Vietnam Photo Gallery
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The unique One Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi, a famous place of worship for Budhists.

Tran Quoc Pagoda, located on a small island between West Lake (Ho Tay) and Truc Bach Lake.

The gate to the Temple of Literature, place of the first Vietnamese university founded in 1070 by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong.

One of 82 stalae, considered to be the most precious artefacts in the temple, contains names of students.

Insense sticks used by Budhists in the Temple of Literature to worship their dead relatives.

Exhibit of bonsais inside the area of Temple of Literature, beset with little ponds, pavillons and temples.

One of the altars inside the Temple of Literature. Inscriptions are written in Chinese characters, which have been used in Vietnam till 20th century till replaced by Latin alphabet.

The Opera in central Hanoi, evoking the old French colonial times. Hanoi is the city most influenced by the French architecture.

Symbol of Hanoi, a pagoda on a small island on the Hoan Kien lake. One of the nicest places in town, a popular meeting point especially of young people.

Water Puppet Theater - this lovely art was invented in Northern Vietnam more than a thousand years ago, being unique for Vietnam.

Puppets are controlled by a sophisticated mechanism on long under-water sticks by hidden actors standing to the waist in water, imitating a rice paddy.

The Cathedral of our Lady in Hanoi, built in 1880's by the French, is the largest church in Vietnam.

Formally Vietnam is still a socialist country, thus displaying statues of communist leaders including a one devoted to Lenin.

The first president Ho Chi Minh is a beloved person by almost everyone in Vietnam due to his role in the struggle for independance.

Ethnographic museum, presumably the best museum in Vietnam. A communal house of minoties tribes in Central Highlands.

Long house of a tribe with matriarchal society. House is divided into sections belonging to landlady's daugthers and their husbands.

A small places of worship influenced by Indian religions, known for its wooden status of nude people indulging in sexual activities.

The local people believed that by worshipping these figures they will increase their virility.

Typical street in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, with its trees, shops and especially motorbikes.

Old Quarter is one of the most overcrowded areas in the world, also due to the exorbitant prices of land.

Overcrowded streets during the afternoon peak hours.

A new shop has opened, a little ceremony with women in traditional dresses takes places.

Scenary during the 3-days trip to Fansipan near Sapa, the highest mountain in Vietnam.

Mountains around Sapa are known for its eternal foggy weather conditions.

View on the mountain range during the trip to Fansipan mountain.

One of the rare moments with the sun and blue sky.

View from the Fansipan mountain.

There are almost no trees at the summit of Fansipan, only bamboo bush.

Finally on the top of Fansipan mountain, known as the roof of Indochina.

Two girls from a minority tribe near Sapa town, carrying a heave load on their backs.

Local kinds playing at the river.

Black pigs are ubiquitous in Vietnamese villages. This one is about to produce piglets.

Water mill for dehusking rice seeds. Flowing water fill a special wooder bucket. When filled, the bucket moves down...

...and a big wooden hammer trashes into a small container with rice. There are many such water mills around Sapa.

Sapa town, a popular mountain resort developed from a former hill station founded in 1922 by the French.

Many of the beautiful houses in Sapa date back to the French colonial times. A little warning, bring here a warm sweater!

Hmong and Dzao people try hard to sell some of their stuff to tourists.

Sometimes they are successful. This woman was lucky selling me two of her beautiful hand-wowen bags.

Elder siblings carry the younger ones on their backs.

Young woman was proud to let make a picture of her baby.

Like everywhere, also the local kids are very cute.

A local star, one of very few people in northwestern Vietnam speaking good English.

Align to the line!

Travelling by bus in Vietnam is certainly not for those with feable minds. Punctures, breakdowns and even accidents are common with the overaged bus fleet here.

Off the beaten track, visiting a remotely located little town Sinho. Police have bad reputation here and a "you ain't from around here look" can be seen on the faces of many locals.

Three women carrying wood on their backs, resembling one Rusian fairy-tale.

If you spend some time in Vietnam, be sure you'll encounter this sonner or later...

The landscape around Sinho town is beset with such little but pointy hills.

Rice paddies with terraces typical for mountainous regions.

House in Muong Lay where the Thay minority lives.

Dien Bien Phu, a site of the world famous battle, where the French received a humiliating defeat in 1954 from the Vietnamese fighters for independance.

Ten of thousands of men on both sides lost their lives in Dien Bien Phu. The cemetary built for the Vietnamese soldiers.

In the aftermath of the battle, the French gave up Indochine and Vietnam became finally independant, although separated into two countries.

A French tank erected in front of the battle museum in Dien Bien Phu.

Skilled local cooks preparing a roasted dog at the town market.

Reed baskets used for transporting animals, a Vietnamese version of a "fridge" to keep meat fresh.

These poor geese are about to enjoy the last ride of their short life before being eaten.

Hilly region around Mai Chau. Northwestern Vietnam is virtually only mountains.

Idylic rural landscape in Mai Chau, a cluster of villages with minority people, mainly of the White Thai.

Banana trees growing around stilted houses in Mai Chau.

It is very relaxing to walk across the rice paddies and observe the peaceful life of locals.

The season has just ended on these rice paddies, in another few weeks new seedlings will be planted.

Huge bulls taking pleasure in bathing in a small river in the middle of a hot day.

Stilted house in Mai Chau, where tourists are welcome to stay overnight in a local family.

Interior of a stilted house, the first floor where visitors can sleep.

Song Da Reservoir, the biggest dam in Vietnam, an important source of electricity.

These islands are former mountains submerged after the contruction of the dam.

Fishermen living in small shelters on the lake near their boats. It is possible to rent a boat with driver to take a ride.

Village in the vicinity of the Song Da Reservoir.

Camelia has finally arrived! This is our first Vietnamese picture together, taken in the famous Halong Bay

The legend has it that this landscape was created by a descending dragon, who hit the ground with his tail while going into the waters

Hai An - this is our boat; no idea what this name is supposed to mean

Which one is Hai An in this picture? The first of you to spot it gets a coconut candy :)

The absolute Feng Shui location for a house, with mountains in the background and water in the front

A close up into the "boatyard" (there is no courtyard, with so much water around)

A rock in front of a bigger rock. Amazing, huh?!

One of the few caves of Halong Bay open to tourists

What's in a name? Former Presidential Palace of South Vietnam, current Reunification Palace of the Socialits Republic of Vietnam

Learning how to re-integrate into the nature from an experienced Buddhist monk

A canal in the Mekong Delta - one of the few places in Vietnam without motorbikes

Smiling Camelia and Michal, who were unaware that they were in the proces of getting slightly sunburnt

There are many strange looking/ tasting fruits in the Mekong Delta, but this one really got our attention - the Czech Fruit

Michal pretending to be tough while holding a sleepy mini-python

Making rice-paper in a farm in the same Mekong Delta

Sun-drying - an important phase in making rice-paper

Check out their hands - they were so quick in wrapping the coconut candies, that the movement is captured also in the picture

Going to the market in Mekong Delta style

A glimpse of the floating market at Cai Rang

When you live in a boat and don't know how much money you need to the market, just take entire household along

Some of the strange/good looking and tasting fruits of the Mekong delta

Selling snakes and other horrible creatures of the sea

400 years ago the Mekong delta was a dangerous place because of the many animals; the Vietnamese took over the territory by eating them all

No vertebrate or nonvertebrate can escape the Vietnamese

Having eaten all the natural enemies, the rice crops are now abundant

Living on the water- a way to avoid land purchasing

The fabulous beach of Mui Ne....

...and one of its comfortable and inexpensive resorts

The resort is so impressive, that even the ox gives a shit about it :)

A simple cradle with a happy little baby

The fishing port of Mui Ne, where the fishermen hang around during the day; they go to the sea only at night

A beautiful sunset in Mui Ne...

A small but colorful canyon in Mui Ne with interesting sandstone formations.

Inside the canyon flows a brook with waterfalls surrounded by banana trees.

Occasionally there are small streams in the canyon joining the brook.

The brook is shallow enough to allow for a pleasant walk barefoot upstream.

Detail of a small stream flowing down from the sand dunes which are above the canyon.

Camelia looking respectfully up towards the photographer.

Michal looking haughtily down like trying to suggest who is actually the ruler here.

Another canyon with sandstone formations about 5 km away from Mui Ne.

The canyon with the South China Sea in the background.

No, this is not Sahara, we are still in the humid tropical zone of southern Vietnam, in the sand dunes near Mui Ne.

Happy couple just seconds after finishing their "great sand-sledging ride" advertised by local kids.

Ruins of the ancient religious site of Cham people in central Vietnam, inscribed in UNESCO, but heavily damaged during the American War.

Side effect of the typhoon "Dorian" which hit first Phillipines and then the South Vietnamese coast a few hundreds kilometers from My Son. It was raining for three days.

The charming Japanese Bridge in Hoi An, a beatiful historic town also inscribed in UNESCO.

the gate of the Japanese Bridge, a popular place often overcrowded with tourists.

River in Hoi An with a former port. Hoi An used to be a very important Vietnamese city with a large population of Chinese merchants.

The Chinese built many imposing houses and congregation halls, witnessing the prosperity of their merchant class.

Hoi An was known as Faifo to early Western traders, being a major international port between 17th and 19th century.

It is a living museum with perfectly preserved old houses thanks to the good will from both sides during the American war.

Many houses can be visited by tourists, there is a huge selection of restaurants and the town is also a favorite shopping place.

Hoi An is especially beautiful at night, when the the streets and its houses are lit with romantic lanterns.

Typical yellow-colored house in central Hoi An.

Tropical rain reached us unfortunately in Hoi An, too.

Welcome to Hue, the former imperial residence and capital of Vietnam in 19th century.

There were in total 13 emperors from the Nguyen dynasty between 1802 and 1945.

The impressive citadel enclosing the imperial city and the Forbidden City in the very center, built according to the famous Chinese model in Peking.

A pavillon in the imperial tombs in the vicinity of Hue, a peaceful place with parks, lakes and temples.

A multitude of red fish waiting in vain for Camelia to drop them some food, which has not happened.

The unofficial symbol of the city of Hue, Thien Mu Pagoda, overlooking the Perfume River, with its 21m high seven-storey octagonal tower.

One of the many gates of the Hue citadel, which is also inscribed in UNESCO but underwent heavy damages during the American war.

The preserved part of the citadel not damaged by the war.

Yet another gate leading to the Forbidden City in Hue citadel.

Statues of an elephant in one of several imperial tombs founded by various emperors from Nguyen dynasty near Hue.

Tomb of emperor Khai Dinh is the last one of the imperial tombs built between 1920-1931.

Romantic setting with a lake; this is probably the most beatiful one of all the imperial tomb sites.

Excellent place for honeymoon - we met two young Vietnamese couples visiting tombs during their honeymoon trip.

Back in northern Vietnam. This was one day trip to the Perfume Pagoda, arguably the most beautiful pagoda in Vietnam.

Perfume pagoda is about 60 km from Hanoi and can be reached by boat along a scenic waterway between limestone cliffs.

A small temple overlooking the river during the riverboat trip.

One of the pagodas in the vicinity of the Perfume Pagoda.

Finally there - the gorgeous Perfume Pagoda, located inside a huge limestone cave.

One of several altars in the cave's interior.