Vietnam

An incredible road trip of more than 2200 km that took me from the warm south Vietnam to the lush mountains of the far north. Through this extraordinary country rich in history and traditions, always looking for the contact with the people who are without a doubt the most amazing thing you'll find in Vietnam.

 

- The Lonely Bicycle -
 
Although Ho Chi Minh City is known for being the motorbike Capital of the World, with estimates of more than four million motorbikes, there are still many non-motorized transport, such as carts and bicycles, which are lost in the river of scooters that invade the streets of the
most populous and chaotic city in Vietnam.
 

Ho Chi Minh City  - Vietnam                                                                                                   July  2015

- Sunset in Mui Ne -
 

The day draws to an end, the sun is disappearing behind the clouds overlooking the horizon, the beach is full of people enjoying the fresh wind coming from the sea among them a group of young men playing football.

 

 

 

 

  Mui Ne - Bình Thuận Province

Vietnam

                              July   2015

- The Old Rower -
 
An elderly lady rolls a cigarette after a long day carry around tourists on her small rowing boat along the river that runs
through the old town of Hoi An.
 
 
Hoi An - Quảng Nam Province - Vietnam                July  2015
- Childwood -
 
"The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself he becomes wise."  A.N.
 
 
Hoi An - Quảng Nam Province - Vietnam                July  2015
- A Morning on the Beach -
 
It is early morning, a seller walking on the beach, going to the small fish market every day for a few hours is formed on the beach not far from the town of Mui Ne.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

  Mui Ne - Bình Thuận Province

Vietnam

                              July   2015

- The Image of an Idea -
 
 "For a photographer a true story is not an address to go with the right filters and sophisticated machines. A story means to read, study, be ready. Photographing means to seek in things what we already understand with our head. A great picture is the image of an idea." T.T.
 
 

Hoi An - Quảng Nam Province - Vietnam                                                                                                  July  2015

- Paradise cave -
 

Thiên Đường Cave, also known as Paradise Cave, is in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. The cave is located on an elevation of 200 meters above the sea level and was discovered by a local man in 2005. This cave is 31 km long, longer than Phong Nha Cave before 2005 Which Had Been Considered the longest cave in this national park.

 

 Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park

 Quảng Bình Province - Vietnam

                             June   2015

- The Riverside -
 
Every day after sunset on the riverside of the old town of Hoi An hundreds of paper lanterns are released on the river. The old buildings and the streets are crowded with locals and tourists, the smell of incense mixes with the food prepared on the street.
The air is warm, from the many restaurants come out every type of music, the city is alive.
 

Hoi An

Quang Nam Province - Vietnam

                             July   2015

- A Long Day -
 

I met this child on the riverfront of Hoi An, was selling lanterns with his little brother, when some tourists have insisted to take pictures with them. I think it's a beautiful expression, a mixture of boredom and complacency. Just before he had told me that every day after school he sells lanterns and bracelets to tourists to help his family, I think I fully understand his expression, he has had a very long day.

 

Hoi An

Quang Nam Province - Vietnam

                             July   2015

- Morning Market-
 
I love the local markets in Asia, the atmosphere, the smells, the sounds, voices and people, especially people. Farmers of the surrounding countryside, fishermen and artisans crowded almost on top of each other, in a tangle of human beings. It seems to be catapulted back in time, a time away from modernity and consumerism.
 
 

Hoi An

Quang Nam Province - Vietnam

                             July   2015

- Green Paradise -
 

I am in the Lao Cai Province in the far north of Vietnam, a few tens of kilometers norther and there is China. Outside the small town of Sa pa the scenery is magnificent, high green mountains rising on the horizon are surrounding the entire area, the less steep slopes and valleys are full of rice terraces, the colors are incredible, the fields are lush green, the rice is almost ready, the harvest is only weeks away. In the area there are a myriad of tiny villages inhabited by farmer who live by cultivating the land in this corner of paradise.

 
 

Lao Chai Village -  Lao Cai Province - Vietnam                                                                                                 August  2015

- Dinner Break -
 

A group of young sellers of paper lanterns eat their dinner on the street near the canal that divides the old city in two.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hoi An

Quang Nam Province - Vietnam

                             July   2015

- The Little Rocker -
 
 Children of all ages travel daily from their villages in the town of Sa Pa to sell bracelets, handbags and other handicrafts to tourists. Unfortunately many do not attend school, and because of the training they received from adults, some of them are very aggressive sellers. 
 
 
 
 
 

Sa Pa - Lao Cai Province - Vietnam

                          August   2015

- Vietnamese Landscape -
 

Walking around the Phong Nha National Park just outside the Phong Nha cave, the scenery is gorgeous, after several days of rain, the sun shines on a lush natural environment, under me there the last part of the Son River, before being swallowed and disappear in the caves.

 

 

 

 

Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

Quang Binh Province - Vietnam

                            July   2015

- Phong Nha Son Dong -
 
Phong Nha Cave is a cave in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site It is 7,729 meters long and contains 14 grottoes is one of the largest wet cave on the planet. Venturing into this world is affascinane, extraordinary formations of stalactites and stalagmites sprouting everywhere.
 
 
 

Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

Quang Binh Province - Vietnam

                            July   2015

- The Ancient Town of Hoi An -
 

Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. 

Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.

 Hoi An (會 安) can be translated as "peaceful meeting place"

 
 

Hoi An -  Quang Nam Province - Vietnam                                                                                                 July  2015

- People -
 
During my trip, I spent a lot of time with people; in the cities, in the markets, vendors, children, people of many nations, cultures and religions. I always found it interesting how photography can become a means of human contact, the reason why two people meet and talk for a few minutes.
 
 
 
 

Sa Pa - Lao Cai Province - Vietnam

                          August   2015

- Sunset Cruise -
 
A boat carrying a family around the river during sunset in the city of Hoi An.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hoi An

Quang Nam Province - Vietnam

                             July   2015

- Red Dzao Woman -
 

The Red Dzao is one of the largest and most colourful ethnic groups in Vietnam. The tribe are believed to be the original inhabitants of Sapa, and it's a surreal sight as they weave their way through the crowds in elaborate traditional dress.One of the highlights of any visit to Sapa its get lost in the local markets. The colourful, joyful markets attract hundreds of visitors, as locals not only showcase their exquisite handicrafts but also the unique customs of their tribe.

 

Sa Pa - Lao Cai Province - Vietnam

                          August   2015

- Baby's Eyes -
 

An infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, check with curiousity from the shoulders of his mother, the world around him, the many colors and scents of the market in Sa Pa, the voices and the laughter of the sellers and some motorbike passing by, 

 

 

Sa Pa - Lao Cai Province - Vietnam                                                                                     Agust  2015

- Three Friends -
 

They come from a village in the valley, south of Sa Pa, every day they walk the several kilometers that takes them into the town where they try to sell bracelets to tourists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sa Pa - Lao Cai Province - Vietnam

                          August   2015

- The Way Home -
 
It's almost 7 pm and after a long day of work in the fields, two farmers escorting three water buffaloes to the village where they will spend the night.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

  Ta Van Village - Lao Cai Province 

 Vietnam

                          August   2015

- The Eye of the Cyclone -
 
One of my last nights in Vietnam I climbed on the roof of the seventh floor of the guest house where I was staying to photograph the evening traffic in this big roundabout on the east side of the busiest area of the city.
Behind me extends the Old Quarter of Hanoi the oldest area of the city, small streets and tiny alleys, always full of activity,
tourists, vendors, taxi drivers, a very charming city. The roundabout distributes traffic towards the bridge that cross the Red River.
 
 

Hanoi  -  Vietnam                                                                                                 Agust  2015

- Lost in the Market -
 

A woman sitting on the sidewalk with the wares on display, in the confusion and chaos of trading between sellers and other tourists, this woman lost in thought, she seems to fly away from the market, walk away with the mind, perhaps thinking of a person which it is far away, or maybe to the difficulties that come with winter.

 

 

Sa Pa - Lao Cai Province - Vietnam

                          August   2015

- Vietnamese Girl -
 
I rented a motorbike, and I'm venturing into the beautiful valley south of Sa Pa. The landscape is beautiful, small villages nestled in vast rice terraces. Every view is unique and worth a stop. Along the way they encounter many people living in the villages, as this little girl who, if I understood correctly, she is 7 years old and lives in the village of Cat Cat with his family.
 
 

Lao Cai Province - Vietnam

                          August   2015

- At the Market -
 

A noisy puppy running and playing through the stalls of one of the smaller markets in the center of Sa Pa. This photo shows him on a break.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sa Pa - Lao Cai Province - Vietnam

                          August   2015