|Travel | Vietnam|
|Tuesday, 14 August 2012 11:23|
VIETNAM |Land of rice paddies...and well rain
It was difficult to explain to people about Vietnam when we got back - it wasn't an "enjoyable" holiday in the strict sense of the word. It had mayor ups and mayor downs, we were completely outside our comfort zone and it RAINED! LOTS!!! The mayor reason we went - an overnight stay on a Junk boat in Hanlong Bay, was cut short due to Typhoon Vincente raging off the coast of China and Northern Vietnam. Also Sapa, which was a must see for me, was a bit of a disappointment, northern Vietnam is still very much a communist country and therefore very poor - so all Western people visiting, especially the very rural northern highlands are not just seen, but literally a meal ticket to all the women, making crafts for a living. So we where swamped with people forcing you to buy all kinds of handmade trinkets, it's tolerable up to a point and then it gets just too much. Hanoi where we had to stay longer than planned due to the rain, is really, really dirty...really. And then I start editing the images, and I walk past a shop and hear snippets of Asian music and in a flash I forget the discomfort, the weirdness and filth...and I'm transported back to an experience that I will never forget. So in short – Vietnam isn't a relaxing holiday – its a life changing experience... The one thing this trip thaught me, who's a bit of a control freak, it to just let be. I had certain expectations which were not met, but in it's place I learned and experience things I would never have had I stayed home or traveled to Europe. First Part: Sapa, Second Part: Hanlong Bay & Third Part: Hanoi
A girl carrying a bunch of Indigo leaves for dyeing of material.
Thai Chi on the Junk Boat
Haircut on the pavement
The electrical wiring in Hanoi and in fact all over Vietnam is crazy - yet it seems to work LOL.
I love graffiti! This one is very much how traffic in Hanoi is...
Scooters are the way of getting around, a way of doing business and also "The Family Car", we saw a family of five on a scooter...
This is a pet doggy, but in other parts of the city we did encounter vendors selling dog meat...not so nice.
This is remnants of the Fench occupation in the French Quater