Vietnam January 2014
Flower vendor in the streets of Hanoi
in Hanoi we met some Couchsurfers to learn something about VN from a local
Vietnam must be one of the countries with the highest scooter density
a huge floating fishermen village in Halong Bay
our cook bought the fish for the evening fresh from a local fisherman
we went Kayaking on both days and often kayaked through natural tunnels which was only possible at low tide
view from above of the area around Ninh Binh - for a good reason it's also called dry Halong Bay
we did a boat tour at Trang An
a vietnamese sleeper bus with 3 rows and 2 floors of beds.
all kind of vegetarian vietnamese food. You have a hot pot in the middle and throw in some vegetables.
we went to a traditional silk factory to see how silk was produced years ago. Here the silk cocoons are swimming in hot water and are being unrolled (you can see the thread on the chopsticks)
the silk worm puppet remains once all the silk of the cocoon has been removed
you can eat it. Surprisingly it tastes almost the same as potato.
Hoi An at night - when thousands of lanterns / lights are lit
a barber in the street waiting for the next customer
butchery in the street at 30°C - this would be unimaginable in Europe...
delicious vietnamese food. In the background rice paper with sesame.
roses ready to be sold / delivered to the market
the living room of a family...
... and their kitchen
a family producing rice wine
the finished brooms ready to be transported to the market
a silk factory. Unlike the traditional factory we visited here everything was much more automatized and speeded up.
coffee drying. Hint: look how the scooter got to the house ;-)
food in a street restaurant.
the first time Edgar tasted Eel. It was soft and really delicious!
a very busy restaurant in Da Lat
Crazy House in Da Lat. It was crazy indeed. Reminded us a bit of Gaudi.
... and the result of a weasel eating coffee and then pooping it out again. After cleaning it and roasting it weasel coffee is a delicacy. For sure we had to try it. It was really good!
"Happy Buddha". Not necessarily beautiful - but happy indeed :-)
coffee plantations as far as you can see
silk worms being cultivated / fed in a part of the only room of the house
silk worms lying on a massive layer of leaves and eating them.
Silk worms placed in bamboo racks so that they build their cocoon
electro fishing. Apparently the electricity was only deadly to the fish and not to him.
people preparing some kind of grass at the side of the road to sell it afterwards
floating houses in which fishermen live on the lake
a lady selling dried fish at the side of the road
manioc drying on the ground
happy teenagers on a bamboo transporter. In the countryside we were often the attraction ourselves with so many young people smiling, waving and cheering "hello" at us.
no matter how poor the minority village is - every house seems to have a satellite dish and a scooter
driving through the central highlands in the morning
a family on a scooter. The father / driver on the phone. The children waving at us.
the coffee flower smells very good and surprisingly sweet
the rice fields in the south were already intensely green
5 children on a scooter. We wonder how young the driver was.
you see many many communistic billboards like these around entire Vietnam
it was kind of odd that many trash bins in Vietnam were penguins?!
if you cut the gum tree a white liquid leaks out from which you can produce tires and shoe soles
Vietnamese coffee. Pretty strong but also pretty good.
there were 4 lanes in each direction on this empty street to the centre of Gia Nghia.
the kitchen / living room of one family in a minority village
the house of another family. Chicken underneath the bed.
on the right coffee with very sweet condensed milk. It was very hard to get fresh milk for coffee in Vietnam.
Saigon was much more western and modern than we had expected
during Tet celebration one major road is closed to traffic and transformed into flower street.
influenced by the Asians we felt like we needed to do the Asian photo pose as well...
amazing, ice cold, large fruit shakes for 0,85 €
Vietnamese houses tend to be narrow and high. This house was the narrowest we have seen.
sad flower man
the father of this Asian family asked us if he could take a picture of us with his two children
fried noodles with egg at our favorite street food place in Saigon