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
Colours of the dresses are totally out of this world
Design works very well with a fabric
This is a gigantic fan made from fabric
More fabrics – they are really beautiful. Many tourists have their outfits made in Vietnam
The fruit stalls are full of strong vibrant colours
Lacquered boxes and vases
Inflatable toys for every taste
These beautiful flower arrangements are available at the shops, street stalls or can be delivered
Lanterns of all colours and shapes
Mixture of colonial and traditional architecture
An official building in the centre of Saigon
Hoe, near Imperial City
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.
A small traditional style pergola in the park in Hoe
The traditional entrance to the pagoda
The view from the American bunker in Hoe
The view from the window
A typical traditional cemetery looks like this. This particular one was in Hoi An.
This is a tomb for the rich Vietnamese Catholics in Hoi An. Doesn’t look very Vietnamese, dose it? More like Italian style
The beautiful doors in the Imperial City (Hoe).
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
The Christian Church in Hoe
Pagoda at Marble Mountain near Danang
Entrance to the Imperial City
Wonderful, friendly, hard-working people
This lady sells some fruits. What a beautiful face.
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
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.
This woman takes her buffalos home
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.
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.
This lady is being paid to model her beautiful long hair to photography students.
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
Making fast food. People can choose what to put inside their sandwiches. It’s the same idea like Subway.
There is lots of fish is being consumed in Vietnam every day. Fish market in Hoi An
And this is how any produce or goods are delivered. I have never seen a man carrying anything like that
Kids are learning skills from a very early age. This family is making some wood carvings.
Fishermen at work
Delivering flowers to the Christian church in Danang
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
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. 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
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.
Fish with herbs and spices is cooked at the table.
Tofu with veggies and herbs
Green papaya noodle salad. With orchid flower as decoration.
Rice paper rolls with prawns
Green lush nature
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.
In the countryside
Lots of palm trees everywhere
Stick figurines made from PVC pipes. They are actually lights
Frangipani trees make a perfect frame for the Imperial City tower.
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
I totally love this sculpture. It is on display in the Esplanade in Danang
Beautiful, what can I say. Don’t you agree?
Tamed dragon or lion or tiger.
I strongly believe that my hat greatly improved the appearance of this drunk man
Very abstract, but still cute
This is how one Vietnamese artist sees a woman
I got myself a new friend. We both look happy now
This dragon overlooks the whole Imperial City in Hoe
I love this one
One of the guards in the pagoda (Hoe)
Nostalgic crazy memories
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
These flags are attached to all the trees along this street.
In my childhood I was a pioneer (political organisation for kids) too. I was wearing the same red necktie.
Flags are everywhere along the highway
Another example of the main street in Saigon
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.