A couple pics from my recent trip to Phu Quoc Island which, inexplicably, is part of VN. Notice it's just off the coast of Cambodia. How Phu Quoc came to be in Vietnamese hands is somewhat confusing, so I'll just leave it at that.
People go for the beach.
Lots of wonderful natural sites on Phu Quoc but public access to these places is largely restricted. Here's a little river.
Just got back from Cat Tien National Park located just north of Ho Chi Minh City. I'd heard varying reports on the quality of the park for years, so I finally decided to settle the debate myself and have a look - beautiful.
Despite almost total decimation during the war - Agent Orange, primarily - and threats from traditional medicine and the bush meat trade, wildlife endemic to the area has persisted. Yes, the tiger, leopard and rhino are gone, like in so many other parts of the world, but birds, gibbons, monkeys and much more thrive within the park boundaries.
Why do we like Chinatown? Or should I say 'Chinatowns.' They're dirty. They're dangerous. They're filled with vice. Huh, I guess I answered my own question.
The following photos are a mere drop in the bucket. Lots of temples. Lots of markets. Lots of colonial shophouse architecture. Unlike its neighbour to the east (Saigon), Chinatown (ie Chợ Lớn - Big Market) appears almost preserved in amber. In disrepair, sure, but charming in its own right. Anywho...