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Thu Bồn Riverside

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HOI AN, VIETNAM

I had to return to the historical town of Hội An to find a local NGO that could become a beneficiary for a photo I took in 2012. When I arrived I was in for a surprise (read shock) by how much had changed. One of my favourite quiet towns in Vietnam seemed to have turned into a busy mini metropolis. Though late at night most of the crowds withdrew to their respective hotels and one had the opportunity to wander along the riverside without the sea of people colouring the promenades.

Beautiful Hội An has a long history of trading. Shipwreck discoveries revealed that Vietnamese and Asian ceramics were transported from Hội An to as far as Egypt. Much of the architecture and infrastructure still reflects this history today.

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Rach Bến Nghé

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Most of the tall (residential) buildings in South East Asia still appear to have virtually no restrictions on entering their rooftops. The view of my temporary residence near the Rach Bến Nghé river expresses how densely certain patches of urban jungle in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, are built.

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Across the River

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A couple gathers below massive billboards in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Each billboard features an enormous ad for a Dutch beer company and overlooks the Saigon river, facing the city. The backside show ads from the government.

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