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Meet the Chams

... and witness how through time and generations, culture weaved in together.

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Mekong, September 3rd 2011

As mentioned in previous post, there's much to learn along the way to the border of Vietnam - Cambodia. Yesterday we've already learned about the making of rice paper, coconut candy, pop-rice snack, and etc., etc. This morning we learned about the fish farm. Now, The Sinh Tourist is leading us to visit the Cham people's village. The majority of the Cham people, our tour guide explained, are Moslem. Their ancestors came from Borneo, Malaysia. Therefore, they can speak Vietnamese and Malayan.

I asked one of the weavers, "Bisa Bahasa Melayu?" He shook his head. However, according to Wikipedia here, our tour guide's explanation makes sense. Maybe this weaver just happens to be like me: Chinese but cannot speak Chinese (yet). :P

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So, still with my Nokia, we got back into the boat and continued to cruise through the floating villages on Mekong River.

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This is one of the floating houses of the Cham people.

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The sky, and the light, was perfect. All I needed to do with my cellphone was just literally point and shoot.

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Ah... cute dog. Is he wondering where are all these people going? Or is he actually bored witnessing the same thing every morning?

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Fishes dried under the sun. Are they going to be salted fish like in my country?

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Still by Nokia 86 8MP

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Here we are now entering the Cham people's village.

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Like many Vietnamese, the Cham people also make a living by weaving. The difference is that the Cham people also make sarongs, whilst Vietnamese don't wear sarongs.
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The street...

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... and the mosque. This is double star. One star represents a religion whilst the other represents the communist. That makes 2 stars in contrast standing side by side.

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... and the house, of Cham people.

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Cham Moslem women chatting under the flag of a communist country.

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Back on the boat. Now I'm with EOS 50D.

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My tour guide said to me, "She has been working hard for you. Give her some tip."

"Oh." Yes, she was kind and friendly indeed. However, after loosing some money in Phu Quoc, money became a tough issue for me. "How much should I give her?"

"That's up to you," answered my tour guide.

At the end of this boat trip, before moving into a motor boat, I gave her 10,000 dongs. She looked satisfied. "Thank you," I heard her say. Good.

Posted by automidori 18:40 Archived in Vietnam Tagged vietnam cham mekong_river chau_doc

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