Photos of Vietnam: a kaleidoscope of colour

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My recent trip to Vietnam left me with a few souvenirs, and about a thousand photos of Vietnam. And looking through them, I’m amazed at the variety of images I came back with. Vietnam is a surprisingly big country, and surprisingly diverse, and the photos I took there paint a portrait of that amazing diversity.

There’s a little of everything, from ancient fishing boats to shiny new skyscrapers, chaotic street scenes to emperors’ tombs, sunny beaches to glowing night scenes. And through it all, the motorbikes, in all kinds of weather and carrying every kind of cargo.

It was hard choosing just a few images from the many that caught my eye, but I’ve tried to put together a selection that shows all the faces of today’s Vietnam. It’s a fast-moving, colourful place, and I hope my photos of Vietnam reflect it. Here they are.

saigon-square-by-night

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photos of Vietnam saigon-street

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photos of vietnam hoi-anh-street-scene

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photos of vetnam hoi-anh-lantern-seller

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photos of vietnam dragon-bridge-danang

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motorbikes-in-the-rain

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photos of vietnam nha-trang-beach

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photos of vietnam fishing-boats-na-trang

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photos of vietnam boats-in-halong-bay

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photos of Vietnam calligraphy-painter

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photos of vietnam emperors-tomb-building-

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photos of vietnam emperors-tomb

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photos of vietnam dragon-mosaic-

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photos of vietnam hoi-anh-sellers

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photos of vietnam weasel-coffee-saigon

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photos of vietnam hotel-with-arch-hue

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photos of vietnam saigon-mosque

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photos of vietnam forbidden-city-corridor

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photos of vietnam saigon-temple

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photos of vietnam hanoi-lake-by-night

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And finally, I’ll leave you with a live action look at the colours of Vietnam by night. This is one of the amazingly illuminated bridges over the Han River in Danang, shot from the top-floor restaurant of my hotel. If any country has better public light displays, I’d like to see it.

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Paul Marshman is a retired journalist who spent 30 years as a writer and editor on Canadian newspapers, while travelling to the ends of the earth. Now he continues to travel while passing on his travel experiences to you.

8 Comments

    • Thanks, Mark. The photos were taken with two cameras: my Canon 60D SLR with a Canon 17-85mm lens, and a Panasonic ZS45 compact that I brought long as a backup. It’s lucky I did, too, because the Canon packed up on me about halfway through the trip. So all my shots of Hanoi and Halong Bay — and quite a few of the street shots — were taken with the point-and-shoot.

  1. Never thought I’d be interested in travelling to Vietnam until reading your posts and seeing the spectacular variety of visual images. Nice work.

    • Thanks, Brian. I’ve had Vietnam in the back of my mind for some time, so I was happy when this opportunity came up. It was a fascinating place to visit, reminiscent of China and Thailand but with a feeling all its own. I would have liked to see Cambodia and Laos too, but the air fare was only good for a two-week stay and I didn’t even get to see all of Vietnam in that time.

    • Thanks, Marie. Vietnam has gone the way of China — introducing a capitalist economy while keeping its communist government. So the modern world has barged in — more so in Saigon than in Hanoi. Still, you don’t see as many American fast food restaurants as in places like Beijing, though I did spot the odd McDonald’s or Pizza Hut.
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