Highlights of Vietnam: Chirruping Cicadas, chirping birds, silent backwaters and Hanoi Hubbub

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InsideVietnam recently ran their first ‘Highlights of Vietnam’ small group tour which saw 7 people travel from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh with the very capable Tyler Palma. Andy Levy and his family recently returned to the chill of the British spring having apparently loved his time on tour in Vietnam. Andy was kind enough to supply us with a few words and pictures for the blog…

I’m not usually stuck for words, but there were too many amazing experiences to select just one or two highlights. The hubbub of our first evening in Hanoi, the throng of people eating and selling on the streets….

Eating on the street
Eating on the street

…under a cat’s cradle of municipal wiring and caged birds.

 

Bird songs in the city
Bird songs in the city

The shoal of hooting motor scooters some with toddlers in high chairs on the front.

The wonderful markets with exotic fruit and veg….

Fruit and veg markets
Fruit and veg markets

The women (always), carrying unfeasibly large loads by matching the metre of their step to the spring of their bamboo yokes…

The hardworking ladies
The hardworking ladies

The astonishing bonsai, everywhere. Halong bay at grey dawn when the boat slipped anchor and silently moved through the astonishing scenery…

Setting sail
Setting sail

Cycling through the rambutan orchard, and the sampan journey through backwaters almost silent between chirruping swarms of cicadas.

2 men & a water buffalo
2 men & a water buffalo

All of it just fantastic really… I could go on and on.

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Just a few words from Andy, but I think he has managed to capture his feelings for the country after a 10 night trip. Thank you Andy!

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