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Hon Gam Ghi / Vietnam

Photographer Aaron Joel Santos captured this moment in the crystalline waters of Hon Gam Ghi, an unspoiled cluster of islands in Vietnam on the brink of change.

Published on Jun 10, 2016

A young woman swims through the clear blue waters surrounding the island of Hon Gam Ghi, several hours by boat off the coast of Phu Quoc, in the far reaches of southern Vietnam. As nearly every corner of this upwardly mobile country experiences rapid growth and development, as well as more visitors, Hon Gam Ghi is a locale offering picturesque and powdery beaches, turquoise waters, and plenty of hard coral. Yet, nowhere is immune to change. There is a sustainable eco-project in the works that’s scheduled to open later this year on the main island. Still, this group of 17 islands remains an isolated and idyllic paradise, far from the crowds and lost in a time that feels all its own.


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