Photographer's Note

Chau Doc a small town about 250km southwest of Saigon (Saigon, the name I prefer to use instead of Ho Chi Minh City) and the capital of An Giang Province bordering Cambodia in the vibrant Mekong Delta. It sits at the junction of Bassac river, a tributary of the Great Mekong river. An incredibly friendly bustling township, and like many towns in Vietnam, Chau Doc is growing fast. Concrete buildings are replacing shacks, stilt houses, the corrugated roofs and flimsy structures. This delta town is characterized by its famous huge network of waterways system

Nothing spectacular, this was taken on a bright morning on Bassac river. The little canoe with a figure wearing conical hat, is a 'water taxi'.

It is difficult to imagine that this peaceful delta town and the province of An Giang was the scene of blood sheds during Vietnam War. There was a U.S. Naval Combat Base in Chau Doc during the war from 1969 to 1971. American and South Vietnamese river forces patrolled the rivers and canals along the border with Cambodia as part of Operation SEALORDS (Southeast Asia Land, Ocean, River, and Delta Strategy) anti-infiltration strategy and there were many battles in this area .........

Vietnam is a very forgiving country.....

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