Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Boats of Viet Nam

Hi, Whenever I have the opportunity to travel abroad I find the boats/ships I encounter fascinating. Given Viet Nam's coast line of about 1000 miles and having over 10,000 miles of navigable waterways, this trip was no exception. So here is a selection of the vessels I encountered traveling from north to south in Viet Nam.

We crossed this small river on a trip out of Hanoi. A photo of the ferry appeared in the post on people.

At the end of our stay in Hanoi we traveled to Halong Bay (see Viet Nam Sightseeing -1). Here we saw ocean fishing boats,

dozens of passenger carrying junks,

houses on rafts,
and boats used for a variety of tasks, including subsistence fishing.

As this area also was offshore we encountered some ocean going vessels such as this barge and tow boat.

Hue also has a river. I'm not sure what this boat is used for,

but the 2 in the foreground are carrying sand or dirt. The third boat, in the background, provides river cruises for tourists.

On our way from Hue to Hoi An by bus we spotted some fishing sampans so we stopped to get photos.

Hoi An was the base for a fishing fleet as it was very close to the ocean.

In the evening we took a sunset cruise on the estuary where we saw more ocean fishing boats.

Also, we passed this small shipyard where the fishing boats were hauled out for work on their hulls.

The estuary waters also were rich in fish and nets were used to catch them.

Small ferries crossed the estuary carrying motor bikes and people.

Nha Trang also was an ocean fishing base.

The Mekong Delta became famous during the Viet Nam war. Today it is a prosperous area focused on transportation. The area also grows rice for export. Shown are some of the boats we saw.

This is an excursion boat that travels between here and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

The difference in appearance in the fishing boats as we moved from Halong Bay in the north to the Mekong Delta in the south was interesting.

I was amazed how much could be loaded on a boat. As I recall, this one is carrying the stalks left over after the rice kernels have been recovered. This is used for animal feed.

One more post to go, on Cambodia. Hope you enjoyed the photos.

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