The best of Vietnam, via Instagram

The best of Vietnam, via Instagram

It’s no secret that I fell in love with Vietnam: the food, the friendly people, the ever-changing landscape (and ever-reducing sunshine) as I crept from south to north on the back of a motorcycle, on a bus, on an overnight train.

Palm tree reflections in Hoi An, Vietnam

It’s a country full of lasting images, many that can’t be captured on camera: a whiff of cau lao wandering the market in Hoi An, the trepidation of  crossing the street in Saigon, the constant buzz of motorbikes in Hanoi, the crunch of a perfect banh mi. But if my Instagram feed is any indication: you absolutely do realize how beautiful and diverse Vietnam is via photos. Here, a few of my favorites:

Lone palm tree on Coconut Beach on island of Phu Quoc, Vietnam

A lone palm tree on Coconut Beach in Phu Quoc.

Bicycle in front of rice paddies and church in Phong Nha, Vietnam

Stumbled across this idyllic scene while cycling through the rural rice paddies in Phong Nha National Park, minutes from Phong Nha Farmstay.

Incredibly Clear water at eco park in Phong Nha national park, Vietnam

The most impossibly clear and beautiful water streaming through Phong Nha National Park.

Dragon statue at the Imperial City of Hue in Vietnam

A dragon at the Imperial City of Hue.

Avocado shake in Saigon, Vietnam

Avocado shakes, or sinh to bo (buhhhhhh like butter, as my kind Vietnamese host told me): I was a bit hesitant, but the the silky sweet taste instantly won me over.

French colonial post office in Saigon, Vietnam

The French colonial influence was particularly strong in the architecture in Saigon: I loved the ornate, pink post office that would have looked right at home in Paris.

Blue skies and colorful buildings on island of Phu Quoc, Vietnam

The bright colors and bustling street life in Duong Dong were a far cry from the sleepy beaches on the rest of Phu Quoc.

Thick and delicious Vietnamese coffee in Saigon, Vietnam

I loved my lattes in Melbourne, but boy, the thick and sweet Vietnamese coffees were close competition.

Ethereal fog over the Halong Bay waters in the morning, Vietnam

The ethereal morning mist in Halong Bay.

Opera House with motorbikes rushing by in Hanoi, Vietnam

The French colonial architecture made its way up north as well: the chaotic motorcycles in front of the Hanoi Opera House were the only thing separating it from Paris.

Dalat market at dusk in Vietnam

The Dalat market came alive at night, with motorcycles, vendors and seemingly every person in Dalat crowding the square.

What’s your favorite image of Vietnam? 

  • I love the first shot, such a perfect reflection!

  • oooo I love them all! I feel like quite a few people have been posting about Vietnam recently. It’s like a plot against my bank account by taking advantage of my love for delicious food and amazing scenery.

  • That picture of the national park is gorgeous! I love the colors in the water.

  • Love these photos, they really capture the essence of Vietnam that I remember.

  • AliciaC

    That second to last one. I would’ve stood there forever waiting for there to be no one in front of it, but then yours with all the people is so great! That’s what “makes” the photo! Me likey!

  • OMG these photos are just gorgeous! I’m so excited to shoot Buenos Aires next week with Instagram. 

  • I love the bicycle in the field, and everything you used the tilt shift lens on! Gorgeous…I need to use Instagram more often! 

  • I also love the bicycle shot! Would love to be riding my bike down that dirt road. 😀

  • camorose

    Thanks! Spotted that while walking in Hoi An and was just overcome by how perfect it was!

  • camorose

    Haha at least Vietnam is SUPER cheap once you get there so not such an assault on your bank account 🙂

  • camorose

    Thanks lady, aren’t we all just dying to get back 🙂

  • camorose

    Haha I thought the motorbikes were really what showed it was Vietnam and not plopped down in Paris 🙂

  • camorose

    Ooooh can’t wait! Think I might have to do a Croatia through Instagram–so many good shots 🙂

  • camorose

    I do love my tilt-shift app–so much cheaper than a REAL tilt-shift lens 🙂

  • camorose

    I had a nice new bike to ride on that road–definitely preferred mine to the rusty one although the rusty one looked MUCH better in the shot 🙂

  • My thoughts exactly. I’m guilty of using it on most of my Instagram photos…ever since I discovered it I haven’t been able to stop! Plus, it just makes everything look better 🙂

  • Amazing shots, I’m always blown away by what instagram can do. The palm tree reflection shot is definitely my favorite.

  • camorose

    Thanks! I am super impressed by the iPhone 4S photo quality–loving it!

  • That bicycle one is AMAZEBALLS! God I love Instagram.

  • I’m all about Instagram photos while travelling! It’s such a fun way to capture what we can of new places. These are absolutely stunning – I love the shot of the bicycle…

  • Aren’t our cell phones amazing? Like, really though….

  • Riz

    Stunning photos! Love photo#1. So relax. Bicycle photo is awesome! 

  • camorose

    Thanks girl! I just discovered there are more than four filters in Instagram…so doubly obsessed now!

  • camorose

    I think the bicycle photo is the clear winner of these photos 🙂 Instagram is definitely a really fun way to share photos in real-time with friends.

  • camorose

    Haha this totally made me laugh and think of my first camera phone…super grainy Nokia pics, and I thought it was pretty much the coolest thing ever.

  • camorose

    Thanks! I do love that bicycle shot 🙂

  • Fab photos of an amazing country

  • camorose

    Thank you!

  • Bronte

    What’s your Instagram name??? Desperate to find you 🙂 I’m @wembleyyogagirl

  • camorose

    I’m @cestchristine on Instagram!

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