The Mekong River is the twelfth longest river in the world, flowing from China through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and finally ending in Vietnam. Thus, six countries and over fifty million people depend upon the Mekong for their existence and in no country is this dependence so profound as in Vietnam. The water of the Mekong expands in a network of small streams and rivers interspersed with small settlements, villages and floating markets. The Mekong Delta, the region in southwestern Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea, has been termed the „rice bowl of the Universe“. Life in the Mekong Delta revolves in and around the delta and many of its residents live, work, eat and sleep on its waters.
In 2016 I passed some time in the Mekong delta in Vietnam and travelled by river across the Cambodian border.
Enjoy some of the impressions.
PS: For the documentation I used the Leica M8 with the Summicron 50mm, f/2.0 and the Nikon D750 with the Nikkor 35mm, f/1.8
The Cham Minorities, 1/5
The Eastern Cham minorities live in provinces along the coastline of southern Vietnam, their villages spread in
the coastal and Mekong Delta provinces. The Cham originate from the Champa kingdom which was located in Vietnam, parts of Cambodia and southern Laos. The primary religion among the Cham is Islam.
The Cham people are considered as a minority in Vietnam and are often victims of discrimination. However, they are proud of their heritage, as they vehemently point out to be Eastern Cham and not Vietnamese.