Good Morning, Vietnam! A Photo Tour

 
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Legend has it that Halong Bay's geography was formed as a dragon rescued Vietnamese under attack. His thrashing tail caused mountains to crumble, forming the islets. Halong Bay translates to 'Bay of the Descending Dragon.'  
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Hue was the capital of Vietnam throughout the Nguyem dynasty from 1802 to 1945. During this time, many emperors commissioned the construction of their own tombs and oversaw the artisans' work, sometimes during their final days.  
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A staple of Vietnamese cuisine, rice is cultivated both in wet paddies and on dry hillsides. It is typically grown by poor farmers, who live on slopes too steep to terrace and other areas where water is inaccessible.  
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On any given morning in Hanoi, one may see everything from martial arts performers and outdoor barbershops to beret-clad bikers and women having their ears cleaned.  
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Fishing nets are common sights throughout Chau Doc. Known for its fishing, many families actually live in floating houses along the Mekong Delta, where they fatten up and then harvest the fish that live below.  
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Thousands of boats congregate along the Mekong Delta to form floating markets. Vietnamese vendors sell everything from fresh oranges to fresh-water turtles. In remote areas, the markets also provide entertainment.  
Credit: Michael Freeman, Weststock 
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The ruins that form the site called My Son were built as shrines to kings who reached the status of deities. It is thought that the kings' remains were kept here after cremation.  
Credit: Michael Freeman, Weststock 
 
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