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Finally, I am sitting down to reminisce about my travels in Vietnam. I had no intention of ever visiting the region because there are so many places that I want to travel in the world before that, but I had a great excuse to go there for my masters program last October. The trip went way faster than I thought – only an 11 hour flight to Seoul, Korea and then 4 more hours to Hanoi. Spent the first week in Hanoi wandering around the various markets, visiting museums and taking in the culture. I also had the opportunity to visit a factory where they make credit cards, talk to business leaders, and attend lectures by economists from the Communist Party of Vietnam. Overall a very fascinating country and I would highly recommend to anyone considering going.

Hanoi is loud, busy, wet, smelly, colorful, hot and much more. Here are some of the images I captured along the way. Stay tuned for week 2 in Vietnam.

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  1. January 26, 2012

    “…loud, busy, wet, smelly, colorful, hot”…and spectacular! Or so it would seem. Gorgeous pix — thank you for sharing them. 🙂

  2. January 26, 2012


  3. Rai #
    January 26, 2012

    This looks like such a great adventure!!

  4. January 26, 2012

    It looks just like the Philippines. :>

    • January 27, 2012

      take away the trees and add some more smog… then… it will look like manila… lol

      • February 1, 2012

        I agree…Hanoi seems to be more beautiful than Manila…Manila is too full of skyscrapers.

  5. January 26, 2012

    love the pics

  6. January 26, 2012

    Nice photos. I have fond memories of Hanoi from when I visited in 2001. Your pictures brought me back there. Thanks.

  7. Jenny #
    January 26, 2012

    Love the last photo of the colourful roofs. Enjoy your stay in Hanoi!

    — Jenny

  8. January 26, 2012

    its so bright and colorful !!!

  9. Carlie Chew #
    January 26, 2012

    Gorgeous photos!

  10. January 26, 2012

    hello, there…

    i like the second, the fourth and the last pics. and the description – “Hanoi is loud, busy, wet, smelly, colorful, hot and much more.” 🙂

    btw, your cam can take in so much details. if i took the pics, i know i won’t be able to capture as many people in the frame like you did in the fourth pic.^^ great shots. 🙂

  11. nella32000 #
    January 26, 2012

    Beautiful photographs.

  12. January 26, 2012

    The second photo and the last one are incredibly beautiful!

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  13. January 26, 2012

    this is nice serial i like it

  14. January 26, 2012

    Nice colourful skyline and description. Great photos, thanks.

  15. January 26, 2012

    Hanoi, what a place!

    I was there last year and had a blast, such a wonderful city and you’ve taken some amazing photos, makes me want to be back there!

  16. January 26, 2012

    Beautiful photos, I really enjoyed them, and what an extraordinary mix of image as the observer scrolls from one to another – extremely enjoyable, many thanks

  17. January 26, 2012

    Great photos! I lived in Vietnam for a year, and spent half of it living in Hanoi. Poweful images of a city I adore!

    • January 26, 2012

      Living there for a year must have been an adventure!

      • Tiểu Cá Mắm #
        January 26, 2012

        I’ve lived in Hanoi since I was 3 years old and Thank you for these wonderful pictures of my country! 😀

  18. January 26, 2012

    Great photos – thanks for sharing and congrats on being freshly pressed!

  19. January 26, 2012

    Great photos- time for me to expand MY horizons and get over there. Thanks!

  20. January 26, 2012

    Beautiful pics

  21. January 26, 2012

    Incredible shots!

  22. January 26, 2012

    Vietnam is pretty awesome! Love the photos too!

  23. Becky Eumorfopoulos #
    January 26, 2012

    Lovely photos, thanks for sharing them!

  24. January 26, 2012

    Thanks for sharing your photos. The colors are wonderful. Connie

  25. January 26, 2012

    Such beautiful photos!

  26. January 26, 2012

    Love the pictures-amazing!

  27. January 26, 2012

    i used to love going into saigon every couple of months back in the day. a wonderful exotic place. nice photos.

    • January 26, 2012

      Thanks! i wish I could have mad fit down to Saigon… maybe next time.

  28. January 26, 2012

    You are so lucky. I’ve always wanted to go to Vietnam. I shall follow your stay with interest.

  29. January 26, 2012

    Awesome pictures!! 😀

  30. DCM #
    January 26, 2012

    Yep, very colorful! Nice photos.

  31. January 26, 2012

    lovely photos… such vivid colors! congrats on being FP.

  32. January 26, 2012

    Really intrigued. Can’t wait to visit one day.

  33. January 26, 2012

    great photos!

  34. January 26, 2012

    Beautiful array of photos, supurb

  35. January 26, 2012

    Wow, I had no idea that is what Hanoi looked like. So colourful! And it’s crazy what they can do on those scooters :S

    • January 26, 2012

      The scooters wer perhaps the most amazing part of the city. It was crazy how traffic worked so well despite the chaos.

      • January 26, 2012

        Oh I know, they got it down pat over there. Well, I’ve seen it in Thailand. It seems like they drive so recklessly, but they make it work.

  36. January 26, 2012

    Great photos

  37. January 26, 2012

    City looks so lively give the contrast of third & forth images!

  38. whatafak #
    January 26, 2012

    fck jeah!

  39. January 26, 2012

    I think it was the late 1990s or early in the first decade of this century that I kept reading about Vietnam as a travel destination. I also saw two Vietnamese movies at a film festival around that time. Certainly your photographs show a clean and attractive city, with a reminder of the Vietnam War too, I’m guessing. I heard the food is good too.

    • January 26, 2012

      My trip definitely changed my perception of the country. Definitely was a lot different than I thought it would be.

      • January 27, 2012

        I am so glad to know that your trip did a great job on changing your thoughts about Ha Noi.
        And thank you for the great pics! (:

  40. January 26, 2012

    Amazing moments you’ve captured there x. I’m from Vietnam and I’m glad that you had a great trip.

  41. January 26, 2012

    Great photos. It’s giving me ideas for my trip there later this year. Thank you.

  42. January 26, 2012

    beautiful pictures your pictures just chaged my view about vietnam.I had no idead Hanoi was so beautiful. Upload some pore pictures if you can

  43. January 26, 2012

    You captured the vibrant part of the city and its people…now, that is cool!

  44. January 26, 2012

    A plenty colorful city. I enjoyed each picture, please share more with us!!!

    • January 26, 2012

      Stay tuned… I’ll put up some more from the rest of my trip!

  45. January 26, 2012

    I’m planning to go to Vietnam soon. Thanks for the pics! It makes me excited to go to Vietnam 🙂

  46. January 26, 2012

    I was there this time last year. I found it’s jungle of streets particularly attractive and lights around the lake at night, like pretty pearls. Check it out at

  47. Red Toenails #
    January 26, 2012

    …like you can just step off into them.

  48. January 26, 2012

    The craziest thing I ever tried to do in Hanoi was cross the street in this massive roundabout. Almost got taken out a few times – LOL!

    • January 26, 2012

      Ha! Yeah that may have happened to me a few times as well!

  49. RisingFromGravity #
    January 26, 2012

    You’re so lucky you get to observe Vietnam whilst doing your Masters. Vietnam is great. There’s so many different things to see and if you pay attention to the farming at all. It varies quite a bit from region to region. I hope you enjoy the rest of your stay and I look forward to reading up on your recollections.

  50. January 26, 2012

    amazing place. I think it’s amazing what they can pile onto a bike

  51. Le Ninja #
    January 26, 2012

    These photos are exciting. Very interesting Vietnam!

  52. January 26, 2012

    The pictures is great!!! keep up the picts!!

    Great day!!

  53. January 26, 2012

    Looks like you had fun! Gorgeous photos!

  54. January 26, 2012

    Great pictures! I hope to visit one day with my kids. They are half Vietnamese and I want them to experience the the country of their ancestors. Thanks for sharing!

  55. twenymarch #
    January 26, 2012

    love the beautiful colors of the pictures..

  56. January 26, 2012

    These pic are so nice. I’m a Vietnamese girl but live in the Western so I haven’t had a chance to visit Hanoi >< Thanks for your pic, I can see more things about our capital, how it looks like in daily life, its color…

    Because Vietnam is a developing country so there are still problems but I hope you have a good time in our country. And if and when you return to Vn again, why don't you visit our country in Lunar new year ? It's really a new experience to you 😀

    It's a little bit shy but May I add your blog in my wordpress ? I love traveling, taking picture and wanna be friends with people who have these interests ,too

    • January 27, 2012

      No problem…

      I would definitely like to go back for new year – sounds like a fantastic time!

      • January 27, 2012

        thanks so much ^_^ Hope you will find more exciting with your new trips

  57. shecoffe #
    January 26, 2012

    sweeety houses))

  58. January 27, 2012

    Great pics!! Reminds me of my visit there. Went to Hanoi in Nov 2010 then Saigon and mid Viet Nam in Feb 2011. A must travel country!! 😉

  59. January 27, 2012

    It is certainly a memorable country and well worth visiting. I’m plodding through a photo blog of our trip in 2010 at the moment.and it is a great way to relive the holiday. I like your selection of photos.

  60. January 27, 2012

    Hi there. Nice shots. I’m living in Hanoi now. Glad you enjoyed yourself.

  61. January 27, 2012

    As busy, wet, hot and seriously over-crowded with people and motorbikes as Hanoi is, I love that place! I miss the Old Quarter and the cafes and of course, the food. Did you try Bun Cha (you must have had!) while you were there? Delicious! Thanks for sharing such great photos 🙂

  62. January 27, 2012

    Nice photos! I recently traveled to the Philippines and wrote about an island I visited. You can check out the pictures using the link below if you’re interested.


  63. January 27, 2012

    Фото яркие.

  64. January 27, 2012

    Love your photos… Hanoi is pretty much my favourite city in the world, the beautiful colourful buildings are definitely a part of that.

  65. andrewjmck #
    January 27, 2012

    Reblogged this on andrewjmck and commented:
    A wonderful city.

  66. January 27, 2012

    Great images!

    Hope you were able to visit other cities in VN as well, it’s a BEAUTIFUL country!!!!

  67. January 27, 2012

    Fabulous photos – I was there over Christmas and New Year – Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh – your pictures have just brought back some wonderful memories, thank you.

  68. January 27, 2012

    great photos. 🙂

  69. January 27, 2012

    Beautiful Pictures! Not sure I’d want to come home 🙂

  70. January 27, 2012

    Posting a picture of down US aircraft is a slap in the face to Veterans, of which I am one. We haven’t come very far since the days of Jane Fonda…

  71. January 27, 2012

    Amazing photos, looks like a beautiful place.

  72. Emma @ Sweet Mabel #
    January 27, 2012

    I love Vietnam, such an experience. Your photographs are lovely, really make me want to go back!

  73. January 27, 2012

    Very interesting

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  75. January 27, 2012

    Jealous! You got some great pictures.

    We found it so hard to capture the real essence of Vietnam on camera – there was always so much going on!

    Nearly finished writing up my travels around the country finally – I took my trip a few years back! Would love to go again.

  76. January 27, 2012

    Love your photos! Thank you for sharing and glad you had a great time there! Have a great weekend!

  77. Lê Hạnh #
    January 27, 2012

    Nice. Touch

  78. sajal2692 #
    January 27, 2012

    Great pictures! Can’t wait for the next post!

  79. January 27, 2012

    i live in Hanoi.
    i love Hanoi!!!
    in Tet holiday, hanoi is quite, clear and cool!!
    Very interesting!!

  80. January 27, 2012

    Nice, I’ve been wanting to go to vietnam ever since I saw Apocalypse Now!

  81. January 27, 2012

    Just out of interest, why were there so many places that you wanted to see before S.E.Asia? Out of personal taste I think it looks like one of the most captivating places on Earth! Well, that’s in comparison to the sometimes dismal reality of living in England

    • January 27, 2012

      I actually had Africa, the Himalayas and New Zealand/Australia on my list before this part of Asia. After going there, I would have liked to explore the area for much longer.

  82. E. #
    January 27, 2012

    nice pictures, i have to say : )

  83. January 27, 2012

    Group sports classes out in the open seem to be the norm in Asia; as I remember reading about the Chinese and their (I’m blanking on the word) classes in public areas. Personally, I woudln’t want anybody watching me get all hot and sweaty, but apropos for them for doing things together!

  84. whyyyjen #
    January 27, 2012

    Your photos are amazing! It may not be all glamour but I want to visit Hanoi someday. 🙂

  85. January 27, 2012

    Thanks for sharing. Could you please include a description of the picture? (for instance, the 3rd picture looks like a military art piece?) Congrats on being FP.

    • January 27, 2012

      The description should show up if you hold your mouse over it and pause for a second. New to this theme and I am still working on how to display things.

      The third picture is from the War Museum in Hanoi – it was in the central courtyard and was a monument to the Vietnam War (known as the American War over there)

  86. vuitrenbanphim #
    January 27, 2012

    Let try to visit Sai Gon next time !

  87. vuitrenbanphim #
    January 27, 2012

    Reblogged this on Vui trên bàn phím and commented:
    Hanoi shot by tourist

  88. January 27, 2012

    I especially like the roof picture for its colors and the Ho Chi Minh garden picture for the angle you used. Gorgeous! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  89. January 27, 2012

    I’m going to Hanoi and Halong Bay in a month- I am very excited!
    Thanks Jezz

  90. January 27, 2012

    Vietnam’s been ticking up my list of countries to visit. You’re only giving that much more incentive to go.

  91. January 27, 2012

    love the picture,

  92. January 27, 2012

    Hey nice pictures! Also your article has been featured!

  93. January 27, 2012

    Awesome Vietnam post! Thank you for sharing!

    …following your blog…

  94. January 27, 2012

    Such a colorful and beautiful city, I always thought it would be the opposite.

    Cheers and congrats on being freshly pressed


  95. January 27, 2012

    The vibrance is quite compelling. Your choice of images was excellent, a perfect slice. Thank you for pulling me into your visit quickly, compellingly and beautifully.

  96. January 27, 2012

    Great shots. It would be nice if they were labeled so I didn’t have to hover over each pic to find out details.

  97. January 27, 2012

    Great photos =)

  98. January 27, 2012

    I love the color of the roofs on the older buildings. It is a shame that they make way for bland taller apartment buildings. Look forward to seeing more pictures and hearing about the people and food.

  99. January 27, 2012

    I have a friend who just went to Cambodia and will be volunteering there for 6 months. I’d love to visit him and thought about going to Vietnam during that trip. Your pictures have be questioning why I just thought about it, will definitely be visiting if I can make it out there. Beautiful.

  100. January 27, 2012

    Hey nice photo’s, if you don’t mind me asking what lens were you using when you took these shots?

    • January 28, 2012

      I only had room to bring one lens, so i brought my EF-S 17-55 f/2.8. I love that lens on my 7D!

  101. January 27, 2012

    The first picture is amazing, the fact that he can balance something so big and still ride a bike wow! also love the rooftops picture, thank you for sharing 🙂

  102. January 27, 2012

    spectacular images these…… would love to visit there in the near future… many thanks for posting!!!

  103. Manoj #
    January 27, 2012

    Every city has a story to tell and these photos capture the essence of Vietnam. Thanks for sharing the sights and sound of Hanoi.

  104. January 27, 2012

    I really like your post! Je voudrais bien aller a Hanoi dans l’avenir ! Merci

  105. January 27, 2012

    Last picture…. your last picture……how a city could be so beautifully colorful……… i love it

  106. January 28, 2012

    very entertaining article! more or less, it looks like our country too.. 😀

  107. January 28, 2012

    Love the last photo, all the different coloured roofs.

  108. January 28, 2012

    Very charming!!!

  109. Seth #
    January 28, 2012

    lovin’ the very colorful rooftops

  110. EunhyukJJshi #
    January 28, 2012

    Your so lucky to go to Hanoi, I’m from outside hanoi and I’m adopted. Sometime I would like to visit vietnam ❤

  111. January 28, 2012

    Thanks for this post. Suddenly reminded me to post my images during my visit last year. The guilt of having taken too many photos and then too lazy to choose which ones to upload. The place is indeed too colorful for words (took similar colored roof images, but yours were better). Glad I survived crossing streets without being side-swept. Have a nice day. 🙂

  112. jaya #
    January 28, 2012

    loud city

  113. January 28, 2012

    Wow amazing photography how is the food in vietnam?

  114. aytacgok #
    January 28, 2012

    Reblogged this on 10th Village.

  115. Jen #
    January 28, 2012

    Hanoi is at the tippity top of my list, so jealous & love the photos! Curious to know what kind of masters program you’re in…

  116. January 28, 2012

    Brilliant shots!

  117. Todd Materazzi Photography #
    January 28, 2012

    The busy streets brings back memories of other countries I visited. Great capture in motion!

  118. January 28, 2012

    Your shots are awesome and your description had me a tad curious. Smelly? lol I’m afraid to ask.


  119. January 28, 2012

    Beauty photots… ♥

  120. January 28, 2012

    Great photos
    I’ve been to Vietnam too a few months ago, fell in love with it so much!
    Please check my photos at
    and my passion ( my art paintings and collages) at

  121. alice pngen ..... #
    January 28, 2012

    Reblogged this on

  122. January 28, 2012

    I wonder how that guy moves through traffic on such a loaded motorcycle.Great skill………..:):)

  123. January 28, 2012

    Beautiful! I wud like to go here sometime..

  124. January 28, 2012

    Oh ya.. Nice photos Btw..

  125. flickrhoneys #
    January 29, 2012

    Amazing shots, Hanoi is on my list of must visit places for 2012, cheers!

  126. January 29, 2012

    How did you find the government?

  127. January 29, 2012

    Vietnam is interesting country for me, because I’ve read an article about the vietnam children living on the street and it really makes me sad. Since then, I read more about vietnam people and how they live their lives.

  128. January 29, 2012

    A beautiful collection of pictures.

  129. January 29, 2012

    My beloved Ha Noi :”>

    Thank you for those beautiful pictures!

  130. January 29, 2012

    very nice photographs.


  131. January 29, 2012

    Hanoi… looks so lovely with a lot of vivid colors and curious people

    nice shots
    show us a part of the interesting Vietnam

  132. January 29, 2012

    beautiful, clear, colorful and captivating. I am immediately drawn in with your story and beautiful photos. Can’t wait to hear more!

  133. January 29, 2012

    Vivid, beautiful!

  134. January 29, 2012

    Nice photos! I especially liked the last one. Vibrance! I’m curious: How was the food? 🙂

  135. Cassie #
    January 29, 2012

    Oh my gosh, those roofs. I love them.

  136. January 29, 2012

    Vietnam is a country that is rising in economic status. As wages have pushed higher in China, Vietnam is attracting much interest as a future manufacturing center. Population is young and hard working.

  137. January 29, 2012

    The orient at its best. The mysticism and dimensions of the Orient shine through from these photographs. Thanks for sharing.

  138. January 29, 2012

    if you like “loud,smelly,wet, busy,hot”, do visit india. it is louder, smellier, more colorful than you can imagine, spicier and hotter!

  139. January 30, 2012

    i wish i can go there :]

  140. January 30, 2012

    Reblogged this on margaretkho.

  141. turtlestravel #
    January 30, 2012

    Thanks for sharing some great images. We were just in Hanoi last month, and enjoyed reliving some memories. Our impressions from our visit are on our blog here: if you’d like to compare notes!

  142. January 30, 2012

    Thanks your so so much your photo, that is big give you are give me for Chinese & Vietnamese New year ! look like i see my family in the picture. Miss my beautiful country and very very miss my lovely family. 😦
    Happy new year 2012 everyone , Wishing you and your family be Happy, Healthy and Successful !

  143. January 30, 2012

    Thanks for those pics. Looks like a really lively city.

  144. January 30, 2012

    Some great shots …sounds like my thinking also: “never wanted to go, can’t wait to go back”. Spectacular country full of great people, beautiful landscapes, spectacular food and full of history”.
    Great work,

  145. Yi #
    January 30, 2012

    You make the city smells fresh for us. Bravo !

  146. January 30, 2012

    The colourful roofs are lovely – it is sometimes hard getting colour out when Hanoi is so grey in winter! The Army museum is particularly striking on sunny days reflecting off all the wreckage… more pics of that site and others here:

  147. January 30, 2012

    I’ve never imagined Hanoi to be so vibrant! This will now be part of my bucket list! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful photos! 🙂

  148. Nicola Dunne #
    January 30, 2012

    Beautiful photos! I visited Hanoi about three years ago and it’s an amazing city of contrasts. Thanks for bringing back some good memories!

  149. budireve #
    January 30, 2012

    brings back memories, stayed there for 4 years, despite the humidity the city is lovely especially around hoan kiem lake

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  150. January 31, 2012

    Love this post! Love my country and hope you are going to plan a trip to Ho Chi Minh city someday, I can be your freelance tourguide for sure, hehe

  151. February 1, 2012

    Dope stuff.

  152. February 1, 2012

    Great photos! Hanoi has always been on my “to-visit” list.

  153. talestotellbyemil #
    February 2, 2012

    Wow.. next stop for me is Vietnam.. ty

  154. February 13, 2012

    The photos look gorgeous! 🙂

  155. March 10, 2012

    Hi. your pics are great. But as a vietnamese, I think you should go to Hochiminh city if you want to travel to vietnam again.

    Hochiminh city is more beautiful and cleaner. We also have more delicious food.
    The weather in Hochiminh city is also better and more comfortable than in hanoi.

    I hope that you love my country.

  156. April 12, 2012

    The third photo is so striking…

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