Vietnam - 2014

Tam Coc  Exit one of the rocky tunnels - Tam Coc - April 28, 2014 Tam Coc  Enjoying a beer  - Tam Coc - April 28, 2014 Tam Coc  Rowing the boat through the beautiful scenery - April 28, 2014 Hanoi  Having a shave the Vietnamese way before going out in Hanoi - April 27, 2014
Fanxipan-2  On board the Fanxipan Express night train on the way to Sapa - April 28, 2014 Lao Cai  I crossed this very same bridge 14 years ago when I was going from China (opposite side of the bridge is Yunnan Province of China) into Vietnam on foot. It felt very strange to be here at the very same place. Back then there was nothing conctructed - Lao Cai - April 29, 2014 Lao Cai  A beer and hot pot for lunch - thats why I'm smiling - Lao Cai - April 29, 2014 Lao Cai  Ethnic Minorities
Lao Cai  Mother and child - April 29, 2014 Sapa  I took her photo 14 years ago when I was here for the first time. I brought the enlarged version of her picture as my mission was to find these friendly folks back again. I succeeded - Sapa Town - April 29, 2014 Sapa  A Vietnamese model in Sapa Town - April 29, 2014 Sapa Town  Mother and child on a foggy day - April 29, 2014
Sapa Town  Asking directions - Sapa Town - April 29, 2014 Ta Phin  Red Dzao ethnic minority in Ta Phin Village - April 30, 2014 Ta Phin  Curious kids checking what I'm taping on video - April 30, 2014 Ta Phin  Red Zhao ethnic minority in Ta Phin village - April 30, 2014
Ta Phin Village  Ethnic Minority in Ta Phin Village - April 30, 2014 Ta Phin  Seeking shelter for the rain - April 30, 2014 Giang Ta Chai-9 Sapa Twon  Sapa Town on a foggy day - April 30, 2014
Sapa  Black Hmong - April 30, 2014 Tam Duong  Market day in Tam Duong - May 1, 2014 Tam Duong  Ethnic minority - May 1, 2014 Tam Duong  Black teeth and one golden - May 1, 2014
Tam Duong  As I was invited inside these friendly women's house, tea was served - May 1, 2014 Tam Duong  Farmer on rural area away from it all - May 1, 2014 Tam Duong  Displaying their picture - May 1 , 2014 Tam Duong  Lovely children - May 1, 2014
Tam Duong Sapa  Actually this ethnic girl belongs to a chinese minority but since Sapa is quite near China, this girl came to the annual Sapa festival - May 1, 2014 Tavan  Enjoying the beautiful Sapa Valley - May 2, 2014 Tavan  Sapa village - May 2, 2014
Hoa Lu-3  Hoa Lu gate - April 28, 2014 Tavan  A day out with the girls - Sapa Valley - May 2, 2014 Tavan  Showing pictures to the locals in order to relocate the photographed people 14 years prior to date - May 2, 2014 Tavan  Lunch with a view - May 2, 2014
Tavan  The beaitiful Valley of Sapa - may 2, 2014 Tavan  Most transportation is done by motocycle in this area - May 2, 2014 Tavan  Lovely kids of Tavan - May 2, 2014 Giang Ta Chai  14 years earlier a photgraphed the lady. She's running a homestay for tourists these days - May 2, 2014
Gian Ta Chai  Undoubtly my most emotional reunion with this local family - I stood on this small wooden bridge 14 years earlier and just behind me, I took the picture that the woman is holding. Promptly, I was invited inside her home (see background) to have a tea - May 2, 2014 Tavan  It was ver rare to stand here back again enjoying the very same view as I did long time ago. Homes have changed, the valley is provided with a power station but the beauty is still there. May 2, 2014 (see my other photogallery on Vietnam to compare pictures I took back then.) Hanoi  Amazing cathedral at the center of Hanoi - April 27, 2014 Hanoi  Making some extra Dong by offering locals a ride in a cyclo in the streets of Hanoi - April 27, 2014
Hanoi  Pineapple anyone ? April 27, 2014 Hanoi  Dinner - April 27, 2014 Tam Coc  Exploring Tam Coc again after 19 years. April 28, 2014 Tam Coc  So many things has been changed since I came to this area in Ninh Binh province - more facilites, concrete roads, restaurants and heaps of souvenir shops. One thing they can't remove is the beauty of this area - April 28, 2014
Tam Coc  Ydillic spot along the way to Tam Coc - April 28, 2014 Tam Coc  Local transport - April 28, 2014 Coc Ly market  The first place I went after arrival in Sapa region was to colourful Coc Ly market - April 29, 2014 Coc Ly  The market is the place to be if you want to meet locals - April 29, 2014
Coc Ly  Buffalos on sale - April 29, 2014 Coc Ly  Please check also my other album about Vietnam in this website - You can compare the pictures from 14 years ago when I was here too. The market has little bit changed of location but the colourful people is still there. April 29, 2014 Coc Ly  If you compare my other photogallery on Vietnam in this website, you'll see a picture with a rope hanging bridge. Unfortunately, that bridge had to make room for this ugly concrete bridge. A dam has been built a bit further on to provide the locals with electricity but as a result the river is dry. 14 years ago, I did a very scenic boatride on this river (more pictures in the other gallery) - April 29, 2014 Coc Ly  Coc Ly market saleswoman - April 29, 2014
Coc Ly  Goods on sale - Coc Ly market - April 29, 2014 Coc Ly  Creating handicrafts for sale - April 29, 2014 Coc Ly  Shopping Coc Ly  Checking the quality of the stuff - I noticed that even locally made icecream was on sale on the market. I regret that I did'nt tasted - April 29, 2014
Coc Ly  Coc Ly market is frequented by many ethnic minorities - April 29, 2014 Ta Phin  The weather in Ta Phin village is very changeable. We arrived by morning with bright sunshine - 10 minutes later the clouds came in and we had to return back because it was worthless to see anything. However later that day, Hao and myself returned and had picture-perfect weather again untill it was time to drive back to Sapa Town, then the rain was pouring down again. April 30, 2014 Sapa  Red Dzao lady - Sapa Town - April 30, 2014 Sapa  Black Hmong girls in Sapa Town - April 30, 2014
Coc Ly  Just finished shower - April 28, 2014 Sapa Ta Phin  Farmers on the rice paddies of Ta Phin Village - April 30, 2014 Ta Phin
Tam Duong  Locals at Tam Duong - May 1, 2014 Tam Duong  Beautiful moountain scenery along the way to Tam Duong as we drove along "snake road" for about 2 hours - May 1, 2014 Tam Duong  Pure nature - I love this kind of settings - May 1, 2014 Tam Duong  Farmers returning from the fields - May 1, 2014
Silver Waterfall  Silver Waterfall - May 1, 2014 Sapa  beautifully decorated Red Zhao ethnic lady - May 1, 2014 Sapa  Chatting Sapa
Sapa  Smiling - May 1, 2014 Sapa-48 Sapa Sapa  Not sure if she was waiting for my kiss - May 1, 2014
Tavan  The spectacular Sapa Valley - May 2, 2014 Tavan Sapa  Thank you Mr. David from Sapa Paradise View Hotel for the complimetary Hot Pot dinner. It was soooo yummy ! May 1, 2014 Sapa  Mother and child - Sapa may 1, 2014