In a country such as Vietnam, markets are far more than tourist attractions; they are the lifeblood of its people, who depend on catches of the day and main courses that North Americans regard as delicacies for their survival. For locals, every day is market day, sometimes without closures. Fellow cruisers on AmaWaterways’ new river ship AmaDara had an opportunity to visit this Cai De market, not far from Ho Chi Minh City, and to photograph its contents and its people…
Southeast Asia seems to have as many types of rice as it has dialects.
Markets are family affairs for vendors, and the youngest learn that early.
To the question “Are those what I think they are?” the answer is “Yes — rats.”
A friendly wave and winning smile, trademarks of the Vietnamese people.
The dollar store of Cai De’s market, on the shores of the Mekong River.
Yes, those are chickens and they’re alive only until winding up on a plate.
Beneath the conical hat’s perfect cone is a woman happy at work in the market.
This was a surprise but maybe shouldn’t have been — games of chance sold here.
If Cai De had an award for coolest socks, chances are this would be a winner.
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Holland America Noordam
May 1, 2016
Vancouver (return): Inside Passage, Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Inside Passage
Cost per day: $99