Rice field causeway, Cam Thanh
Rice field causeway, Cam Thanh

Near Hoi An, Viet Nam.

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Saigon river by night
Saigon river by night

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Viet Nam.

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Old Quarter Flower Street
Old Quarter Flower Street

Hanoi, Viet Nam.

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Cao Dai Temple
Cao Dai Temple

Cai Be, Viet Nam.

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Traditional fruit seller
Traditional fruit seller

Hoi An, Viet Nam.

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Floating market
Floating market

Cai Be, Viet Nam.

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Vietnamese lanterns
Vietnamese lanterns

Hoi An, Viet Nam.

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Sunset over Karst formations
Sunset over Karst formations

Halong Bay, Viet Nam.

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Den Ngoc Son Temple
Den Ngoc Son Temple

Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Viet Nam.

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Common Tiger butterfly on a Sơn Quỳ
Common Tiger butterfly on a Sơn Quỳ

Binh Hoa Phuoc island, Viet Nam.

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Lady making rice paper
Lady making rice paper

Binh Hoa Phuoc island, Viet Nam.

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Municipal Theatre (Old opera house)
Municipal Theatre (Old opera house)

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Viet Nam.

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Lightning over Hoan Kiem Lake
Lightning over Hoan Kiem Lake

Hanoi, Viet Nam. (Yes, this is a genuine long exposure capture!)

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10th Century My Son Temples
10th Century My Son Temples

My Son, Viet Nam.

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Acrobatic performance
Acrobatic performance

Hanoi, Viet Nam.

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The Huc (Sunbeam Bridge)
The Huc (Sunbeam Bridge)

Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Viet Nam.

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Riverboats at dawn
Riverboats at dawn

Binh Hoa Phuoc island, Viet Nam.

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Surprising cave
Surprising cave

Bo Hon Island, Halong Bay, Viet Nam.

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Saigon Central Post Office
Saigon Central Post Office

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Viet Nam.

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Dusk falls
Dusk falls

Halong Bay, Viet Nam.

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Bitexco Financial Tower/Times Square
Bitexco Financial Tower/Times Square

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Viet Nam.

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Washer woman
Washer woman

Mekong Delta, Viet Nam.

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Temple of Confucius
Temple of Confucius

Temple of literature, Hanoi, Viet Nam.

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Ben Thanh Market & District 1
Ben Thanh Market & District 1

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Viet Nam.

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Thu Bon River
Thu Bon River

Near Hoi An, Viet Nam.

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Tropical rainstorm
Tropical rainstorm

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Viet Nam.

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Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Viet Nam.

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Traditional water puppet theatre
Traditional water puppet theatre

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Viet Nam.

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52nd Floor, Bitexco Financial Tower
52nd Floor, Bitexco Financial Tower

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Viet Nam. (Nev & Andy's bar)

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Limestone Karst formations
Limestone Karst formations

Halong Bay, Viet Nam.

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Scooter nightlife
Scooter nightlife

Hanoi, Viet Nam.

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Dusk over Hoan Kiem Lake
Dusk over Hoan Kiem Lake

Hanoi, Viet Nam.

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 Guardian Deity, Huyen Khong cave
Guardian Deity, Huyen Khong cave

Marble Mountain, Da Nang, Viet Nam.

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Sampans on Dam Cau Hai
Sampans on Dam Cau Hai

Phu Loc, Viet Nam.

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Ladies wearing traditional áo dài
Ladies wearing traditional áo dài

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Viet Nam

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Ceramics factory near Cai Be
Ceramics factory near Cai Be

Mekong Delta, Viet Nam.

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Festival of light floating candles
Festival of light floating candles

Hoi An, Viet Nam.

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Oriental fruit at Ben Thanh Market
Oriental fruit at Ben Thanh Market

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Viet Nam.

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Following in father's footsteps
Following in father's footsteps

Binh Hoa Phuoc island, Viet Nam.

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Tam Thai pagoda on Thuy Son
Tam Thai pagoda on Thuy Son

Marble Mountain, Da Nang, Viet Nam,

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visions of Viet Nam

 

Viet Nam offers incredible diversity in the contrast between its past & present 

cultures, rural & city lifestyles, regional variations between north & south, &
even in its unpredictable climate, where searing tropical heat is interspersed
with storms of almost biblical proportions. 

 

Areas of outstanding natural beauty & incredible historical significance often
vie for attention with the less attractive but equally fascinating practicalities of day to day life in this rapidly evolving country, & it is often a challenge to separate the two, both physically & photographically. 

 

This is a country which is gradually recovering from the human & ecological
tragedy of the terrible conflict, which for some, the name Viet Nam has sadly come to represent, & while many of the population still live with the horrific consequences of this most appalling example of man's inhumanity to his fellow man, the future for these resilient people is one of hope & great optimism.

 

Viet Nam is not a place to visit, but one to experience. Tourism is still in its relative infancy, so if you choose to see the country for yourself, leave  your expectations at home, they will only hinder you. Instead, bring an open mind & use it as a blank canvas for these remarkable people to paint some amazing new memories on.

 

The result may not be what you had anticipated, but might just prove to be something very special indeed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heartfelt thanks go to my superb Vietnamese guides Ngoc Nguyen & the beautiful Tam (above), & to all those who played a part in making my journey across this incredible country such a memorable experience.

 

 

 


 

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