Before it became a weekend destination for workweek-weary Saigoneers, Phan Thiet was an austere fishing town.
John Hansen, an American veteran, snapped these shots of the sleepy coastal area during a visit in 1965. The pastel-toned photographs reveal a town and economy focused on fishing. Boats make daily pilgrimages to the sea to gather sea creatures, while a fish sauce factory churns out the golden-hued godsend of a sauce. People's intimate relationship with the sea is perhaps best exemplified by the stilt homes with special docks for one to arrive via boat. It's a nice reminder that if humans could fly, we would probably have doors on our roofs.
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