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Vietnam: Crops and Markets

March 9th, 2011 at 05:50 am

It turns out that as a general rule for rice growing that Southern Vietnam is richer and more productive than Northern Vietnam, and both are a bit more productive than Central Vietnam, which is narrow and mountainous. In the North, one could get 2 crops of rice per year off the land, in the South, an astounding 4! Astounding because it means that in the south, every 3 months/ 12 weeks, rice is planted, grows, and is harvested. As we were traveling, it happened that the North was beginning its crop, central it was growing, and the South it was being harvested.

Outside of Hanoi: Woman was bundling seedlings to be transplanted into the main paddy.

Outside of Hanoi: They grow more than just rice. Lettuce here. I saw, but couldn't quite photograph, crops growing between the road and the railroad tracks. One got the feeling that if the crop was short enough, people would seriously entertain growing something IN the railroad tracks.

Central: a field with a scarecrow in it.

South: Rice being cut and dried. After its dried, it's threshed. The stalks are used for fuel, the stubble in the field is burned, the land is left fallow for a couple of weeks, and the whole cycle begins again.

South: This is a rubber tree field. The diagonal slashes along the trunk are cut marks where the latex is harvested.

Saigon: Exotic fruit in the main market.

Saigon: A thoroughfare in the main market. I tried getting a shot of someone delivering breakfast pho, but the deliverers are way too fast.

Mekong: DH, like Monkeymama, told me about the 10 most venomous animals that live in Vietnam. Well, if life gives you lemons, make proverbial lemonade. Turns out the venomous animals are caught, killed, and pickled in rice wine called snake wine. I had a shot of this. It tasted brown.

6 Responses to “Vietnam: Crops and Markets”

  1. ThriftoRama Says:

    I feel bad for the snakes, but the fruit looked beautiful!

  2. kashi Says:

    The fruit looks amazing! I'd like to pluck one of each right off the stand. I hope you had a good time! Smile

  3. kay Says:


    i just saw you website on Google, and I already bought these on buy-snake-wine but i wonder where to find other snake related products, any idea ?

    Thanks for your help.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I'm really enjoying this look into another culture! The fruit looks so good!

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