I have just returned from an amazing trip to Vietnam. What a wonderful country! I travelled from South to North and saw a fair chunk of this amazing place, although was ruing the fact I couldn’t stay longer. I flew back via Guangzhou in China. Here is a photo diary of what I got up to.
DAY 1 – Ho Chi Minh City
The Phu Dong Thien Vuong statue at the roundabout joining Pham Hong Thai and Le Thi Rieng.
Ho Chi Minh City Square.
A stunning view from the top of the Bitexco Financial Tower Skydeck.
I love this photo – shows how manic the city can be with millions of scooters whizzing past.
This photo taken from a rooftop bar shows how busy the main roundabout is!
DAY 2 – Mekong Delta
The children in Vietnam are so happy, always smiling and playing. This shot is one of my favourites.
The Vinh Trang Temple on the way back to HCMC was beautiful.
A calming and beautiful boat trip around the backwaters of the Mekong Delta.
The Cần Thơ Bridge – the largest main span cable-stayed bridge in South East Asia is nearly 3km long.
DAY 3-4 – Huế
The Huế Imperial City is a spectacular place.
My partner getting engrossed in the history of the Imperial City.
The gate exiting the Imperial City to the north east of the fortress.
It was fascinating to view the collection of recaptured war vehicles in the Imperial City.
DAY 5-7 – Hội An
Cua Dai Beach at Hội An was pristine. One of the best I’ve seen.
Boats line the docks at the gorgeous old town, a UNESCO world heritage site.
The Japanese Bridge in the old town is one of the top sights in the city.
Lanterns are a top selling souvenir in the old town.
DAY 8-9 – Hanoi
The old quarter in Hanoi is a colourful and vibrant place.
Hanoi is one of the most bustling and busy places you will ever experience.
Overlooking Đài phun nước roundabout – a famous spot in Hanoi.
DAY 10 – Halong Bay
Our room on the AuCo Cruise boat was very lavish!
The dining room in the AuCo was a lovely place to enjoy some great food.
Halong Bay is the most stunning of areas. A must see.
The floating village in Halong Bay was wonderful to see how locals live and make a living.
One of the many inlets which you see in Halong Bay. A stunning, stunning area.
Sunset at Halong Bay. A fitting time to propose (and she said yes, too!).
Getting up at 5:30 to see the sunrise over Halong Bay was a magical experience.
When it rains in Halong Bay, it really rains. We got caught in a full-blown storm!
DAY 11 – Guangzhou
The TaiKoo Hoo shopping centre in Guangzhou is one of many impressive new buildings.
The Canton Tower illuminates the Guangzhou skyline. It’s China’s tallest building.
The Guangzhou Library is one of the most impressive new buildings in the city.
There you have it. I hope you enjoyed the photo gallery. I certainly enjoyed taking them. I was blown away by the kindness of people and the spellbinding beauty of Vietnam, while my brief stay in China has given me the taste to see more of it.
All images copyright of Andy Parsons and the Travelling Times. ©