Little snippets from Vietnam -3

During my short and very enlightening trip to Vietnam I fell in love with this country. I tried to summarise my feelings about this wonderful Land of Beauty in a photo collage. And, of course, I would like to share it with you. Below are the highlights from my recent trip.

 WHY I LOVE VIETNAM

Beautiful, insane, clashing, screaming colours everywhere

 

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Colours of the dresses are totally out of this world

 

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Design works very well with a fabric

 

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This is a gigantic fan made from fabric

 

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More fabrics – they are really beautiful. Many tourists have their outfits made in Vietnam

 

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The fruit stalls are full of strong vibrant colours

 

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Lacquered boxes and vases

 

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Inflatable toys for every taste

 

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These beautiful flower arrangements are available at the shops, street stalls or can be delivered

 

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Lanterns of all colours and shapes

Mixture of colonial and traditional architecture

 

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An official building in the centre of Saigon

 

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Hoe, near Imperial City

 

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Opera House, Ho Chi Min – absolutely stunning inside and outside. It was renovated not long  ago and now it looks  new again. I watched a circus performance here.

 

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A small traditional style pergola in the park in Hoe

 

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The traditional entrance to the pagoda

 

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The view from the American bunker in Hoe

 

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The view from the window

 

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A typical traditional cemetery looks like this. This particular one was in Hoi An.

 

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This is a tomb for the rich Vietnamese Catholics in Hoi An. Doesn’t look very Vietnamese, dose it? More like Italian style

 

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The beautiful doors in the Imperial City (Hoe).

 

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Outstandingly beautiful gates in Ho Chi Min. I will write a special post about the gates. I have a huge collection of images on this subject

 

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The Christian Church in Hoe

 

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Pagoda at Marble Mountain near Danang

 

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Entrance to the Imperial City

Wonderful, friendly, hard-working people

 

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This lady sells some fruits. What a beautiful face.

 

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The facial expression and the clever are enough to keep me far away. But in reality she made a face for my photo. She is a nice and smily woman

 

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This is how they prepare pineapple for sale. My God, the pineapples are so sweet and juicy. Please have a look at her hands: she is wearing gloves. This  made me feel very good, almost comfortable.

 

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This woman takes her buffalos home

 

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The man in a hammock is very “tired”. It’s 10.30 am after all. But I shouldn’t critisise him as he offered me his shady spot for a few minutes. I was actually lying in his hammock quite comfortably.

 

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This is a woman, who is pulling a wagon full of concrete rubble. Despite her age and size, she was moving very fast. No idea how she could manage this heavy load.

 

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This lady is being paid to model her beautiful long hair to photography students.

 

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Vietnamese people take their wedding photos about 3 weeks before their actual wedding. This couple is having a white wedding European style. They were taking pictures in front of Catholic church in Ho Chi Min

 

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Making fast food. People can choose what to put inside their sandwiches. It’s the same idea like Subway.

 

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There is lots of fish is being consumed in Vietnam every day. Fish market in Hoi An

 

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And this is how any produce or goods are delivered. I have never seen a man carrying anything like that

 

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Kids are learning skills from a very early age. This family is making some wood carvings.

 

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Fishermen at work

 

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Delivering flowers to the Christian church in Danang

 

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Idyllic picture. In the background there is a blue boat with an eye painted on each site. It supposedly brings good luck and saves the fishermen from any troubles at sea

 

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This is a traditional Vietnamese wedding. This happy couple was on their way to the limo when they saw me with my camera. They actually slowed down and posed just for me.

 

My new friend Cam
My new friend Cam. We met due to my misfortune, when I got lost, looking for a cemetery (like I usually do). Cam gave me a lift on her motorbike, took me around and explained many things about life in Vietnam. I am so happy that I asked her for help.

Insanely tasty and healthy food

 

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I don’t know how many times I can praise Vietnamese cuisine. It is so very good. Very light, lots of soups, quite spicy. In this picture you can see pork rolls in banana leaves. They are fully cooked.

 

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Fish with herbs and spices is cooked at the table.

 

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Steamed veggies

 

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Tofu with veggies and herbs

 

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Green papaya noodle salad. With orchid flower as  decoration.

 

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Rice paper rolls with prawns

Green lush nature

 

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This picture was taken from the top bed of the sleeper bus. We wanted to go by  train, but could not buy tickets, so I could only admire it from afar.

 

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In the countryside

 

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Lots of palm trees everywhere

 

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Fantastic scenery

 

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Stick figurines made from PVC pipes. They are actually lights

 

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Frangipani trees make a perfect frame for the Imperial City tower.

 

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Almost everybody in the middle class suburbs have some  flowers in their front yard. Many many people have   bougainvillea and other climbing plants draped over the fence.

Parks and sculptures

 

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I totally love this sculpture. It is on display in the Esplanade in Danang

 

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Beautiful, what can I say. Don’t you agree?

 

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Tamed dragon or lion or tiger.

 

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Lovers

 

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I strongly believe that my hat greatly improved the appearance of this drunk man

 

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Very abstract, but still cute

 

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This is how one Vietnamese artist sees a woman

 

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I got myself a new friend. We both look happy now

 

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This dragon overlooks the whole Imperial City in Hoe

 

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I love this one

 

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How romantic!!!

 

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One of the guards in the pagoda (Hoe)

Nostalgic crazy memories

 

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For those people who are not aware of my background – I am from former USSR. Back then we had a red flag with the same emblem. I had goosebumps the first time i saw the flag

 

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These flags are attached to all the trees along this street.

 

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In my childhood I was a pioneer (political organisation for kids) too. I was wearing the same red necktie.

 

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Flags are everywhere along the highway

 

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Another example of the main street in Saigon

Conclusion

 

So, this is my impression of Vietnam. Everything was good and positive. I loved it.

My very last 15 minutes were spoiled by a very well presented taxi driver, who tried to steal my iPad and I caught him red handed. But it was a minor thing and everything turned out OK in the end.

1 Comment

  1. You are a getting to be a well rounded travel writer,who was able to take me back to Vietnam.Your capture has enabled me to see Vietnam through a different angle, that of your camera.I missed the wood for the trees on my mainly “touristic” travels through that country.You should find the time to visit Sri LANKA,but not in April .I am in a sauna and today is our New year,which I am celebrating with my sister and my Father.

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