Boat Rower

Smiling Rower

This was shot in Vietnam during the yearly water festival in 2005.  The area, known as Kampuchea Krom, used to be part of Cambodia, but in 1623, Khmer king, Chey Chettha the second, allowed Vietnamese, fleeing civil war in Vietnam, to settle in the city of Prey Nokor.  Soon Cambodians were a minority in the Mekong Delta area, and because of their weakened state resulting in a war with Thailand, the area was largely in control by the Vietnamese, and soon and the city of Preah Nokor was renamed Saigon.  The land became officially part of Vietnam in 1954 as a result of the French pulling out of Indochina and giving the land to Vietnam despite protest by Cambodia.  During the regime of the Khmer Rouge, the land was invaded which then led Vietnam to invade Cambodia, and really put a stop to the Khmer Rouge genocide.