Boats on Inland Waters in Northern Vietnam

Ferry on the River Ma. Mist clearing on the River Đà, to the west of Hà Nội, as a morning ferry gets ready to leave By Vietnamese standards Scotland is rather a dry place, so inevitably in Vietnam boats play a major part if the lives of many people. As the water, both descending on, and bearing up, those people, is always reasonably warm, the vessels used are often rudimentary by our standards. A whole way of life exists in the south of the country based on water, with markets, housing and work-places all water borne, however the photographs on this page are confined to northern areas. For boats on the sea go to the page on Fishing Boats in Northern Vietnam Small ferry with motorbike. Ferries this size are the norm, just big enough to take a motor-bike and a few standing passengers. Fishing boat on the Red River. Fishing boat on the Red River Floating bridge. Here bamboos bound together form a bridge; they often equally form a boat Small boat on a big river. Little boats on a big river. Fine on tranquil days, but typhoons blow here Sun set on the Red River. Sunset with cargo boats on the Red River north of Hà Nội Driving fish. Fishermen in small boat. Beyond; their temporary lodgings Foot rowing. We think of rowing as something involving arms, but this sight is not uncommon in Vietnam - arms left free to do other work Beating the water with bamboo canes (above) the fishermen drive the fish into their nets (right) Family on boat. A family involved in various tasks while on their apparently precarious boat Man sculling. Man sculling with a fixed paddle on dugout canoe near Ba Bể Lake in north-east Vietnam Woman in flat bottomed boat. A woman in Tuyên Quang appears to be delivering some sort of cylinders from a flat bottomed boat Boat reaces at Da Lat. Here, on the Lake in Đà Lạt, the contenders have dressed up for a ceremonial boat race Rowing a metal boat. The oarswoman is being given a rest by one of her customers - having a shot at rowing a metal boat Coracle in Hoi An. In the UK we often think of Coracles Go to another site as Welsh in origin, but they are also found in India and Vietnam, and instructions for construction date back 4,000 in Mesopotamia. This one is in use and moored in Hội An Boat trip at the Ban Gioc waterfalls. The River Quây Sơn marks the border between Vietnam and China and on it, in Cao Bằng, are the Bản Giốc cascades, Go to another site these attract tourist boats from both sides of the border. Each country offering a tour round the base of the falls, intertwining pathways, just as though there was no border. The next page has another waterfall - in Scotland. Man rowing coracle. Man rowing a coracle on the river through Hội An Grounded coracle. A beached coracle on an estuary in Quảng Xương district of Thanh Hoá Province Rowing boat with larger boats beyond. A working boat... Covered boat. ...and a small tourist boat at Hội An, even this modest craft has eyes painted on the bow - more below Large craft by Hoi An quay. Larger pleasure craft waiting by the Quay in Hội An, all with eyes... Painted pleasure boat with eye. ...and here a newly painted boat Man walking from boat in Red River. Fishermen's boats moored in the Red River by Hà Nội.
A man walks to the shore...
Man descending by rope from a bridge to a boat. ...and under the Chương Dương Bridge in Hà Nội (as always packed with vehicles) a man gets to the boats by a more direct method Fishermen's boats. Man walking from boat in Red River. People live on rivers for various reasons, but the commonest is that they are engaged in fishing. Here are three sets of these houseboats, all have the bright blue tarpaulins used throughout Vietnam. Above on the River Mã, near Cẩm Thủy, in Thanh Hóa; to the left on the Red River near Hà Nội; and below on the River Lô near Tuyên Quàng, north of Hà Nội. Boats moored on River Lo. Boats on River Ma with karst background. River Mã near Cẩm Thủy in Thanh Hóa, with a karst landscape as background The next page takes you away from these pictures of warm placid waterways, able to accommodate homes, to the cold vertical waters of the Grey Mare's Tail waterfall in Southern Scotland Grey Mare's Tail in winter. line
Saturday 2nd September 2017 Murphy on duty

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