Faces of Vietnam. Part 2.

It’s the people.

And of the people it’s the children that so stick in my memory from my brief trip to Vietnam. I remember them being inquisitive yet holding a respectful distance; bright-eyed and quick to wave whilst staying close to mum. They also loved to chime out

“Hello…”

in English accompanied by a cheeky chorus of giggles.

Smiling and happy.
Smiling and happy.

Gracious people.

Suffice to say I won’t be talking about ‘the War’ here. Many who fought there all those years ago now may understandably have a different opinion than me. But I can only ‘report’ what I observed and experienced from my first Vietnam trip.

And that’s what I do whenever and where ever I travel.

I travel to learn and observe to understand.

I saw and met warm, gracious, patient and contented people.

Unrushed and patient.
Unrushed and patient.

Non-hurried and often, it seemed, without many possessions I observed families laughing, working and playing together. Outside of the cities it seems very much a paddock to plate subsistence society which is actually still the norm for most of the world’s population.

Thank god for digital photography is all I can say. I took so many photographs. Many more than I normally do. The reason?

The reason being that instead of scowls or ‘look aways’ upon being noticed with my bulky Canon DSLR – common with street photography in western cities – I was welcomed with a beaming smile more often than not. And how can a photographer refuse an invitation like that.

Face of Vietnam. Part 2. Gallery. [click an image to enlarge]

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Saxon

Travel is my passion and also my career. I’ve spent my entire working-life in the travel industry with roles as diverse as tour guide, travel agent and marketing manager for some of the worlds largest travel brands. My favourite city in the world to visit is NYC and France is my most beloved country to explore. I travel to learn and observe to understand always with camera in hand.

12 thoughts on “Faces of Vietnam. Part 2.

  1. I love that you have a post dedicated to faces – it seems like a quick, genuine way to give us a glimpse of Vietnam. I’m especially in love with what you wrote about the children in the previous post – I felt the same way about the children I saw in Afghanistan – they’re curious, sometimes gleeful and love nothing more than seeing the photos you’ve taken of them.

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