When Anita and I visited Hoi An, Vietnam, we joined a sunrise photographic tour to Duy Hai, a small fishing village nearby. We were picked up before daybreak, and were on a ferry just about the time the sun came over the horizon. The boat ride, on a boat like this one, was smooth and short.
Duy Hai is a village of about 2,000 people at the mouth of the Thu Bon River. Villagers’ livelihoods are based on catching and processing fish for shipment to China. We spent several hours in the village, wandering along the shoreline as the catch was being brought in from the fishing fleet. We tried not to get in the way of the spirited buying and selling all around us.
Fishing boats and coracles
Rigorous bargaining is the name of the game
Teamwork and camaraderie
Helmets and hats
The (fishing) day is done
If you go
Etienne is a good leader. On our tour, he gave instruction to those who asked for it, and had his assistant David lead the rest of us to the most promising areas around the village for photography. I highly recommend Hoi An Photo Tours for an atmospheric day out from Hoi An with a camera.
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This post is excerpted from Tom’s Travels, a blog I wrote while living and working in Southeast Asia in 2010-2011.
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