Vietnam Snapshots

Vietnam offers its visitors a great diversity of picturesque landscapes, as well as a dazzling traditional culture and lifestyle.
The images portrait that aspects of the country.

Welcome to “The land of rich culture” and spectacular sceneries…


Seven story tower of Vinh Nghiem Pagoda.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Vinh Nghiem Pagoda is a Japanese-style pagoda completed in 1967, it is one of the largest in Vietnam. The structure is a classical seven-story pagoda with a spacious sanctuary.(only open on holidays). Inside is a large Japanese-style Buddha in an attitude of meditation, flanked by two Goddesses. The location is in On Nguyen Van Troi St., directly north of the city center in District 3.

The noon ceremony, attended by priests inside the great Cao Dai temple.
Tay Ninh, Vietnam

Tay Ninh is where the headquarters of Vietnam’s indigenous religions – Caodaism is located. The Cao Dai Great Temple at the sect’s Holy See is as extraordinary as the sect’s philosophy. Tay Ninh is the capital of Tay Ninh Province and it is 100km northwest of Ho Chin Minh City, close to the Cambodian border. To reach Tay Ninh from Saigon catch a bus from either Tay Ninh or Mien Tay bus stations in Saigon. The trip will take two to three hours.

At the heart of the city, intersection of Le Loi and Nguyen Hue boulevards at night
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City is the heart and soul of Vietnam. It’s a bustling, dynamic and industrious centre, the largest city in the country, the economic capital and the cultural trendsetter.

 

River activity at sunrise. Can Tho, Vietnam

Can Tho is the capital city of the Mekong Delta of Vietnam with an area of 2,965 square km. Can Tho sprawls its way 65km along the southern bank of the Hau River – the biggest tributary of the Mekong River in Vietnam.

Pagoda gate in one of many lakes. Da Lat, Vietnam

Floating bridge Ha Tien, Vietnam

This used to be a small fishing village. They didn’t have money to build a permanent bridge, so they built this floating bridge instead.

Offering incense at a Chinese temple in Cho Lon- the China Town of HCMC
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City

Notre Dame Cathedral (Duc Ba) stands tall in the center of Saigon. Notre Dame Saigon was built during the late 1870 – 1880 by the French (hence the name). You can visit Notre Dame Cathedral anytime, and even attend mass if you desire. Masses are held in Vietnamese and English. Just remember, places tend to shut down during lunchtime, so you won’t be able to get into the cathedral around midday. Notre Dame Cathedral is located along Cong Truong Cong Xa Paris, District 1, HCMC.

The Great Cao Dai Temple Tay Ninh, Vietnam

St. Joseph Cathedral, Hanoi

Traffic: There are 2 million motorcycles and the number of cars is growing everyday.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Coconut street vendor. The sweet juice is drank directly from a straw.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Small boats and offshore rock formations.
Hong Chong Peninsula, Vietnam

Imperial Citadel Ngo Mon (Noon Gate) illuminated at night.
Hue, Vietnam

One of 10 entrances to the city of Hue, this southern entrance which is the most dynamic and beautiful one is called The Noon Gate (Cua Ngo Mon), Hue. In fact, it was the royal entry, and was erected and designed by Emperor Gia Long in the year 1823. The entrance was availed for significant proclamations, such as announcements of the names of successful doctoral candidates and most remarkably, the announcement of the resignation of the last emperor, Bao Dai, on August 13, 1945, to Ho Chi Minh.

 

Beautiful beach in Da Nang, Vietnam

A Vietnamese woman selling cauliflower on top of her motorbike at Da Lat, Vietnam

Hang Nga House and Gallery
Da Lat, Vietnam

Nicknamed “crazy house” by locals, the Hang Nga House is southwest of Xuan Huong Lake. The owner, Ms. Dang Viet Nga, is an architect and designed the place with cave sitting rooms, giant spider webs made of wire, a concrete giraffe tea room, and towering fish heads containing guest rooms should you decide to stay overnight. Along the helter-skelter hallways and stairways are various cozy nooks and crannies set up as small sitting rooms with desks, chairs, and coffee tables. There is a small admission fee of 5000d after which you can browse around the passageways, guest rooms, or linger in one of the sitting rooms and take in the atmosphere. Ms. Nga, a well-known Dalat personage given to incense and hippie clothing, may even be present and show you the highlights of her unusual buildings and galleries.

 

Detail of a buddhist sculpture with many heads.
Ha Tien, Vietnam

Ritual chimney and incense coils in Cholon.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Elderly man in Ao Dai costume, a vanishing tradition.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Women in Ao Dai traditional costume

Ao Dai is the most popular and widely-recognized national costume of Vietnam, the Ao Dai is a symbol to show the national pride. It leaves a lasting impression to anyone who comes and visit the place.

 

Po Klong Garai Cham Towers Phan Rang
Ninh Thuan, Vietnam

Phan Rang and Thap Cham’s most famous landmark is Po Klong Garai, also known as Po Klong Girai – girai means ‘dragon’. The four brick towers were constructed at the end of the 13th century, during the reign of the Cham monarch Jaya Simhavarman III.

Po Klong Garai is several hundred metres north of Hwy 20, at a point 6km west of Phan Rang towards Dalat. The towers are on the opposite side of the tracks to Thap Cham train station. If you’re travelling between Dalat and Nha Trang or Mui Ne beach you will pass the site. Most of the open-hour buses shuttling people between Dalat and the coast make a requisite pit stop here.

 

Soaking in the warm China sea at sunset.
Vung Tau, Vietnam

City townhall and Ho Chi Minh sculpture.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Troglodyte sanctuary in the Marble Mountains
Danang. Vietnam

Marble Mountains Danang, Vietnam is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Danang Vietnam. It consists of five peaks. Located to the south of Da Nang city, these hills are made of marble and limestone. Nui Ngu Hanh Son is the Vietnamese name for Marble Mountains Danang. It means Mountains of Five Elements. The five peaks are called Thuy Son (water), Moc Son (metal), Tho Son (soil) and Hoa Son (fire).

 

Man in a Circular basket boat at Da Nang

Eyes painted on prow protect from bad spirits.
Vung Tau, Vietnam

Night market, with the little Eiffel Tower in the background.
Da Lat, Vietnam

Men worshipping in front of a large Buddha state, Xa Loi pagoda.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Dried mushroom for sale in the Bin Tay wholesale market in Cholon.
Ho Chi Minh City , Vietnam

Wheels are seldom for single drivers: families on cyclo and motorbike.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Altar and Buddha statue in a troglodyte sanctuary of the Marble Mountains.v
Da Nang. Vietnam

Kayaking in Halong Bay

Two generations of tribeswomen outside their house, near Mai Chau. Vietnam

Enjoying the freshness of Cam Ly falls.
Da Lat, Vietnam

Dalat, capital of Lam Dong Province, exhales its own poetic and romantic charm. Situated at 1,500m above sea level, Dalat has a cool climate. The annual average temperature is 18ºC. It is also famous for its lakes, waterfalls, pine-tree forests, vegetable gardens and flowers such as rhododendron, cherry, mimosa, hydrangea, rose, daisy, and dahlia. Dalat offers a harmonious combination of natural scenery and historical sites.

 

Vegetables and spices. Ho Chi Minh City , Vietnam

Inside Reunification Palace
Ho Chin Minh City

Known as Independence Palace before the fall of Saigon to communists, the Reunification Palace was home and command center of General Nguyen Van Thieu – head of a military junta who came to power after the first President of South Vietnam was assassinated in 1963.

Evening on the Saigon arroyo. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Senior high school girls ride bicycles with impeccable style, wearing elegant Ao Dai uniforms.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Three saints of the Cao Dai religion are Chinese revolutionary leader Sen, French poet Hugo, and Vietnamese poet Nguyen Binh Khiem.
Tay Ninh, Vietnam

Khai Dinh mausoleum. Hue, Vietnam

Khai Dinh’s Mausoleum is considered the most famous for its unique architecture. Located on a mountainside in Thuy Bang Commune, some 10 kilometers from Hue, it was built between 1920 and 1931.

 

Saigon’s beach resort.
Vung Tau, Vietnam

Live ducks for sale.
Ho Chi Minh City , Vietnam

Old Japanese covered bridge at Hoi An, Vietnam

The Japanese Covered Bridge built 1593 separates the Japanese area from the rest of the town. There’s a Buddhist pagoda attached to the side of the bridge. It’s a nice experience touring the bridge and watch the locals busy walking or riding through.

Hoi An is a riverside town 138 km south of Hue and 30km southeast of Da Nang. It was once a major international port trading in silk, ceramics, and spices.

 

In the Ho Chi Minh City Museum they have glorified the North Vietnamese tanks driving into what is now called “Reunification Palace.”

Saigon Central Post Office Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The Central Post Office is another magnificent leftover from the French occupation – a French Colonial-style building designed in part by the famous Gustave Eiffel.

 

Củ Chi Tunnel
Củ Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City

Củ Chi is 65 km (1.5 hour drive) northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. The tunnel network of Cu Chi became legendary in the war for facilitating the local guerrillas to gain victory over the American troops. At its height, these three-leveled tunnels stretched over 250 km. Touring Cu Chi, the travelers would learn more about the war and the resilience of the Vietnamese.

 

The War Remnants Museum
28 Vo Van Tan, in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City

The War Remnants Museum – formerly the “Museum of American War Crimes” until Vietnam normalized relations with the US in 1993 – hosts exhibitions explaining the American involvement in Vietnam from the Vietnamese point of view. The exhibits inside are not for the faint of heart.

 

Reunification Palace
Ho Chi Minh City