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[Photos] Saigoneer Getaways: A Laid-Back Morning in the Delta

While Can Tho has grown exponentially in population over the last 40 years, the capital of western Vietnam still retains much of its Delta charm. Here, the Hau River dictates local life, slowing down the bustle and chaos of the Mekong's largest urban center to match its languid pace. Each morning, boat dwellers and city folk alike are up at the crack of dawn to walk along the riverfront or head off to market with their wares. By the time the sun has found its place in the sky, much of the city's early rush is over and a calm takes over Can Tho's sleepy city streets and waterways.

Morning mist rises over the Hau River.

A quiet bike ride along the river at sunrise.

Serving as a market, a highway and often a residence for houseboats, the Hau River is vital to the Can Tho way of life.

A houseboat on the Hau River.

Vendors are up at sunrise to head to work.

A local boat operator ferries passengers along the Hau River.

Le Thanh Ton Street, central Can Tho.

Incense spirals inside Chua Ong.

Built in the late 19th century by the French, the Prison Provinciale serves a reminder of Vietnam's colonial past.

A local street scene on the outskirts of Can Tho.


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