Travel – Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi and Halong Bay

Following a business trip to Vietnam earlier this year it left me wanting more.  Hubby and I took some time out and visited last month. I found it equally as hot, smelly, chaotic and vibrant as ever.  Though I had the best intentions prior to my holiday, my waistband certainly got a work out in Vietnam – pho, bun cha, bo bun hue, coffee, banh mi, YUM!

The most breathtaking part of my trip was Ha Long Bay with it’s majestic mountains and tranquility of the sheltered bays.  Though over-run with tourists and suffering from pollution, there is no denying the natural beauty of this place.

Here is my time there in photos.

Floating fishing village in Halong Bay
Sunset over Halong Bay
Enjoying a dip in Halong Bay
Taking in the night view over Ho Chi Minh from the 49th floor of the Bitexco Financial Tower

Vendors at the Benh Thanh markets in Ho Chi Minh
Dried fruit and nut stall – Ben Thanh Markets
Multi-purpose scooters – Ho Chi Minh
A fish monger gutting crabs
The art of crossing a road in Ho Chi Minh
Beams of light in a monestary ceiling
The Vietnamese can carry anything and everything on a scooter
Ants!  Hanoi town center

Kebabs! Enjoying a hawker style BBQ

Hoan Kiem lake by night

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