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glimpse: LOW-KEY LIMESTONE | Some call Tam Coc in Vietnam the "Dry Ha Long Bay." Indeed, the resemblance to the famed limestone attraction up north is uncanny and what Tam Coc lacks in Ocean, it makes up for in rice paddies. And while Ha Long Bay has been flooded with tourism ever since it modeled for Hollywood and the UNESCO committee, the only floods in low-key Tam Coc are brought in by the monsoon.

glimpse: FEEL | A major Southeast Asian sea port throughout the 16th to 18th century, Hoi An is now among Vietnam’s most significant tourist destinations and yesterday’s merchants from China, Japan, India and Europe are today’s tourists from the very same lands. I wonder how the feel has changed over time. Was it more authentic when people poured in for trade instead of tourism? How different were the dynamics between cultures and was the commingling more or less welcomed by the locals? Was the kaleidoscopic architecture more intriguing when it was modern novelty, or is it now that the old facades conjure up nostalgic sentiments? What did this scene look like when the lanterns were lit by candlelight and the restaurants and storefronts were whatever they might have been? And what will Hoi An look and feel like in another 400 years?

 

Outside Hoi An   The rivers merged under a random bridge I crossed with the motorcycle. No one else seemed to care much for the view, but I had never seen anything quite like it.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dong Hoi / In Mother Nature's Womb
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