Saturday, February 4, 2012

People of Saigon, Hue, and Hoi An, Vietnam....

Although I sometimes feel rude poking my camera into the faces of is the only way to gather images of the beautiful people of all ages in these amazing countries. Some people refuse to be photographed, hide their faces, turn their backs. Some stretch out a hand hoping for payment, not because they're greedy, more likely because they're hungry.

The street cleaner outside our Saigon hotel
Making a living on the Saigon river

Our boat driver on the tiny creek in Saigon

Saigon family out for a spin

It's all about young girls and beauty in the Saigon market...........

 ....and colorful clothing

Beautiful, smiling ladies in the Hue market....they actually enjoyed having their photo taken.........can't you tell!

Traditional, elegant ladies in Hoi An

A lot of cooking takes place on the sidewalks and in the market place in most Vietnamese cities and towns, people don't eat at home for lack of a kitchen......

......and the choice of food - vegetables, fruits, fish, meat - and the spices and sauces to make them zing, is awesome!

Young girl leaving the Buddhist temple in Hoi An

Gentleman relaxing at Thu Bon River in Hoi An - love his red ribbon

Woman in the typical crouching position paddling her small boat on Thu Bon River, Hoi An

The 83 year old woman I showed in an earlier post, making a living on the Thu Bon River, Hoi An 

Happy Hoi An lady cooking

Young Hoi An boy carving rubber stamps in a minuscule shop 

No age limit on motorcycling, even in the rain......I want the polka dot poncho!

Men at the market in Hoi An 

Dining alfresco - waiting for the dinner crowd to show!

Smiling Hao........our great guide in both Hue and Hoi An - modeling traditional Vietnamese hats....he was such a good sport!
Thank you Hao for your thoughtfulness and patience, holding umbrellas over us, carrying our bags, all while showing us first the beauty of the city of Hue, and then your glorious home town, Hoi An.  Paula and I loved it all, even in the rain!


  1. I have immersed myself in the your last few posts this morning. The photos are truly spectacular ... Viet Nam is beyond beautiful, you captured its essence perfectly. I felt as though I was walking the streets, floating the waters with you. What a gift you have given to us.


  2. I couldn't have put it any better than Helen.
    Rose H

  3. You got some marvelous people shots. What a different life they have in Viet Nam from what we are used to...and I love all the color, of course.

    I haven't gotten up the nerve to take photos of people...but perhaps I would if I were in such a different place as this. I would want to remember all those amazing faces and beautiful clothing, etc.

  4. What beautiful people. No matter how they are dressed, for shopping or work, there is an elegance about them.

  5. Wow, such vivid colors! And years of wisdom etched on their faces.

  6. Yes, beautiful faces and colors. Thanks for the visit vicariously to Viet Nam.

  7. I really enjoyed your wonderful posts on Vietnam. What beautiful and friendly people and colourful architecture. Thanks for sharing these. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the ones in the photos could see these too. Have a great weekend Mary. Hugs, Pamela

  8. A wonderful study in faces. Thanks for sharing more photos of this amazing trip. ~ sarah

  9. Miss Mary, I hope when I am your age I will have seen HALF the things you have enjoyed and experienced! Thank you for letting us share in a small portion of your trips!!

  10. Mary, Thank you so much for sharing your trips with us. I will likely never travel to these places myself, but your photos and descriptions have brought them to life in a way that is much more intimate than pieces seen on TV news programs. You are a talented journalist of humanity.

  11. Such wonderful colours.
    And those market ladies are beautiful!

  12. Thank you Lisa - I'm not sure who you are but I really appreciate you taking time to leave such a very nice comment. Thank you so much. I love to share these places and people with all my blog friends.

    Hugs - Mary

  13. I share with you a feeling of awkwardness in just poking my camera in peoples' faces. But sometimes you get better pictures with the casual snapshot, the moment of life caught in a second. These are lovely pictures and give a real feeling of place.

  14. I love taking photos of people when I travel too. You have really captured so much about the Vietnamese.

    I don't think I could crouch down like that!

    Sft x

  15. Hi Mary, gorgeous photos once again. I don't normally take pictures of people either unless it is from a distance or they are craftsmen and women demonstrating handicrafts or such. Kinda feels like I am intruding if I try to do more than that sometimes. As much as we are intrigued by the culture, they are just living their lives and doing what they do day-in and day-out.

    As for the fig jam, I didn't make it. It's an all natural product I bought at the grocery store made by Stonewall Kitchen. Sure is good.

    Hope you are having a wonderful day. Tammy

  16. Mary you make me want to travel the world even more!i have a unsettled heart... a travel program where you would be a host would be perfect. i can not wait to read about your next adventure.

    i did most like the photo of a old gentleman sitting upon a bench and the older lady with a boat.

  17. I always thought I would feel uncomfortable trying to photograph strangers, especially those from another culture. Of the facial shots, you see an almost equal number of grumpy frowns and smiling faces in your photos! I'm glad you just jumped in and DID it, in spite of their frown or smile!

  18. I love all of these photos! So amazing! The young boy carving, the family on the motorcycle (how scary with the little one standing!), the colors, oh my goodness what fun you two must have had even in the rain.


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