Vietnam, a coastal country in Southeast Asia, has a diverse landscape and vibrant cities. Fresh seafood and tropical fruit is plentiful. Hop on a motorbike and go on an adventure.
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam with a population of 3.5 million people. There’s a vibrant tourist community and modern metropolitan features. Crossing the street can be challenging at times.
The Fito Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine & Pharmacy has a unique collection of antique ceramics, porcelain pottery and a lot of fascinating information about ancient medicinal techniques. Teas are available in the gift shop.
There’s a lot of parks around the city, this one is part of a larger area of parks and tourists destinations. Most parks in Vietnam have exercise equipment to encourage active and healthy lifestyles.
Afternoon in the Park
Handicrafts are a common site around Ho Chi Minh City. Most people would prefer to close shop and take an early afternoon nap during the hottest part of the day. Here is a nice place to relax.
Tugboats move large barges full of sand that’s been dredged from the river bottom.
Ba Ria – Vung Tau
Vung Tau is a coastal port city in Southern Vietnam’s Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu province. A popular tourist destination, there are two main beaches, several smaller beaches and three mountain peaks. Each mountain summit has a point of interest: A lighthouse, large statue of Jesus and amusement park.
Mountains and City
The old part of the city lies between the large mountain in the distance and a smaller mountain in the foreground.
Vung Tau began as three small fishing villages until the French arrived and renamed it to Cap Saint-Jacques. During the 1960’s, Vung Tau was the hub of the Australian military and a popular R&R spot for western troops.
Today, Vung Tau is a major port city and home of Vietnam’s oil industry.
Even though the writing on the wall says “No Fishing” people were still fishing.
Fishing boats are common around Front Beach. A good place to find the freshest catch of the day.
Vung Tau Seaside
Local tourists, mostly from Ho Chi Minh City, flood Vung Tau on weekends.
Front Beach at Night
Many people from Ho Chi Minh City visit this area of Vung Tau each weekend. In the mornings it’s common to find fresh fish being sold by local fishermen along the Front Beach promenade.
Vung Tau Dragon
There were two dragons, one on each side of the street. They must have been deteriorating because the city removed the dragon parts. Only the trees that made up the dragon’s body remain.
Top of the Crazy House in Da Lat
The Crazy House, or Hằng Nga Guesthouse, is a uniquely designed hotel with architecture based on fairy tale themes. Visitors not staying at the hotel can purchase tickets for a walking tour through the hotel, and on pathways across the roof.
Cau Dat Farm
The Cau Dat Farm (Đồi chè Cầu Đất Farm) is a large tea plantation near Da Lat. This plantation has been in operation for nearly 100 years, and in addition to signature teas, they also have coffee and other local produce.
Da Lat Greenhouses
The area surrounding Da Lat is good for growing produce that’s not sustainable at lower elevations with hotter and more humid weather. Greenhouses are embedded into the community.
Nature & Agriculture
Much of Vietnam remains rural with farmlands and plantations all over the country. Rice fields, seafood farms, coconut groves, rubber tree plantations and tropical fruit plantations are only a handful of agricultural experiences.
Traveling by motorbike is the best way to get out into nature and experience a side of Vietnam most visitors aren’t aware of.
Da Lat Farmlands
Travelers to Da Lat can enjoy food and drinks not usually available in cities at lower elevations. Strawberries and hot artichoke tea are common in this area.
The general area of these photos