About Bikes of Burden:
A tribute to the Vietnamese
motorcycles and the drivers as the backbone of the Vietnamese economy.
Nowhere else on earth can there be found such a concentration of motorbikes as
in Vietnam where the bikes are being used not only for transporting people but
for carrying everything imaginable and unimaginable.
Pigs, poultry, fridges, truck
tires, this book shows it all. A must have for all motorbike
enthusiasts and anyone interested in contemporary Asian culture. For more info:
About the author:
Hans Kemp has spent most of his adult live photographing all corners of Asia.
His images and stories have appeared in numerous magazines across all continents.
currently resides in Vietnam from where he continues traveling and photographing
the region, looking for those little known, unique aspects of everyday life.
more info: www.hanskemp.com
was born from a desire to halt progress, at least on paper. The other day I read
in a paper that there are now two million motorbikes in Ho Chi Minh City alone.
Two million! It seems that every household in the city has a bike.
is all but gone, the car inconvenient for narrow alleys and congested streets.
Now, more than ever it is the motorbike that makes this economy tick. People
commute on a bike, dads bring their kids to school on a bike, products and produce
find their way to the consumers by motorbike.
The bike as backbone of the economy,
the bike as seducer, the bike as carrier of people and goods, the bike as beast
Thanks so much for producing
a real image of Viet Nam. The American media is filled with continuous horror
stories of death, terror, etc. I wish they would, instead, put more effort into
reporting the positive happenings in the world, such as the economic boom of
this little nation.
I'll certainly let my friends know about this unique
image of Viet Nam.
I received the book and it is a beauty. Thank you
for sending it.
The idea of the book and the amazing quality of the
pictures are just fantastic.
Thank you very much, you created a great memory for this period of Vietnam.
I received the books today, wonderful photos
I’m sure that these books
will be very good presents
Again my compliments for the fantastic book. I'm sure
that many friends will be very happy and surprised about you great work.