Dreamy Days and Nightvisions: Street Photography Journal in Vietnam

Ricky and I arrived back in Phnom Penh for our last day before returning to Vietnam.

Bus tickets from Phnomn Penh to Ho Chi Minh with luggage tag.
Bus tickets from Phnomn Penh to Ho Chi Minh with luggage tag.

With this arrival marked the ending of our trip. Yes, we’d be going back to Ho Chi Minh, but we were only there for one more day.

Tourist map at Cambodian bus station.
Tourist map at Vietnamese bus station.

To say our goodbyes to each respective country, we wandered the streets and the markets, picking up last minute souvenirs and gifts with the few remaining dollars we had.

View onlooking the street below Natural Inn where Ricky and I stayed in Phonm Penh. Photo by Ricky.
View onlooking the street below Natural Inn where Ricky and I stayed in Phonm Penh. Photo by Ricky.

I still didn’t take any pictures of Cambodia, and even in Vietnam it was a struggle to get through midday supporting my own weight let alone a backpack and DSLR camera around my neck (note: I was still very sick from my food poisoning encounter and only managed to eat some bananas over the next few days).

We bought them from a stall in the Central Market of Cambodia where they were all strung up like this. Photo from Pinterest.

So instead here is a photo journal compilation of all the remaining street photography from our trip that I took, in no particular order of days or outings. All but the first one were taken in Vietnam.

Hope you enjoy!

Tuktuk driver in Cambodia.
Tuktuk driver in Cambodia. You can see Ricky and I in the rear view mirror.

 

Vietnamese street food stall. He was serving up our order at at this moment.
Vietnamese street food stall. He was serving up our order at at this moment.
Women preparing ingredients for their street food stall.
Women preparing ingredients for their street food stall.
Bicycles were the second most popular form of transport after scooters. Here's a Vietnamese woman running her errands.
Bicycles were the second most popular form of transport after scooters. Here’s a Vietnamese woman running her errands.
Flowers decorating a lamp post for the Lunar New Year.
Flowers decorating a lamp post for the Lunar New Year.
Scooters under the national flag - about as Vietnamese as you can get.
Scooters under the national flag – about as Vietnamese as you can get.
Ricky is so tall his head often brushed the ceilings. Here he is in a bag shop.
Ricky is so tall his head often brushed the ceilings. Here he is in a bag shop.
Chilled coconuts tantalizingly illumined by fluorescent bulbs.
Chilled coconuts tantalizingly illumined by fluorescent bulbs.
We never tried this, but we saw a few street carts selling these 4-5 different coloured rices. They looked good so maybe next time we're back...
We never tried this, but we saw a few street carts selling these 4-5 different coloured rices. They looked good so maybe next time we’re back…
Market stall strung with its many wares.
Market stall strung with its many wares.
Scooters parked down every street.
Scooters parked down every street.
Festive lanterns strung up everywhere.
Festive lanterns strung up everywhere.
Chaotic traffic going past the Ben Thanh market. There must have been hundreds of scooters all inching along.
Chaotic traffic going past the Ben Thanh market. There must have been hundreds of scooters all inching along.
One brave street vendor selling her wares in the midst of all that traffic.
One brave street vendor selling her wares in the midst of all that traffic.
Plucked and prepared chickens ready to be cooked up at a moment's notice at a food stall.
Plucked and prepared chickens ready to be cooked up at a moment’s notice at a food stall.
Woman preparing food at her stall.
Woman preparing food at her stall.
Man in jazzy shirt on scooter. Shot whilst taking a tuktuk ride on the streets of Vietnam.
Man in jazzy shirt on scooter. Shot whilst taking a tuktuk ride on the streets of Vietnam.
Vietnamese flags lining the streets in celebration for the Lunar New Year.
Vietnamese flags lining the streets in celebration for the Lunar New Year.
Friends sharing a scooter; communist flags billowing behind them.
Friends sharing a scooter; communist flags billowing behind them.
Gorgeous old tree blooming bright yellow flowers as though it itself was celebrating the Lunar New Year.
Gorgeous old tree blooming bright yellow flowers as though it itself was celebrating the Lunar New Year.

And so there you have a comprehensive visual tour of our wanderings around Ho Chi Minh (and one in a Cambodian tuktuk). Let me know what you thought of the photos! This is my first trip with this camera so I’m still getting to know my way around it, but I had a lot of fun taking pictures.

Next up will be my final post about this vacation – but I’ve decided to save the best for last: it’s going to be a sum-up of all the food we ate.

Until next time!


5 thoughts on “Dreamy Days and Nightvisions: Street Photography Journal in Vietnam

  1. Good variety of outdoor images of motorized life and food. An enlightening view differing from the pretty tourist photos usually found in various travel media. I feel badly that food poisoning interrupted your otherwise idylic voyage.

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  2. Wonderful photo journal…I feel like I am looking at a magazine…or actually there. The black and white are so striking!
    It’s too bad you weren’t able to get more Cambodian shots, but such is how it happens at times. Without the camera you actually are forced to absorb it all and be aware of your surroundings in a completely different manner instead of focusing on details. Much like when you aren’t allowed to take pictures at a show…you stop looking for good angles and compositions and you just take it in…living completely in the moment.
    I had rolls of used film stolen when I was in Israel…it was devastating. Yet, because I no longer had the photos to archive my memories in to access when needed, I found my brain made a bigger effort to retain those images. May your memories stay clear!

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    1. To have your pictures stolen is truly devastating…and it’s true. Cambodia stands out very clearly in my mind at least – I just wish I could share my mind with you 🙂

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