Monthly Archives: April 2010

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


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Following the fall of Saigon in 1975, Saigon was renamed Ho Chi Minh City. I have always been very interested in visiting Vietnam, not just because the Vietnam War (American War to the Vietnamese) but because of its climate, as well as its rich and complicated history.

Conquered by France in 1859, Saigon was heavily influenced by the French during their colonization of Vietnam.  Saigon features many Western style buildings, including the famous, French built, Notre Dame Cathedral.  All of this French influence contributed to Saigon once being called “the Pearl of the Far East” Continue reading

Chong Khneas, Cambodia

Chong Khneas is a floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. We took a tuk-tuk the 16 km from Siem Reap to a dock and got on a boat for a better look. After around a 20 minute boat ride in an extremely muddy tributary, we came out into Tonle Sap Lake. On the edge of this lake sits a floating fishing village.

The village is made up of more than one hundred floating shanty’s. The people live a very meager life and make the best with what they have. In the village you can find a small floating basketball court, floating church, and also one of the most famous elementary schools in Cambodia. Many of the children paddle to school in a little disk that they sit in, almost like a small saucer. Around the school locals will paddle up and beg for money.

The main subsistence of the village is fishing and netting shrimp. I really couldn’t imagine living this type of lifestyle at all. It would definitely take some adjustment to be constantly living on the warm, murky, water. In terms of photos, I got a few to try and capture the people that live in this hot and humid climate. (Will post video later) Whenever I am lucky enough to visit an environment like this, it always helps me put in prospective just how fortunate I am.