[by James Richards in Vietnam] In June 2016 I realized the long-held wish to experience the cities, villages, countryside and coastal areas of Vietnam. Our 2-week tour with a road-worthy troupe of American landscape architects focused on environment and culture and covered the length of the country. My impressions of the journey resulted in an extensive handmade travel journal that sought to convey both the sights and the tone of the trip. The following are some of the highlights from that journal:
Major stops during our travels are highlighted in red on map.
The local markets, this one in the heart of Saigon, provided endless opportunities to capture a sense of the culture.
|Our group cruised down a stretch of the Mekong River and tributaries on an open-air boat, which provided opportunities to capture fleeting impressions of life along the river.|
|Fishing and farming of fish, shrimp and crabs was extensive, but all done at the local level using traditional methods.|
Our road trip from Hoi An to Hue allowed us to see the stunning coastline views of Hai Van Pass, which National Geographic lists as "One of the 50 Places to See in a Lifetime."
A glimpse of a long procession of Buddhist monks, chanting at the Thien Mu Pagoda atop one of the Marble Mountains near Da Nang.
The Old Quarter of Hanoi offered block after block of authentic street markets, offering everything from silk and jewelry to live crabs and locally grown fruits and vegetables.