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Here is a selection of my favourite images from my trip to Vietnam a couple of weeks ago

Yes, there's millions of photos... be grateful I didn't post all 1,300

Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon

Notre Dame Cathedral





Central Post Office



Students drawing



Traffic



Reunification Palace









War Remnants Museum



Opera House





Traffic, some of the 4 millions scooters in HCM



A model boat shop?!



Our Hotel, The Caravelle



Opera House at night



Someone trying out a Viet Cong tunnel at Chu Chi... strictly anorexic tourists only



American tank, Chu Chi



The landscape at Chu Chi is still pockmarked with bomb craters



City Hall & Statue of 'Uncle Ho'



City Hall



Opera House & Sculpture



Market, Chinatown









Pagoda, Chinatown



Bridge U/C across Mekong, Mekong Delta



Mekong Delta









Da Lat

After the steamy heat & humidity of Ho Chi Minh and the Mekong Delta we flew to Da Lat, which is in the mountains to the north of Ho Chi Minh. A complete contrast: it was about 10C cooler and stunning mountain slopes clad in pine forests sweep down to tranquil lakes

Pagoda



The countryside... Not what I'd have expected from Vietnam



The last King's Summer Palace



The stunning 1920's Da Lat Palace Hotel where we stayed, chock full of beautiful period features



View from room... More French Alps than tropical SE Asia



Hotel lobby



Front elevation



Da Lat is laid out around an artificial lake, really beautiful. The French intended the town to ultimately be their capital of Indochina



Keeping the lakeside gardens immaculate



Da Lat market... Da Lat, because of its climate, is the centre of Vietnam's vegetable and flower growing industries... They also produce some great wine







Da Lat Cathedral



Hotel again...





Nha Trang

Drove from Da Lat down to the coast at Nha Trang via some breathtaking mountain scenery. Nha Trang is a popular resort for the Vietnamese



The harbour, tourist boats departing... On the brow of the hill is the building the town is named after: Nha Trang = 'White House'



Traditional Basket Boat... Identical to the 'Coracle' used in Wales



Da Nang

Flew from Nha Trang to Da Nang...

Cham relics, Cham museum... The Cham empire existed in central Vietnam before the Viet migrated from China and the empire collapsed. They were Hindu, not Buddhist and still exist as a minority in Vietnam today... but are now mostly Muslim. Their art, music and dance have strong Indian influences









Marble mountain, on the edge of Da Nang... Literally is a huge chunk of marble... Surrounded by workshops creating beautiful scultptures (and some gaudy ones too)



Victoria resort Hoi An, our beachfront villa



Out front... Not bad :)



Who said romance was dead?



Embroiderer, Hoi An... Some of the work on show was staggering: photographic-quality embroideries (not allowed to take photos of them though!)



Hard at work...



Daydreaming...



The 'Japanese Bridge', Hoi An... Hoi An was one of Asia's most important trading ports until the creek silted up 200 years ago and as a consequence had Japanese and Chinese communities... The Japanese had all left by the 18th Century however, this bridge is the only reminder



Hoi An









Fish market, stingray on the menu?



The picturesque old town



Boat and cow... Traditional boats in Vietnam all have the 'eyes' painted on to 'see' other boats and bad weather



Market, Hoi An







Pagoda



Kite... Kite flying is a popular pastime



...Next we drove from Hoi An to Hue. Although there is a new tunnel, we took the scenic route via the dramatic Hai Van pass:



...On the north side of the pass is the picturesque coastal town of Lang Co



...The town is surrounded by a shallow lagoon mostly used for fish farming



Hue

...Onward to Hue, this is the cultural centre of Vietnam and where the emperors are all buried

Khai Dinh's tomb:









Schoolgirls, Hue



Tu Duc Tomb



Schoolboys



Tu Duc tomb



La Residence Hotel, Hue... another stunning colonial hotel complete with period car



Train crossing the Perfume River, Hue



Paddling across the Perfume River... the faint mountain ridge in the far background is the border with Laos... Vietnam is only 50km 'wide' at this point



Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue







Citadel, Hue



















Hanoi

Sofitel



...Not bad! :)



Musicians, Water Puppet Theatre



Ho Hoan Kiem Lake



Football



Ha Long Bay









Cave, Ha Long Bay





The island with the cave in it... Ha Long Bay has 1,900 limestone islands, characterised by sheer sides and lush vegetation

























Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum, Hanoi... He's embalmed in a glass coffin like Lenin, but you can't photograph him!



Former governor's residence which became Ho Chi Minh's residence... He didn't like it and built a humble traditional wooden house next door!





Confucian Temple, Hanoi





Market, Hanoi













Narrowest building in Hanoi



Recycling collection, Hanoi style



Opera House, Hanoi



Sofitel from street



The lake



One of many beautiful colonial buildings



The Nam Hai, Hoi An

After 2 weeks touring we finished with 4 nights at the stunning Nam Hai in Hoi An, probably the best resort we've stayed at anywhere in the world and one of the 'Leading Small hotels of the world'

We had a 1-bed villa which entials actually 2 detatched buildings (sleeping area and living area) with front and back lawn and a pool overlooking the beach out front... as you can see, it was a craphole ;)

Dining table, sleeping area



The 'Infinity Pool' (it does end eventually, rest assured)























 

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[insert random comment about overpaid Tube workers like they do on UKScrapers here]

very nice Tubey. :D
 

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Ta :)

As Kel Knight said in 'Kath & Kim' Series 4:

"What's money for if you can't turn left and sit in the pointy end?"

It is my new mantra :)
 

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Panasonic Lumix FZ18

Compact, lightweight and 18x optical zoom. I always go for a good zoom, that's how I capture most of my 'people' photos.
 

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Vietnam rocks. Btw, which airline did you travel with Tubie ?

Vietnam is probably the country with the biggest gap between its GDP statistics & the reality on the ground :eat: Statistics tells Vietnam is a country with $2,500 individual GDP (PPP ) but on the ground it seems like an upper Middle-income country with low poverty rate & relatively good infrastructure and healthcare standard.

I like ur on-the street pics- it shows the reality on the ground and really attracts everybody including me to visit .
 

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Vietnam rocks. Btw, which airline did you travel with Tubie ?

Vietnam is probably the country with the biggest gap between its GDP statistics & the reality on the ground :eat: Statistics tells Vietnam is a country with $2,500 individual GDP (PPP ) but on the ground it seems like an upper Middle-income country with low poverty rate & relatively good infrastructure and healthcare standard.

I like ur on-the street pics- it shows the reality on the ground and really attracts everybody including me to visit .
Thai there & back and Vietnam internally

I totally agree with you: on paper Vietnam is poor but it doesn't feel that poor in reality. It's similar to one of the few other Socialist countries left, Cuba. Both have decent infrastructure, education and healthcare and food is readily available (if a little limited in variety in Cuba). Beyond that however people are cash-poor and struggle to afford imported goods.

In contrast Cambodia felt much poorer, and I saw some real eye-opening poverty. You'd have though with the small population and booming tourist industry Cambodia would be faring better, but corruption is everywhere so some people must be getting very rich whilst for the majority it's terrible infrastructure and bad living conditions.

Vietnam is certainly booming and I think it will look very different in 10 years. Major infrastructure projects (like the bridge across the Mekong I posted) are popping up everywhere and there are a lot of obviously recently built bridges and tunnels and upgraded roads. Large areas on the outskirts of HCM and Hanoi are being turned into luxury homes and apartment towers and industrial parks. I don't think I saw a building above 4 stories anywhere in Cambodia and the roads are terrible (and the railways even worse).

Of course in rural Vietnam life is still very tough, and some of the settlements of the ethnic minorities in the mountains looked very basic, but certainly in urban Vietnam I'd say the lifestyle is far from 'poor'.
 

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First of all, your pics so impressive me.....Vietname is one of my list to go..In the past I don't know much about this nearly country but last semester I learned Vietnam history and tourism developement subject at my university that made me like to go there....so your pics is clear image about this country...life,living,tourist spot and food....Great!!!
anyway the place that I want to go in vietnam from the north to the south are Halong bay....Haiphong....Sapa....Lao gai....Hanoi....Hue....Hoi an...Da lat ....Danang....Vung tau.....Natrang....Saigon.....Phu Quoc and Con Dao islands......look a lot but I should go some of that list......:)

Ps. I love vietnam food...yummy!!!
 

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:rofl:

you flew bus/first?
Business there, First back... They made a fortuitous error with our return flight where they accidentally cancelled us: They moved us from the 01:10 night flight to the 12:30 day flight and put us up in the Landmark Bangkok overnight... Oh and upgraded us to First :)
 
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