Vietnam was my first impression of Asia. Different, beautiful, dirty, untouched, disturbing and amazing – the contrary harmony.
Life in the Mekong Delta is all about the river. People go almost everywhere by boat, wash their clothes, dishes, kids inside, go fishing, through their rubbish inside, water their plants and all rice fields from it. The Mekong river is essential in this region and to us it’s indeed fascinating to see how it works, but after the first moments of awe it just gets disturbing and sad how little people need here to survive. Because sometimes they don’t manage. Children mostly don’t have any perspective as they have to support the families, too. Here is one option to help: http://www.sos-kinderdoerfer.de/unsere-arbeit/wo-wir-helfen/asien/vietnam
The Cai Rang floating market in Can Tho:
the best cookies in Vietnam!
Hoi An, the city of lanterns:
Can you tell that’s banana blossom? The salad made out of it is one of the most delicious things ever!
parking spot in a kitchen
Marble Mountains. All five of them have cave entrances, tunnels and the buddhist sanctuaries within them make this place real magical. You can spend several hours here, even climbing to one of the peaks, if you are into it.
Hue, the forbidden city:
Ho Chi Minh City with its 7 million population is Vietnam’s biggest city. Everyone seems to be on the move and crossing the street alive might be your biggest challenge here.
Visiting the war museum here or on Phu Quoc, might not be on a to-do-list for a holiday, but it definitely gives a glimpse of what agent orange, torture and other war crimes have to do with the story of a generation.
I don’t have the habit to take many selfies with a “real” camera or carry tripods around, so this is one of three (bad) pictures of us together 🙂
Phu Quoc, the paradise island in the very south. Still undiscovered by most tourists, something that’s going to change in the next 3-5 years: