Mỹ Tho) with Bến Tre Province

Mekong River Delta, song Tien, Tien Giang, tp. My Tho, Vietnam, fotoeins.com

Dredging the Mekong

Mekong River Delta, song Tien, Tien Giang, tp. My Tho, Vietnam, fotoeins.com

Mekong River Delta, song Tien, Tien Giang, tp. My Tho, Vietnam, fotoeins.com

Boat queue

Mekong River Delta, song Tien, Tien Giang, tp. My Tho, Vietnam, fotoeins.com

“See you again!” Bến Phà Tân Long Ferry Terminal, Mỹ Tho City

I made these photos on 26 June 2012 (part of the year-long RTW). My thanks to Jade Nguyen at CanViet Travel for providing support and access to sights and activities during my short visit to south Vietnam. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress on fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-24b.

Pho Thai Son, Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, fotoeins.com

3 Places to Eat in Central Saigon

Saigon is a metropolis in southern Vietnam with over 7 million people; some say there are upwards of 9 million in the area. Although often referred by its present-day name of Ho Chi Minh City, many still call the place by its old name of Saigon.

A big attraction in a short trip is always about the food. The out-of-this-world traffic points to everybody in a big hurry on the go, and it seems the entire population is on their motorbikes. This also suggests everybody is hungry, all the time.

Naturally, there are many places, stalls, and street-side carts, but if you’d like to sit down under cover and see what others are eating, you might give these three places in central Saigon a try.


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