Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Delta spirit

These lovely ladies took care of us during our visit to the pagoda at Wat Luu Cu II village. They were adorable.
Of the photos I took during my visit to the Mekong Delta, here are a few that capture the spirit of our adventures. Lots more to come over the next few days.
The sky above the Mekong River on our way to Chau Doc
The remains of babies killed in a mass slaughter of the villagers at Ba Chuc. The Khmer Rouge killed over 3,000 villagers in 1978 and their remains are kept in a stupa in the village.
We encountered many Uncle Ho impersonators along the way. This one hams it up with Tim's sunglasses.
Some of the ultra friendly monks at Wat Thlung near Ba Chuc
A visit to a couple of floating markets saw this family enjoying their breakfast on the water
The man most revered in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh; from the Uncle Ho museum in Can Tho
Chain-smoking chief monk Hi Chung gets friendly at Wat Sangva en route to Tra Vinh
These village kids appeared when we arrived at the pre-Angkorian ruins at Luu Cu
We found this pagoda, Wat Tanya, by chance. Not only did it have this smart young novice but the best colony of nesting herons that I've ever seen. It was a remarkable place.
These two fish sellers kept us amused for half an hour en route to Hon Chong
The view from the shore at Hon Chong, the best beach on the Mekong Delta mainland
The gorgeous views across towards Cambodia from the Thach Dong cave near Ha Tien
You can't miss the Ha Tien Vegas casino as you cross the land border at Prek Chak
Welcome to Cambodia at the Prek Chak border-crossing, where trade between the two countries is rampant

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Chain-smoking chief monk Hi Chung" I have seen him many times. He is my wifes cousin. I also sat in those chairs. The picture doesn't show the hand painted walls of Buddha, even on the ceiling.I also know several monks in Tra Vinh, Vietnam where you were in the picture who smoke.

December 20, 2012 at 8:34 PM  

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