Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The Vietnamese Round Boat



The Vietnamese round boat has always intrigued me. Although simple, but what excites me is how to row and manoeuvre a round boat . You need some special skills otherwise it just goes round and round. These round boats which are also called basket boats are native to central Vietnam. The first time I saw them was in a coastal fishing village at Quinhon, about an hour's flight to the north east of Ho Chi Minh City. Almost every family who owns a fishing boat also owns one or two of these round boats. These light weight boats are easily carried and useful in shallow water. On board of a fishing boat there is always one round boat which will be used to bring the catches ashore especially when the fishing boat is not able to come near to the shore during low tide. The round boats have neither speed nor stability, so they are only pratical in short distant usage.On average, a round boat can accommodate 2-3 small sized adults. In the United Kingdom, similar round boats are called coracles.

4 comments:

saoirse said...

Nice boats. Wonder how they make it. Does it sail as fast as the normal sampan?

saoirse said...

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saoirse said...

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saoirse said...

Hi, there. How's everything? Haven't update the blog for quite some time. Are you ok?