I just finished two weeks of field visits in Vietnam. On our last day, we drove up to Lao Bao, the Vietnamese side of the border crossing to Laos. Both sides of the border have big markets so people, even if they're not crossing over, go for shopping, to see what kinds of deals they can find.
The town itself is pretty ugly and there wasn't much interesting in the shops. However, the scenery outside town is beautiful.
The other side of this hill is the Sepon River, the border between Laos and Vietnam. Not too far from home.
We traveled to Hue, in Central Vietnam, with a rain storm to the west of us. We didn't get wet.
The central provinces are very poor. Many of the communities upstream were wiped out during Typhoon Ketsana last year - and now they are suffering drought. During our trip, we saw many fields which were brown and rock hard, with blades of green rice plants standing up. I hope the rains got to those fields.
We reached our destination on Saturday - Hue, the site of the ancient city which was destroyed during the Vietnam War. The bridge on the Perfume River is lit up at night with lights that change colors.
Hope you enjoyed my photos. This is my contribution to Skywatch Friday, whose members post pictures of the skies around the world.