Category Archives: Vietnam

The Countryside (Vietnam)

Rain and Sun
Peasants and Prophets
War and Peace
Tradition and Technology

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An makes a traveler aware of all five senses: the unrelenting sun, an amalgamation of smells from the market, hawkers peddling their goods, scooters and pedestrians weaving a never ending tapestry on the streets, silence in a temple courtyard, peasants and tourists, spicy noodles and a cold beer, another day in Hoi An.

Historical Hanoi

Despite the French legacy of grand boulevards, Hanoi still feels like a cluster of tiny villages. One of the first things you will notice is the traffic. As with other destinations in Asia, motorbikes are a way of life, and Hanoi is no exception. Continue reading

Top Ten Photos of 2011

It is not easy to try and pick ten of my snaps from 2011 but this will have to do. Have a healthy and happy new year, cheers!

Backpacking Northern Vietnam

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Located on the northeast coast of Vietnam, Ha Long Bay is one of the most spectacular places I have ever visited. Vịnh Hạ Long, is translated as Descending Dragon Bay.

The bay itself has almost 3,000 limestone islets that pop straight out of the sea, leaving distinct views at every turn. We were able to stay overnight on a Chinese Junk which offered some great shots as we explored the bay. The jagged rocks seem to go on forever into the ocean.

Another interesting area was the Thien Cung grotto caves. Many of the islands are hollow on the inside leaving mysterious passage ways.

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ha Long Bay is a perfect place to relax in Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Following the fall of Saigon in 1975, Saigon was renamed Ho Chi Minh City. I have always been very interested in visiting Vietnam, not just because the Vietnam War (American War to the Vietnamese) but because of its climate, as well as its rich and complicated history.

Conquered by France in 1859, Saigon was heavily influenced by the French during their colonization of Vietnam.  Saigon features many Western style buildings, including the famous, French built, Notre Dame Cathedral.  All of this French influence contributed to Saigon once being called “the Pearl of the Far East” Continue reading