Reflections on Vietnam — A Photo Essay
Last month, I travelled to Vietnam on a spur of the moment trip. This is the story of a magical country in 18 photos.
The streets of Vietnam are packed with energy! Any time of day, you can find people munching on a variety of delicious snacks, occasionally glancing up from soup bowls to reveal warm and gentle faces. People are gambling, playing quaint board games and gossiping. Young couples occupy street corners on motorcycles. Walking around aimlessly is how you discover Vietnam. The hours slip by and you don’t even notice.
I went to Vietnam to eat. After watching hours of food videos from the comfort of my home, I decided to bite. And what a feast it was! Every dish I tried had a distinct flavour — hot noodle soups, fresh herbs, tender meat and aromatic spices in delightful combinations. Eventually, you try to pick your favourites. But you’re bound to cheat.
Vietnam has a rich history. Not all of it pleasant, but they don’t shy away from it. Museums pay homage to the destructive Vietnam War, educate travelers about the great revolutionary leader ‘Ho Chi Minh’, and preserve cultural traditions in a variety of artefacts.
It’s stunningly quiet, the air is fresh and the view is unparalleled. When you are in Ha Long Bay, the boundaries between body and nature dissolve. You are one with the world.
(All photos are © Amlan Mohanty. For names of restaurants, location details, contact information etc. please drop me a message.)