My brother Matt Atkin and his family are greatly enjoying living in Hong Kong, and he continues to take many photographs of the island itself and the Far East destinations he visits for work and on holiday.
He’s recently sent me an armful of photos of the boats of Thailand that I’ll put up shortly; in the meantime, here are some recent shots from Hong Kong.
See some earlier posts of Matts photos:
More of Matt Atkin’s photos of the boats and ships of Hong Kong’s harbours
Spectacular photos of working boats and houseboats in Hong Kong’s harbours
The boats of Hanoi, part 2
The boats of Hanoi, Vietnam
Small boats of North Vietnam
Just back from a business trip to Hanoi, my brother Matt Atkin has sent me these photos from the country. He reports that North Vietnam is an astonishing place where goods are still moved using carts and oxen, and from these photos it’s a place where traditional small boats are very much in evidence.
I can’t condone the use of cute children to sell goods – though I guess it’s better than some of the alternatives, even for the kids involved – but what astonishing scenery and boats!
The little craft seem to be woven from slender wooden or bamboo laths and then sealed, I’d guess with pitch. Can anyone confirm this? Also, they’re rowed forward without the aid of any complicated rowing machinery.
This is only a small sample of the photos Matt sent over, so I’ll put some more up in the next few days. Thanks Bruv! (See them here.)
There’s an interesting thread on Vietnamese boats at the Woodenboat Forum and an English language website devoted to the boats of Vietnam here.
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