Sports Portfolio Travel Portfolio Photo Diary About actionpixel.de

Vietnam

September 2012

Backpacking in Northern Vietnam and realizing one more time, that two weeks are far too little for traveling a new country. But also being reminded, what lovely people you can meet and what gorgeous places you can find in Asia.

Hanoi

I have been to Asia several times, but arriving at Hanoi hit me like a hammer. 35 °C, an unbelievable humidity and scooters – scooters everywhere. But after acclimatizing: What a city. The overwhelming architecture, the vibrant street life by day and night, the food…
1348583338
1348583182
1348583363

Traffic

Adapt to the lawless traffic takes a bit longer than to the climate. But if you understand the system and finally take heart to try it, it's pretty simple: Just walk. Like liquid, everything just flows around you.
1348583618
1348583649
1348583697

Halong Bay

No Vietnam traveler misses this place, and it's definitely worth the trip. Basically everyone does the same there: Coming from Hanoi and getting on a boat to do a 1 to 3 day trip through the bay and to the islands.
1348583948
1348583715
1348583770

Swimming villages

For us tourists, the bay is an attraction for a few days. For others, it's a home. Making their living from fishing or selling stuff to tourists, their houses are swimming on barrels between the thousands of islands.
1348583991
1348584060

Sea

Jumping from the upper deck into the sea for the first time and expecting the worse, the surprise was even bigger: The water is about air temperature.
1348583926
1348583888
1348583915
1348584024

Tam Coc

Another must-see spot in every Vietnam travel guide. The best idea was to rent a scooter during the day to experience the landscape and do the inevitable boat tour in the evening, when most tourists are gone.
1348584101
1348584125

Farming

What a contrast to the industrialized agriculture in our western countries. Here, everything is manual labour. If you saw the people working, you will value your 1 Dollar dinner a bit more.
1348584165
1348584178
1348584195

Traveling

Getting around is super simple in Vietnam, but sometimes still adventurous. In case: Plan double the time that is written on the schedule.
1348585119
1348584314

The clutch

The bus trip from Tam Coc down to Hue and Hoi An took a while due to a broken clutch. The guys have routine, car workshops are all along Highway 1 and the bus driver of course is a mechanic as well.
1348584343
1348584366
1348584379

Hoi An

What a place! The most beautiful town we discovered during our short trip. Old french architecture mixes with Vietnamese lifestyle. A calm and relaxed place, offering great food experience, an amazing beach and a time to breath deeply.
1348584676
1348584428
1348584450
1348584466
1348584589
1348584600

Food

Try a cooking class at Miss Vy. Really: Do it! It's worth every penny, if you love to cook exotic food at home.
1348584970

Cycling

The bicycle is still the most important means of transport for a lot of Vietnamese – and for us, to experience the nearby area around Hoi An.
1348584657
1348584798
1348584905
1348584639

Markets

I love markets. No idea why, but wherever I am, markets attract me magically. In Vietnam, they are still way more important than supermarkets. You get basically everything there, but most of all: Grocery. What would I give for just one market like these back at home!
1348584694
1348584718
1348584733
1348584842
1348584947
1348585218
1348584877
1348585070
1348585197
1348585236
1348584783

Sapa

The mountain side of Vietnam in the far North. Unfortunately at that time also the foggiest place on earth. So no mountain panoramas and rice terraces, but all I discovered in the mist:
1348585132
1348585162

The boy

That little guy was following us for at least a kilometer during our hike through the mountains. Finally some locals passing by took him back to where ever he came from.
1348585182

Back to Hanoi

Staying a day less in Sapa due to the poor weather, we had one more day back in Hanoi. This time, we were prepared for the crazy city live.
1348585099
1348585085
1348585029
1348585040

Hanoi House

A last tip: The Hanoi House café vis-à-vis St. Joseph's Cathedral is a great place to hang around and take a rest.
1348584994
1348585010

Time to leave

Way too early, as always. But skipping the whole South this time is at least a good reason to come back!
1348585251
1348583820
© 2017 Benedikt Altschuh