Here are some photos I shot during my visit to Sapa in June 2010.
As a solo traveler and introvert, I know how hard it is to find a destination where you can experience local life, get knowledge on its history and culture, appreciate its natural landscape beauty while staying unrushed and content. This is why I’m writing this list which is especially for the introverts like me. This […]
I’ve been associated with my Pako* friends in A Lưới for a few years but I wasn’t impressed with their food until I met Mrs. Đàm. Her real name is Biên but according to Pako tradition it’s more polite to call a married woman after her first child. Mrs. Đàm does not read or write […]
At the end of Bùi Thị Xuân Street, there is a piece of cropland patched with a few ponds nestled by Hương River. The ponds look like fragments of a broken mirror which are surrounded with bushes and grasses. Heard from a local man that the water in the ponds is from the close-by Hương River. […]
I still love going to the countryside during rice harvest seasons. It’s when the paddy fields are crowded with farmers and their family. Each person takes care of their own job and works in harmony with each other. I’m especially addicted to the fresh fragrance and the vibrant color of the cut rice stalks with […]
It was the most magnificent sunrise I ever witnessed. I was all alone but I didn’t feel a bit of loneliness as I was so engrossed in the nature and those living things I saw on Lập An Lagoon that morning.
Almost every weekend, I meet up with my mentor Phan at his home for some talks and then we go on field trips together. I feel like at home when sitting at their living room jammed with old potteries and other artifacts. While he enriches my history knowledge with his here-and-there stories and sometimes serious […]
My mentor Hồ Tấn Phan and I have known each other for about 5 years and we have become good friends since then. Actually, I consider him my mentor who teaches me about history and culture of our own hometown Huế. He does not give me any serious lessons but via informal talks and fun […]
Especially for Hằng, I always dreamt of crossing Đèo Hải Vân (Ocean & Cloud Pass), known as one of the most winding and hair-raising mountain passes in Việt Nam, on a motorbike. And this wish just came true last week when my good friend and coworker Hằng said with an exciting tone in her voice: […]
“How do you say ‘little sister’ in your dialect?” I asked Sương and Cu Bàng, my new little Pako friends from A Lưới. “A em,” they answered in chorus. “A em?” How come these two sounds feel so close to my heart? I was truck with emotion and memory. And at that time, the first […]