I have only been to Vietnam once and I didn’t know what to expect.
As I was driven in from the airport into the maelstrom that is Ho Chi Minh city traffic I was doubting I would like it very much. It was chaotic, it was polluted, it was so totally foreign to my preferred ‘norms’. I was only there for a few days for a conference I reassured myself.
But guess what…
By the end of those ‘few days’ in fact by the end of that day I was beguiled by Vietnam. It’s flavours, it’s colours, it’s culture, it’s history and it’s people. Oh my god it’s people.
Smiling, warm, gracious and giving.
Faces of Vietnam.
It’s likely that you have not been to Vietnam so over a series of posts across the coming days I want to try and represent my love for the country and its people in images. And if you have been then I am sure you won’t mind following along too. Hopefully the photos may bring back some memories of your travels there too.
Yeah well I definitely don’t love the pollution in the cities. Luckily though verdant and lush forests and rice paddy fields aren’t far away to escape to.
Vestiges of the Vietnam War are plentiful and history is always told by the victors isn’t it. I will touch on my observations about this in an upcoming post.
I have always had a pretty good ‘smell-a-rat’ radar and the needle didn’t so much as flicker when I was in Vietnam. I met and interacted with genuinely warm, smiling and gentle people.
I will never probably know how much the children of today are told about the horrors of the past. From my wanders and reconnoitres I saw happy, playful and wide-eyed kids inquisitive and cheeky towards foreigners. Their innocence and happiness was the highlight of my trip.