Vietnam is one of my favourite countries I’ve visited so far. I loved the culture, people and found the cities (that I visited) incredibly photogenic! In this picture based post you will find various images of the places I’ve visited, which for me was almost a first taste of the country. I visited Hanoi, then headed up to Sapa and finished in Hoi An. This trip made me fall in love with the country and I’m itching to go back, as there are still heaps of places I haven’t visited yet, such as Ha Long Bay and Ho Chi Minh City. So if you’d like to see some of my pictures, get some inspiration and see what Vietnam is like, then keep scrolling to see some of my favourite pictures and read a little bit about them.
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My first stop in Vietnam was to visit the capital Hanoi! Instantly from the first moment I arrived I started growing fond of the city. I found the people nice, smiley and loved the architecture, culture and things to see and do. This was enhanced when I started trying the food, which was always delicious from the soups to the famous Banh mi sandwich. To plan your visit to Hanoi visit our Travel Guide to Hanoi.
Streets and culture
On my first day in the city I just walked around everywhere and my first impression was that the Vietnamese are incredibly hard-working people. With the ladies often seen walking along the street selling items to local stores, and the men working in shops or at motorbike garages.
Right through the middle of the city is one of the best photo spots with a train track running through the middle. Photographs from here have been some of my most popular shots on Instagram.
Sometimes whilst exploring I’d sometimes see barber shops on the street. I thought it was quite interesting to see and showed a little of local culture.
This friendly lady came up to me whilst I was walking around Hoan Kiem Lake. She was selling something that tasted a bit like donuts and made for a nice snack.
There are lots of attractions in Hanoi from museums, temples, and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum seen below. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is probably the most important structure in the country and is where the remains of leader Ho Chi Minh are.
A beautiful and highly colourful building, The Temple of Literature is a must visit and great to photograph.
The Trấn Quốc Pagoda was built in the 6th century and you can visit inside or just enjoy the view and take photographs as I did. I would have gone in but unfortunately I felt I wasn’t dressed respectfully enough.
The Hoan Kiem Lake is very beautiful and great to photograph at night. You’ll find a red bridge crossing it to a small island and the Ngoc Son Temple. The lake is also great to walk around at night, and when I was there, there was a wonderful atmosphere, with people playing music, kids playing games and it was just really pleasant.
Traffic can get pretty crazy in Hanoi and you will likely see more bikes and scooters than you’ve ever seen before.
Just north of Hoan Kiem Lake is a square which I think maybe one of the busiest intersections for traffic. Around here are quite a few restaurants which allow for fantastic photo opportunities of the traffic.
I came back to this spot at night and loved how it looked with a long exposure and the light trails.
Mosaic along Yên Phụ
Along Yên Phụ (street) is the worlds longest mosaic stretching for almost 4000 meters and is now in the Guinness World Records. It’s pretty cool to see but wasn’t that easy to find a safe spot for photographs.
All the food and drink is incredible in Vietnam, with the Bun Cha dish seen below is one of my favourite dishes I’ve ever had.