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  • 1. AIRASIA INFLIGHT MAGAZINETRAVEL 3SIXTY58MAY 2012Heart ofSichuanHIGH ON HanoiDEGESAILING INTO THEPASTAIRASIA INFLIGHT MAGAZINEHit ListEATINGASIAITSThailand SURAT THANIPLAYPP15075/07/2012(029856) T Touchdown JAKARTATIME!www.airasia.com/travel360 05 2012HELP S SAVE THE EARTH.READ THE MAGAZINESTEALING ME!!AZINEONLINE AND STOP TOP.www.airasia.com/travel360 irasie

2. 05 FEATURE Vietnam2012 www.airasia.com/travel360 R omancingthe meraude E 3. The Emeraude was an elegant paddle wheeler that doubled as cargo andcruise vessel in early 1900s. Owned by one Paul Roque, the Emeraudeplied the Ha Long Bay area and was one of the very few ships there thathad electricity, ventilation and even refrigeration. In 1937, the Emeraudecollided with a submerged rock and sank into the ocean, never to befound again. Old photographs of the original Emeraude in its heydaycapture the romance of a bygone era and provide an insight into the eraand an understanding of the port and how its dwellers lived in the past.Years later, a replica of the Emeraude plies the same waterways of HaLong Bay, bringing travellers up close and personal with the renownedkarst formations of this UNESCO World Heritage site.Jacques Le Fur, the current captain of the new Emeraude, talks aboutthe history of the place and the steamer in this pictorial based on a set ofimages taken by Rene Masse.CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: The Emeraude leaving the dock in HaiPhong; Bank of Indochina counter in Hai Phong; coolies pull rickshawstoward Hai Phong dock, with the Emeraude in the background.TRAVEL 3SIXTY 97 4. Every now and then in my job as captain of theEmeraude, I come across a passenger carrying somelink to our vessels history.When I met one Stephane Masse, who had calledus about a set of photographs hed just inherited fromhis grandfather, I expected to nd one or two new thingswe could add to the Emeraudes story. As it turned out,Stephane had enough links to form a chain of memoriesthat went back a whole century.The photos Stephane showed us were taken by hisgrandfather, Rene Masse, who was one of four childrenborn into the Masse family in Hai Phong in the early1900s. At the age of 16, Rene took a job with the localelectric company.From the images and what his grandson told us,we gured out that as a young man, Renes hobbiesincluded hunting deer, joining the citys social dances,and apparently, photography. Renes camera capturedthe Hai Phong of another era, just as the town hit itsABOVE: A boatload of French tourists on excursion in Ha Long Bay.stride as an international port.TOP: One of many piers in Hai Phong Harbour.OPPOSITE: Paddleboat returning to the Saphir on Ha Long Bay.There were images of local daily life with coolieswaiting on docks and villagers pulling rickshaws downthe citys newly-paved streets. Scattered between theseTRAVEL 3SIXTY 99 5. ABOVE: Office workers attend their companyshanami party along Honkawa River, Hiroshima City.CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: French tourists sail into the secret passage of Hai Tac (pirates) Bay; Rene Massessister, Andree Masse, relaxing on board the Emeraude just after its launch in 1926; the Emeraude and its sistersteamer, the Saphir, moored at Hai Phong port.100 TRAVEL 3SIXTY 6. black and white snapshots was the familiar bow of ourPhong and Ha Long Bay. An excursion on theABOVE: A coolie waitsvessels namesake, the original Emeraude. Emeraude was, very simply, the epitome of luxuryon the dock at the HaiPhong Harbour. I remember being struck by how, even then, the travel in the colony. Emeraude appeared pristine and elegant in each The Emeraude that operates now is a replica of the original steamer. photo. Whether in the dingiest surroundings, or oatingwww.emeraude-cruises.com serenely on the bay, she looks every bit as romantic andGETTING THERE AirAsia ies daily to Hanoi from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. inspirational as the replica I steer today. Go to www.airasia.com for details. Rene Masses photographs interested me on many levels. For me as a sailor, they brought to life what seafaring life must have been like in Vietnam of theDo you have photographs of 1920s. As captain of the Emeraude, they gave me a yourself with old heritage buildings fuller understanding of the vessels story. from your town/city in the background? Share with us what the building is and These pictures show beyond a doubt what the why it is special. Send your photos to original Emeraude represented to the people of Haiwww.facebook.com/travel3sixty102 TRAVEL 3SIXTY