Scenes from Vietnam

I returned to Hanoi and Halong Bay, both in the north of Vietnam. As you linger in Hanoi, you become one with it — the pulse of the street, the ebb and flow of traffic.

Bicycle Blur
Bicyclists and motorbikers. Conical hats (nón lá). Silk and souvenir shops. Food stalls.
Cart
Tourists transported in carts.
Temple Symmetry
Symmetry at the Temple of Literature. Graduating students taking photographs in the courtyard. A spot for meditation. The scent of incense. Rooftop dragons.
From City View Cafe
The view from City View Cafe. Light traffic on a leisurely Thursday afternoon.
Kayaks on Halong Bay
Double-person kayaks on Halong Bay. Exploring the waters before sunset. Swimming off a sandy secluded beach.
Floating House in Halong Bay
Floating houses between limestone karsts.
Street Chaos
Motorbike and foot traffic in Dong Xuan Market.
Tree (Temple of Literature) and Tran Quoc Pagoda (West Lake)
Tree at the Temple of Literature; a view of Tran Quoc Pagoda alongside West Lake.
Food-Sign-Lake
Bánh bột lọc tôm thịt at Pineapple restaurant. Script on a brick wall at the Temple of Literature. A red bridge at Hoàn Kiếm Lake.

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Street Traffic
More motorbikers. All the time. Everywhere.
Pagoda-Bush-Street
Another view of Tran Quoc Pagoda. A manicured bush at the Temple of Literature. Hang Hanh Street in the Old Quarter.
Woman on Street
Walking across the road. Invincible.
Scenes From Halong Bay
Scenes from Halong Bay. Karsts. Houseboats. The floating fishing village of Vung Vieng.
Vung Vieng Village Gate
Boat at the rocky gate of Vung Vieng.
Boat in Vung Vieng
Villager on a boat, taken from the pearl shop at Vung Vieng.

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Wooden Slats
The dock at the oyster farm and pearl factory at Vung Vieng fishing village.

scenes from hanoi and halong bay

 

54 Comments

  1. Great photos!

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  2. Hello Cheri,
    Your photos area great which are real of Vietnam daily life, please advise if we can use your photos and comments to add on our website https://www.jeweltours.com/blog/ to tell people more about our country from eyes of traveler ?

    Dinh

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    1. Hi Thanh! No, I prefer that my photos and words from this Vietnam post are not used on your website/blog. Thank you for asking, though — I really appreciate it.

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  3. The 4th pic is awesome. 🙂 Maybe one day I’ll get to go. (I’ve wanted to go there for many years now!) Still doing the undergrad thing- currently too poor! I enjoyed the vicarious backtpack trip though, thanks…heheh.

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  4. CharlieMetcalfe

    Such beautiful pictures. I have just left Vietnam after 7 weeks and have serious regret about not taking anywhere near enough pictures and have made a promise to myself that it won’t happen again. I didn’t make it to Halong Bay because of the weather, but your pictures of Hanoi capture the city so perfectly. Thank you for sharing them.

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  5. beinguncool

    Such an inspiring photo series, amazing work 🙂

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  6. Beautiful photos!

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  7. Minty Lemony

    Such wonderful photos! I feel like booking an airplane ticket right away, Vietnam has always been on my wish list but I still haven’t manage to go there. Congrats for these stunning photos once again.

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  8. My Coaching Corner

    Amazing photos! They reminded me of my time there. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. Nadja Auerbach

    Cheri these are all so beautiful. I am inspired! As an amateur photographer, I would love any feedback you have to give. These shots blow me away!

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  10. Hey Cheri! How have you been? So you came to my part of the world huh (South East Asia)?

    My best memory of Hanoi must be the vehicles which horn non-stop crossing the streets, it is also the 1st thing you hear when you wake up in the morning. Hands down the most unique thing in Hanoi. lol

    PS: added you on FB!

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  11. Good to see so many photos capturing the essence of the country. I found it a wonderful place to explore with my camera and enjoyed looking at your pictures.

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  12. lovely, lovely images! I hope to go myself one day…

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  13. Thank you for sharing your photos with us. Recently I have an increasing interest on VietNam. I will share this post in my blog.

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  14. Juliana Selem

    Your images are stunning and the layout of your blog is just perfect!
    Congratulations on creating such a nice virtual space! 🙂

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  15. Enjoying your pics much more now that I’m “alive”. You really transport me with you in your travels!

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  16. Beautiful shots! One of my favorites is “Walking across the road, invincible.” Such a great caption!

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  17. Excellent pics! I so wish I could see this!

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  18. Beautiful! “The pulse of the streets”… what a beautiful phrase to capture the life you documented!

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  19. Beautifully brings back happy memories of traveling across the country with Thich Nhat Hanh and many friends. People there are so generous and kind.

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  20. Reblogged this on closetoeighty and commented:
    This is a wonderful post! What a colorful, vibrant, and beautiful country!
    Thank you, Cheri.

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  21. This was a trip to my past. Early 90’s I was frequently visiting Vietnam, mostly Hanoi, and now I could find some familiar views and scenes. – Thanks Cheri!

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  22. Thank you so much for sharing the photos. They are absolutely beautiful!

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  23. Wow, Cheri! I confess that the only things I know about Vietnam come from books, particularly The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. I think I had only ever visualized mountains and interior, never city streets or coastal karsts. What spectacular new scenes you have shown us.

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  24. Anonymous

    Cheri–you are such a superb chronicler! I’m so glad Todd shared this on G+…best, Mari

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    1. Hi Mari! Nice to see you here. Thanks so much, and glad you enjoyed these images.

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  25. henry winn

    Beautiful pics and thanks for making my day as I prepare for my Tet reunion with family back home. My 10th trip in over 35 years and never enough. Wish I can take pics like you of my southern Vietnam’s waters, rice fields and kind souls…

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    1. Gorgeous pics that capture so well the people and the geography of a country I am finally planning to visit soon. Thank you.

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    2. 10th trip! Sounds wonderful — enjoy it.

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  26. Spectacular!

    I must procure a nón lá as soon as possible.

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    1. I thought about buying a small version for my nephews but didn’t. I actually really love the green rounded hats (like in the third pic from the top). Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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  27. These pictures are really wonderful! I love the scenes from Halong Bay.

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    1. Thanks Sheri 🙂 Halong Bay was spectacular — we enjoyed it, from the kayaking and swimming to the floating village. More pics of the team to come.

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  28. These are so beautiful! I’ve been wanting to go to Vietnam for a while, but now – oh my goodness. I’m also really intrigued by the Temple of Literature 🙂

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    1. I’d remembered the temple to be rather quiet the last time I’d visited, but this time around it was full of students taking photos. Given the name, we thought it was fitting to take a team picture there 🙂

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  29. Very beautiful images. Great work with light and color. Thanks for giving us a glimpse into Vietnam.

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  30. It was fun to see Vietnam through your lens.

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  31. Hi Cheri – these are beautiful pictures! They just got me even MORE excited for my move to Vietnam, something I previously thought impossible. Cheers!

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    1. That’s awesome you’re moving there — looking forward to reading about it on your blog. (Also wanted to let you know I love the Duet theme you’re using — I contemplated switching to it for this blog. Looks really elegant and clean, and love the two-column layout.)

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  32. It looks gorgeous–or is it just your shots? I’m on the lookout for a honeymoon destination. This might just fit the bill…

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    1. I’d say if you’re up for a lively, interesting location, go for it. Not sure what your travel preferences are, though — the city can be overwhelming, but if you love street bustle/chaos and people watching, it certainly does the job. Travel away from the city, to Halong Bay or elsewhere (my friend enjoyed Hoi An, for example), and you’ll find calm and quiet, too.

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  33. I am loving the colors of Vietnam. Thank you for the street scenes of people.

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    1. I loved the colors, too — especially the bright greens and blues of the boats and floating houses on Halong Bay.

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  34. This made my heart ache to go back to SE Asia. Thanks for sharing. Also, great job on your photos from Halong Bay, it’s so hard to capture how awesome it is, but I feel like yours do the best job of any photos I’ve seen really.

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    1. When I left SE Asia in 2004, I remember telling myself I was “done with it” and wouldn’t mind if I never returned. (I think I was tired and missed home at that point.) But coming back to Vietnam brought many happy memories and sensations back — the street bustle alone conjured a lot. Thanks for visiting — glad you enjoyed these images.

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  35. Gorgeous photos. Looks like a fantastic journey.

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    1. Thanks — it was fantastic indeed, yet oh-so-short. Would love to return again with my husband and linger for longer.

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  36. Gorgeous photos. I was especially impressed with your framing skills and am hoping to learn from them. Love the karsts.

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    1. Thanks — glad you enjoyed these.

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  37. Beautiful, interesting photos. What is that root in the photo with the chilies? It looks like red ginger.

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    1. Looks like red ginger — although to be honest I’m not sure!

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  38. beautiful photos 🙂

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  39. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos. I haven’t been to Vietnam but would love to be transported right now, looking at them…

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    1. Glad to know these images entice you — I recommend a visit if you can.

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