Vietnam has become more tourist focused in recent times. Already widely known for the war atrocities that scarred it, these days Vietnam is also being recognised for other (positive) things. It has a rich history, portrayed in many monuments and buildings throughout the cities and countryside. There’s many scenic locations and the Vietnamese people are among the friendliest I’ve encountered. I visited in April 2017, and here’s a collection of photographs from my trip.
Vietnam shows off its colourful side in the old town of Hoi An in central Vietnam. The streets of the central town are closed off to traffic and becomes a buzz each evening with tourists admiring the lanterns.
Their smiles are radiant and their hospitality warm – it’s typical of South East Asian culture, but was especially noticeable in Vietnam. The Vietnamese are a hard working people and manual labour is still very prevalent.
Having been conquered by Chinese Imperial dynasties in ancient times, ruled by French colonialists in early modern times and revolutionised by communists in more recent times, Vietnam has a wealth of architectural influences.
Beaches, rice paddies, muddy rivers, thick jungles and much more – Vietnam has variety in its scenery as well.