This boat is docked along the Mekong River near Mytho. Such boats, propelled by outboard motors mounted on the back, are typical, medium-sized river and coastal island ferry boats in Southeast Asia.
The waterways of the Mekong are the region’s primary conduit for local trade and transportation. The Mekong River flows approximately 2,800 miles from the high plateaus of Tibet to the fertile delta regions now within southern Vietnam and Cambodia. The rich river delta soils allow up to three crops of rice per year and form the major food-producing regions of both countries. Almost two-thirds of Vietnam’s food supply is grown in the Mekong delta area southeast of Ho Chi Minh City.
The white sacks on top of the boat likely contain unhusked rice.
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