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Vietnam Highlights
March 14, 2018
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Vibrant Vietnam Highlights | Duende by Madam ZoZo

A pictorial of vibrant Vietnam highlights from two weeks of exploring a country filled with exquisite colour, amazing food, lush landscapes and welcoming people. From the glazed tiles of Hue’s Imperial City and the spiraling incense of Hoi An’s Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, to the tropical fruit and flowers of the Mekong Delta – here are some highlights of Vietnam you shouldn’t miss.

Hanoi

Colourful moments from the Ho Chi Minh Presidential Palace Historical Site, North Vietnam’s unique Water Puppet Theatre, the intriguing Temple of Literature and life in Hanoi’s old quarter.

Presidential Palace, Hanoi, Vietnam | Colours of Vietnam | Duende by Madam ZoZo
The Presidential Palace
Water Puppet Show, Hanoi, Vietnam | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Water puppet show, Hanoi, Vietnam
Vibrant Vietnam Highlights | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Left: Five elements flag; Right: Vietnam's national flag at the Temple of Literature
Hung Mieu Temple Gate
Masks hanging on a wall inside the Temple of Literature
Shrine to Confucius at the Temple of Literature, Hanoi | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Shrine to Confucius at the Temple of Literature

Halong Bay

Vibrant Vietnam Highlights | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Silhouette of a Halong Bay fisherman at sunset
Vibrant Vietnam Highlights | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Sunset over Ha Long Bay's distinctive limestone islands
The iconic Halong Bay view from near Hang Sung Sot Stock

Hue

Exquisite details of paint, tile, pottery and sculpture at the Imperial Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda and Tu Duc Tomb, along with handicrafts in and around Hue.

Ngo Mon Gate | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Ngo Mon Gate at the Imperial Citadel
Imperial City, Hue, Vietnam | Colours of Vietnam | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Imperial Citadel details
Citadel garden, Hue, Vietnam
Imperial Citadel garden
Vibrant Vietnam Highlights | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Rooftop details in the Imperial Citadel, Hue | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Rooftop details in the Imperial Citadel
Tu Duc Tomb | Colours of Vietnam | Duende by Madam ZoZo
The grounds of Tu Duc Tomb. In summer, these pools are said to blossom with lotus.
Dragon, Tu Doc Tomb, Hue
Dragon details at Tu Doc Tomb
Vibrant Vietnam Highlights | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Incense burning at Tu Doc Tomb
Incense for sale in Hue, Vietnam | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Incense for sale in Hue
Thien Mu Pagoda | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Thien Mu Pagoda
Thien Mu Pagoda Monastery | Duende by Madam ZoZO
Saffron robes of a Buddhist monk who wanted to try out our guides new camera
Buddhist monastery at the Thien Mu Pagoda | Duende by Madam ZoZo
The pink walled monastery at Thien Mu Pagoda

Hoi An

Hoi An, also known as Lantern City, shows the diversity of Vietnam’s colonial powers past in its old quarter streets that include French colonials, a Japanese Bridge and the Chinese Phuc Kien Assemble Hall.

Hoi An, city of lanterns | Vibrant Vietnam Highlights | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Vibrant Vietnam Highlights
French colonial shophouse in Hoi An Old Quarter
Vibrant Vietnam Highlights | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Colonial shopfronts with national flag
Japanese covered bridge, Hoi An
Japanese covered bridge
Vibrant Vietnam Highlights | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Phuc Kien Assembly Hall
Vibrant Vietnam Highlights | Duende by Madam ZoZo
A beautiful emerald door at Phuc Kien pagoda
Incense, Hoi An | Vibrant Vietnam Highlights | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Incense hanging inside Phuc Kien Assembly Hall
Hoi An Central Market
Hoi An Central Market

Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon)

HCMC is a more westernised city with grand French colonial architectural highlights such as the Central Post Office and Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica.  Ben Thanh Market is the place to shop for local handicrafts, food and souvenirs.

Saigon Central Post Office | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Saigon Central Post Office
Inside Saigon Central Post Office | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Inside Saigon Central Post Office
Ho Chi Minh City | Duende by Madam ZoZo
HCMC City Hall
Textiles at Ben Thanh Market, HCMC | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Textiles at Ben Thanh Market, HCMC

Mekong Delta

A return to rural Vietnam in the delta of the mighty Mekong River with bountiful tropical fruits, fascinating flora, traditional loom-woven textiles, a whimsical temple and a colourful French colonial home.

Mekong Delta, Vietnam | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Rambutan on their way to market, Mekong Delta
Torch Ginger Flower, Vietnam | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Torch Ginger Flower, Vietnam
Vibrant Vietnam Highlights | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Textile weaving in the Mekong Delta
Nón lá | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Traditional sun protection - nón lá
Cao Dai Temple | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Cao Dai Temple
Cu Chi Tunnels
Cu Chi Tunnels demonstration
Vibrant Vietnam Highlights
Stilted housing in the Mekong Delta
French Colonial home in Binh Thuy Village, Can Tho, Vietnam | Duende by Madam ZoZo
The entrance to a French Colonial Binh Thuy House in Binh Thuy Village, Can Tho
Vibrant Vietnam Highlights | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Binh Thuy House antiques and interior details
Vibrant Vietnam Highlights | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Green shutters and Vietnamese pottery

Plan a trip to Vietnam

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Find flights to Vietnam with Skyscanner.

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Don’t forget travel insurance, I recommend Seven Corners or World Nomads.

For more Vietnam highlights, learn about the unique art of water puppets and why it is a cultural travel must-see.

Peace, love and inspiring travel,

Madam ZoZo

Vietnam Highlights | Duende by Madam ZoZo

About author

Madam ZoZo

Hi! I'm Madam ZoZo, aka Zoë, an Australian designer, creative consultant, blogger and digital nomad. I'm passionate about travel, design, dance and new experiences that fuel my creativity. I strive to travel in a style that is gentle on the earth and that contributes to the communities I visits, even if it is merely to take away a greater understanding of a different culture. Duende by Madam ZoZo, is where I share the stories of my travels and the duende (soul/inspiration) I find along the way.

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