Saturday, January 21, 2017

Asian Adventure - Part 2

Today we are visiting Vietnam. We had 3 days here. We spent a day in Hue, a day in Laem Chabang and on in Ho Chi Min City (Saigon). I have to say, Vietnam is not the favourite place I ever visited. I found it very dirty, there was garbage everywhere (I didn't capture it on film). I found the people trying to sell things very pushy too. While I think it is very important for us "First Worlders" to truly see how others live, now that I have seen it, I don't feel the need to see it again.

Today we will talk about the Hue region. 

The following pictures are from the Citadel and Forbidden Purple City. Hue was the capital from 1802-1945.  They are working to restore a lot of it. 

I love this picture because of the 2 ladies in the background

We also visited an Asian market. If you have never visited one and have the chance, it is an experience. (But once you have been to one, you have been to them all!)

I can't imagine buying street meat! 

 We also visited the country side in Laem Chabang.  The cattle and water buffalo sometimes roamed free, sometimes were on strings.

Each square is a different persons farm. This will be rice

Different bike safety standards

Our bus once had to stop for goats crossing the road.

We saw many water buffalo, which was a dream of mine!

One of the favourite things we did was stop by a rubber plantation when they were cutting the trees. If you look to the back on the right you will see a woman with a head light making a cut. If you look closely at this tree you can see where she cut.

This is what rubber looks like when it first comes out of the tree. The farmers will collect the sap in the morning. It is amazing that white sticky stuff can become tires! 


  1. that was great to see this land through your cam...I love the water buffalo's too... they have something good in their eyes.... thanks for inviting me to a land not much people have on their travel list... althoUugh it is super interesting, I bet...

  2. Wow!! Thanks so much for sharing Vietnam, I love the red doors and the cool architecture. It must have been interesting to experience such a different culture!!

  3. Wow! What a grand adventure in Vietnam. My mom and dad enjoyed their time spent in SE Asia but they agree that it can be a bit dirty and people selling stuff can be downright pushy...but, we guess it is the only way they can make a living.

  4. That's so cool! Thailand and Japan are where I would want to visit in Asia!

  5. That's so cool! Thailand and Japan are where I would want to visit in Asia!

  6. Thanks for taking us along on your trip. Such an interesting place that we will likely never visit ourselves.

  7. Very interesting set of pictures of Vietnam, even if it wasn't your favourite place. Thanks for sharing!
    Cheers, Gail.

  8. How interesting to see other parts of the world! Thank you for letting us tag along!

  9. Have many friends who have been to Vietnam and loved it. Haven't had the desire to visit. Love your photos. Thanks.

  10. Oh my goodness what an amazing trip. I agree the pic of your lovely face and the ladies is very nice!! I am with you on the street meat though.
    My step nephew was in Vietnam sometime after 12/29. He and his friends just returned last week.
    Hugs to you and they man

  11. Very interesting but we think mom would be bothered by the foodables in the market.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  12. Wow! That was very interesting. We're always interested in how people live in other parts of the world. I hesitate to ask what kind of meat they were selling. Thanks for sharing!

  13. SO glad that you shared this with us... Viet Nam is obviously still suffering from the effects of the War Era... This makes me even MORE appreciative of what WE have.
    I agree that the pic. with the two ladies in background is VERY nice.

  14. What a fun trip! All those goats are precious.

  15. Wow, what a change in culture. You must have enjoyed your visit immensely!!!

  16. Such remarkable sights and I feel as though I can practically hear all the interesting sounds and smell the market booths!


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