Diary: Beautiful Vietnam

Travel Vietnam

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Solo backpacking in Vietnam was the best decision I made this Summer. From the North to South, I visited 9 places – Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Phong Nha in Dong Hoi, Hoi An, Dalat, Mui Ne and Ho Chi Minh City – in 3 weeks.

I was never really travelling alone. Along the way, I met fellow backpackers with whom I shared unforgettable adventures. Travel memories are built from people you meet and experiences you go through; more than from the sights, marvellous as they are.

Vietnam’s tourism tagline is “Timeless Charm”.  How true ! It is one of world’s best kept secrets – I had never expected the country to be so varied and rich in its landscape and culture, even from what was just a sample (1/3rd?) of the country I could visit. I must admit I didn’t know much about the “American war“. Without taking sides, one can only admire the strength of common folks who have gone through any war.

The photos captured details, moments and scenes which moved me.  I will share in a later post, more titbits, and practical tips about travelling in Vietnam (and backpacking in general).

This trip was like a refresh button and eye-opener. I am totally smitten – I sense this Vietnam trip is just the kick-off of a long travel series!

Pictures were taken with Fujifilm X100t. I had problem charging my camera while traveling. Hence, I couldn’t take as many pictures as I wanted to from Halong Bay to Hoi An. 

 

Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnmam ©blaastyle

Hanoi, Vietnmam ©blaastyle

Hanoi, Vietnmam ©blaastyle

Hanoi, Vietnmam ©blaastyle

Hanoi, Vietnmam ©blaastyle

Hanoi, Vietnmam ©blaastyle

Hanoi, Vietnmam ©blaastyle

Sapa

 

Sapa, Vietnmam ©blaastyle

Sapa, Vietnmam ©blaastyle

Homestay in Sapa, Vietnmam ©blaastyle

Homestay in Sapa, Vietnmam ©blaastyle

Homestay in Sapa, Vietnmam ©blaastyle

Sapa, Vietnmam ©blaastyle

Bamboo forest in Sapa, Vietnmam ©blaastyle

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Sapa, Vietnmam ©blaastyle

Sapa, Vietnmam ©blaastyle

Sapa, Vietnmam ©blaastyle

Sapa, Vietnmam ©blaastyle
Sapa, Vietnmam ©blaastyle
Sapa, Vietnmam ©blaastyle

 

Halong Bay

 

Halong Bay, Vietnmam ©blaastyle
Halong Bay, Vietnmam ©blaastyle
Halong Bay Cave, Vietnmam ©blaastyle
Pearl Factory in Halong bay, Vietnmam ©blaastyle
Halong Bay cave, Vietnmam ©blaastyle

 

Hué

 

Hotpot, Vietnmam ©blaastyle

Hué Imperial Citadel, Vietnmam ©blaastyle

 

Hoi An

 

Hoi An, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Hoi An, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Hoi An Roastery, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Hoi An, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Hoi An, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Temple in Hoi An, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Temple in Hoi An, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Japanese Bridge, Hoi An, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Hoi An, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Pho Bo, Vietnam @blaastyle

Hoi An Market, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Hoi An Market , Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Temple in Hoi An, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Hoi An, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Hoi An, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Hoi An, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Hoi An by night, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Lantern Market Hoi An, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Old Town Hoi An, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Old Town Hoi An, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Old Town Hoi An, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Old Town Hoi An, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Old Town Hoi An, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Hoi An, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Cocobox Hoi An, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Danang – Marble Mountain

 

Danang Marble Mountain, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Danang Marble Mountain, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Danang Marble Mountain, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Danang Marble Mountain, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Danang Marble Mountain, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Danang Marble Mountain, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Danang Marble Mountain, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Danang Marble Mountain, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Dalat

 

Dalat Pongour Waterfall, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Dalat Pongour Waterfall, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Dalat Pongour Waterfall, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Dalat, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Dalat Crazy House, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Mui Ne

 

Mui Ne Sand Dunes, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Mui Ne Sand Dunes, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Mui Ne Sand Dunes, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Mui Ne Sand Dunes, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Mui Ne Sand Dunes, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Mui Ne Sand Dunes, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Mui Ne Sand Dunes, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Mui Ne Sand Dunes, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Mui Ne Sand Dunes, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Mui Ne Sand Dunes, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Mui Ne Sand Dunes, Vietnam ©Blaastyle

Mui Ne Sand Dunes, Vietnam ©Blaastyle