Picture post from Tam Coc, Ninh Binh Province Vietnam taken January 2015
UNESCO World heritage site Tam Coc, Limestone outcrops proper name Karst description, Karst: a landscape formed from the dissolution of soluble rocks including limestone, dolomite and gypsum. Characterised by sinkholes, caves, and underground drainage systems.
The last in this 4 part post this one is a series focusing on Landscapes people as they go about their daily lives in and around around Tam Coc in the Ninh Binh province of northern Vietnam. Often described as Ha-long Bay on land, in fact most of the limestone karsts rise up out crystal clear waters of the small local lakes and a meandering 2 kilometer stretch of the Ngo Dong river. I have spent 3 nights on a Halong Bay tour in 2013 and this was a very different experience but both worthwhile for different reasons. At the time of year we visited the the air hangs in a misty eerie adding to its magical ambiance. The town of Ninh Binh itself is of no great interest with little to see ort do so recommend you do as we did and stay in a shack by the side of one of the limestone karsts overlooking a small lake, magical. Nguyen Shack run by a Canadian and his Vietnamese wife its a wonderful place to stay, click this link for their homepage Nguyen Shack
People & Landscape Ninh Binh
All local residents of Tam Coc and Ninh Binh are entitled by legal decree to man and operate a boat offering tours to visitors. The downside, there are so many of them they may wait up to a month between trips until their turn comes around again. They must also maintain a daily presence by their boat in order to keep their place in the que. Here our rower and her friends share a smile and some lunch. Again this is another job traditionally carried out by the women
Fishing for supper in the canal.
One of many small lanes that wind their way behind and between the village houses. Here an elder looks on bemused by me and my camera.
Young parents, though not a couple. These 2 people are neighbors, the man in this picture stays home and takes care of the child whilst his wife works, and the woman opposite fulfills the more traditional but unusual role in Asia of staying home to take care of baby.
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