Northern Vietnam, 2011


These photos were taken during our trip through northern Vietnam in March, 2011.

We entered Vietnam from Laos, crossing the mountains between the two countries to arrive in Vietnam at Dien Bien Phu, famous for the defeat of the French forces there in 1954.

After a short stay there, we travelled by road to the north, stopping regularly at hill tribe villages as we crossed the country to arrive at Sapa, a beautiful district in the very north of the country.

From Sapa we took the Fanxipan Express train to Hanoi, where we stayed in a hotel in the "old quarter" of the city.

Outings from Hanoi to Halong Bay and Ba Be lake rounded out or trip, and we returned home from Hanoi.

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001. Dien Bien Phu
1. Dien Bien Phu
002. Cyclist taking goods to the market
2. Cyclist taking goods to the market
003. Fully loaded bicycles
3. Fully loaded bicycles
004. Bringing home the buffaloes
4. Bringing home the buffaloes
005. Weeding the rice field
5. Weeding the rice field
006. Taking goods to market
6. Taking goods to market
007. The market is full of colourful and friendly people
7. The market is full of colourful and friendly people
008. Rice sellers at the markets
8. Rice sellers at the markets
009. Vegetable seller at the market
9. Vegetable seller at the market
010. Traditional Thai minority wear at the markets
10. Traditional Thai minority wear at the markets
011. Fish sellers and vegetable sellers at the markets
11. Fish sellers and vegetable sellers at the markets
012.  Dien Bien Phu markets
12. Dien Bien Phu markets
013. Dien Bien Phu markets
13. Dien Bien Phu markets
014. Dien Bien Phu markets
14. Dien Bien Phu markets
015. King of the road at Dien Bien Phu markets
15. King of the road at Dien Bien Phu markets
016. A woman sewing in a Red Hmong village
16. A woman sewing in a Red Hmong village
017. Traditional Red Hmong dresses
17. Traditional Red Hmong dresses
018. Rice terraces near the Na River
18. Rice terraces near the Na River
019. Sin Ho lady returning from the fields
19. Sin Ho lady returning from the fields
020. The old lady continues on her way
20. The old lady continues on her way
021. Boys on buffalo at Sin Ho
21. Boys on buffalo at Sin Ho
022. Boys on buffalo at Sin Ho
22. Boys on buffalo at Sin Ho
023. Fetching water
23. Fetching water
024. The black teeth culture in a Red Dao village
24. The black teeth culture in a Red Dao village
025. Crossing the mountains to Sapa
25. Crossing the mountains to Sapa
026. Fansipan
26. Fansipan
027. View from our room in Sapa
27. View from our room in Sapa
028. Rice terraces at Sapa
28. Rice terraces at Sapa
029. Rice terraces at Sapa
29. Rice terraces at Sapa
030. Rice terraces near Sapa
30. Rice terraces near Sapa
031. Hoang, our guide, and Les with Our Sapa Friends
31. Hoang, our guide, and Les with "Our Sapa Friends"
032. One of Our Sapa Friends
32. One of "Our Sapa Friends"
033. Our youngest Sapa friend
33. Our youngest "Sapa friend"
034. Another of Our Sapa friends
34. Another of "Our Sapa friends"
035. The senior member of the group
35. The senior member of the group
036. Sapa houses
36. Sapa houses
037. Sapa Market
37. Sapa Market
038. Ladies at Sapa market
38. Ladies at Sapa market
039. Red Dao ladies at the Sapa markets
39. Red Dao ladies at the Sapa markets
040. Lao Cai station
40. Lao Cai station
041. Market outside Lao Cai station
41. Market outside Lao Cai station
042. Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum in Hanoi
42. Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum in Hanoi
043. Hanoi street
43. Hanoi street
044. Hanoi traffic
44. Hanoi traffic
045. Another Hanoi street
45. Another Hanoi street
046. Hanoi Flower Seller
46. Hanoi Flower Seller
047. Street market, Hanoi
47. Street market, Hanoi
048. Goods delivery in Hanoi street
48. Goods delivery in Hanoi street
049. Hanoi Dragonfruit Seller
49. Hanoi Dragonfruit Seller
050. Hanoi Fishmonger
50. Hanoi Fishmonger
051. Our junk on Halong Bay
51. Our "junk" on Halong Bay
052. Halong Bay floating village
52. Halong Bay floating village
053. Halong Bay
53. Halong Bay
054. Our Junk on Halong Bay
54. Our Junk on Halong Bay
055. Early morning on Halong Bay
55. Early morning on Halong Bay
056. Rice planting at Ba Be
56. Rice planting at Ba Be
057. Rice planting at Ba Be
57. Rice planting at Ba Be
058. A final view of a street in the old quarter of Hanoi
58. A final view of a street in the old quarter of Hanoi
   
 
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