Life on the Mekong Delta- Photography by Kathleen Ricker

This is a bit of a Throwback Thursday. In 2006, I went to Vietnam & Cambodia with my family. It was the first time that I had travelled further then Europe and the first time I had ever been to been to a Third World Country. 

In Southern Vietnam, the Mekong River unravels into nine sprawling rivers, forming the fertile Mekong Delta. It’s here the river rules. Daily life flows with the ever-changing waters, fisheries thrive during the annual flood and rice fields are quickly dug as the waters recede.

The towns bustle with vendors trading their fresh produce, an endless flow of river traffic passing through daily. Veer off into a smaller stream and you’ll find orchards, Buddhist temples and family homes clinging to the banks of the river.

This was 11 years ago and the first time I had the opportunity to photograph another culture.