The mighty Mekong has its source in the Tibetan Plateau in China and flows through China’s Yunnan Province and onto Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia before reaching the South China Sea in Southern Vietnam. It is the 12th longest river in the world at around 4,350 km and is the lifeblood for millions of South […]
Ho Chi is to Vietnam what Lenin is to Russia. Indeed, just like the Russian revolutionary, Ho Chi Minh has been preserved with chemicals and lies in state in a purpose built mausoleum in the Vietnamese capital. An irony then that to coincide with my visit to Hanoi in November 1998, the Great Minh had […]
In the Vietnam War the Viet Cong developed a network of underground tunnels, which was used to launch surprise attacks on the enemy as well as acting as a shelter for the military and civilians alike from the aerial bombardment. I visited two complexes of tunnels at Vinh Moc close to the north/south divide just […]
I mentioned in my Dalat post a few days ago that our visit to Vietnam coincided with the worst floods there in living memory. This was to lead to probably the worst journey of my life! We had made our way to Nha Trang, a place described as Vietnam’s paradise. Not when it rains incessantly […]
OK, I said I would share a Vietnam story from my time there in ’98. This was my first experience of the country. Jet lag has a lot to answer for….. Ho Chi Minh City is a wonderful place – vibrant, crazy, intoxicating. I set off for the Apocalypse Now Bar on my first evening. […]
I took this photo of a mobile fruit vendor in Hanoi in November 1998. It was raining stair-rods and while us soft travellers took shelter, this lady needed to get somewhere and she was not about to let a monsoon stop her! It was the time of Vietnam’s worst ever floods and had quite an […]
The challenge (see below for full details) is to depict four elements in photographic form. I have seen some of the entries and aesthetically there are some awesome entries from extremely talented photographers. I just decided to go wit h the first four images that sprang to mind for each element, so here goes: FIRE […]
Just booked a trip to Cambodia and back to Luang Prabang with Mrs. Wilbur so decided to re blog my Mekong post from January to celebrate the fact that I will be seeing the great river again.