Many people know about the quaint sampan, but in my opinion the most graceful are the vo lai.Anyone who visits Vietnam’s Mekong delta will be dumbstruck by the quantity of boats floating in the river, its tributaries, canals, ponds and seemingly even puddles.
These long, slender boats are typically propelled by large engines which sport long drive shaft and a propeller on the far end. Their flat bottoms and sleek lines help them cut quickly through any canal, no matter how shallow or narrow.
Painted on the front of many vo lai, and lots other watercraft in Vietnam, are two stylized eyes. Legend has it that these eyes protect river boats from monsters or evil spirits. They add a special touch to the character of each boat.
Special thanks to Heifer International and Russ Powell for the use of these photos.
I just got back from a trip to Bolivia and Ecuador, so I thought it was cool when I spotted these photos and information on the Heifer Blog. There is actually a great extra shot of dad kissing his llama because it was a totally spontaneous moment that reflects his joy and love for these animals.
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