Việt Nam


I think may have grown a huge liking for Hà Nội and it's neighboring provinces even though I've only been there for hardly a week.  The Vietnamese countryside was undoubtedly one of my favorites as somehow, it gave me that impression that I am nowhere near stereotype Southeast Asia. 


While on a bus back from a canoe ride after our whole day trip in Chùa Hương, I was struggling to fight my sleepiness, when I saw this scene outside my window: a couple of school girls with their satchels tightly fixed on their skinny backs, race with their vintage bikes. Their hair flying onto different directions and the light seeping from the trees hit on it every chance it gets. It was very picturesque as the backdrop for this setting were the mountain ranges of the neighboring mountains in Chùa Hương lining up alternately. The farthest ones seem to only be like faded traces of irregularly shaped triangles drenched in the afternoon sunlight. The view was lulling me to sleep but I tried to brush the idea of slumbering given this moment may be gone in a heartbeat. I may have to pass up on other views but certainly not this one. 
My friend uttered "this feels like a dream" from the seat beside me.  I had been staring through my window for a time and words were failing me so I just simply nodded in reply.  It didnt take long before I doze off. 



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1st picture: Trees on the roadside on our way to Vịnh Hạ Long
2: Street in Hà Nội where there is a long strip of wall with all sorts of art painted on concrete walls. And that bridge is insanely cool.
3. Locals on a canoe passing by us.
4. Bridge with a tall tower that reminded me of Japan for some reason
5. Cemetery on the countryside
6. While on a cable car, I saw a house built on the side of the mountain.
7. View of Vịnh Hạ Long aboard our cruise that used to be a chinese junk ship
8. View of Vịnh Hạ Long on top of a mountain that we had to painfully climb. Extremely steep way up that got my feet eternally shaking after I reached the top. Our newfound friend from Germany asked if we are smokers because we somehow seem like one while climbing-- panting and catching for breath on every step.
9. Jewish friend we made (im bad at remembering names). She and her boyfriend were backpacking through Indochina. A lot of the people we were with on the ship were backpackers and we were the only ones who happen to stay in Vietnam for such a short time.
10. At the Oyster farm. One place we stopped for a visit while we were on a cruise.
11. Another view of Vịnh Hạ Long
12. Pretty girl I spotted coming down the junk boat and our tour guide behind her
13. Locals' houses. According to our tour guide, there were only about 1,000+ inhabitants there. Lovely.

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These pictures were all taken while we were in transit either on a bus, on a taxi ,on a canoe,on a cable car, or aboard a junk ship. What I recorded in pictures were probably only about 50% of the beautiful sights we witnessed. I, for one were too caught up-- too stunned often-- to click the shutter. I just committed the rest to memory.

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3 comments:

Chai said...

So much envy!! Vietnam is actually in my list of places to go before I die. Ah. So lovely <3

Aleyn Comprendio said...

Chai: Always be on the lookout for seat sales! :)

4wd Hire Darwin said...

Vietnam is a country filled with captivating natural beauty and tranquil village life. Its highlands and rainforest regions, continue to yield new species and team with exotic wildlife.

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