I’m sure we have all seen some of the amazing photos that dot the interweb showing the area around Mui Ne and Phan Thiet in the “Good Ole Times”. Even though I had yet to register in my parents thoughts let alone lives in and around this period and they were probably busy doing what most young adults were doing in the 60’s and early 70’s, this period in history and how it relates to the beautiful place I now call home hugely interests me.
So I started to dig and dig and slowly unearthed an amazing amount of hidden photos and information from many different sources but the most intriguing site I found was one that posted not only the details of the picture but linked it to a google map of the exact location the picture was taken.
Panoramio is a geolocation-oriented photo sharing mashup owned by Google. Accepted photos uploaded to the site can be accessed as a layer in Google Earth and Google Maps, with new photos being added at the end of every month.
Panoramio asks users to organize images using tags (a form of metadata), which allow searchers to find images concerning a certain topic such as place name or subject matter. Panoramio was also an early website to implement tag clouds, which provide access to images tagged with the most popular keywords. The website also hosts a list of world famous sites.
Nguyễn Văn Anh is one registered user of the site and has some 800 plus photos uploaded from both Vietnamese photographers and foreign photographers that stretch from the early 1960’s through to present day with many taken in and around the Phan Thiet Area.
This is one of those sites you can get lost in for a few hours but I will place a link here solely to Nguyễn Văn Anh and the photos of the Phan Thiet, Mui Ne area to start you off.