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Snapshot: Vietnamese Motorbikes

America has moving trucks and Vietnam has…motorbikes.

A Brooklyn-based writer and editor, Chelsea's work has appeared in Matador Network, The Huffington Post, the TripAdvisor blog, and more. When not planning her next trip, you'll usually find her drinking way too much iced coffee (always iced—she’s from New England) or bingeing a Netflix original series.

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Narrow streets and a high population density have made motorbikes the primary mode of transport for Vietnamese locals. In photographer Hans Kemp’s eye-opening book Bikes of Burden, he shows the gravity-defying ways in which these two-wheeled workhorses carry everything from baskets and goldfish to hula hoops and entire families. Plus, they’re an incredibly immersive way for travelers to experience Vietnam. Take a seat and a street-level view.

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All photos © Hans Kemp

Bikes of Burden, published by Visionary World, is available in bookstores and online at Amazon

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