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Vietnam is a land of heightened senses.
Colours are more vivid, smells and tastes more intense and landscapes more dramatic. Women work markets while men tend rice fields. Life can be harsh, but Vietnamese are both resourceful and determined. Life is lived on the streets and at close quarters.
Vietnam’s cities are a blur of motion, where you can be served a steaming bowl of noodles at a street side stall in 30 seconds, but take 10 minutes to navigate a cyclone of motorbikes to cross a stree
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Photo 1. Portrait of an elderly Vietnamese woman at her market stall in Ho Chi Minh City. In Vietnam women usually work the markets and often make long trips each day from their villages to the cities to sell their goods.
Photo 2. A Vietnamese motor taxi driver leaning on his bike while waiting for a fare in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Vietnam is famous for its swarms of motorbikes and mopeds and are the easiest way to travel around congested cities. It is not uncommon to see whole families riding a single motorbike.
Photo 3. Elderly Vietnamese woman. Vietnamese woman standing in front of her traditional home in Hue. While life in Vietnam's cities can be fast paced, some people still manage to find a relaxed way of life. This woman makes an income by welcoming visitors into her 100 year old home and demonstrating how Vietnamese people once lived.
Photo 4. Dusk on Thu Bon River, which runs through Hoi An Ancient Town. Hoi An was an important trading port from the 15th to 19th centuries with the river welcoming traders from China, Japan and India amongst others. This history is reflected in the ancient architecture that can be seen along the river banks.
Photo 5. Red River Delta. River and mountain range outside of Hua Lu, Northern Vietnam. Vietnam's Northern landscape is known for its distinctive limestone peaks. Rice is grown in the damp fields and the delta is home to around one third of Vietnam's entire population.
Photo 6. Vietnamese school girls. Group of Vietnamese school girls pose for the camera during recess. In Vietnam, schools do not have capacity for all children to attend at once. So are split into shifts. Children will either attend school in the morning shift or afternoon.
Photo 7. Buffalo farmers. Two farmers sitting on buffalo outside of Hoi An. The landscape outside of Hoi An changes quickly to rural land that is perfect for farming crops. Most of the food farmed here is distributed to Hoi An's markets and then sold to restaurants.
Photo 8. Market stall. Woman preparing fish at street market in Saigon. Many people in Vietnam do not own a refrigerator and are not able to store food. So food is purchased daily from local markets.
Photo 9. Conical hats. Traditional Vietnamese conical hats hanging on a wall. Made from straw, these hats are still worn widely throughout Vietnam and can be dipped in water as an effective way to cool down on a hot day.
Photo 10. Blurred figure in conical hat. Woman in traditional clothing passing one of the yellow walls of Hoi An Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Photo 11. Woman serving food at a street food stall in Saigon. Vietnamese food is fresh and healthy. Most Vietnamese do not cook at home and will eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at one of these stalls.
Photo 12. Bowl of pho bo with condiments. This noodle soup, usually served with beef and fresh herbs is Vietnam's national dish is most commonly eaten at breakfast. The soup stock used varies greatly and is usually made from a recipe handed down through generations. Some versions can take 10-12 hours to prepare.
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