Tag : Vietnam

A Portrait of the Old Quarter Street Peddler

It is hard to imagine Hanoi Old Quarter without street peddlers. A peddler, in British English a pedlar, also known as a canvasser, cheapjack, monger, higler or solicitor, is a travelling vendor of goods. Today’s post is dedicated to all charming and hardworking Vietnamese girls and women roaming the streets of Hanoi. By the way, I haven’t seen a male …

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Descending Dragon's Bay, Vietnam

The name Ha Long is derived from the Sino-Vietnamese, meaning “Descending Dragon”. According to local legend, when Vietnamese had just started to develop into a country, they had to fight against invaders. To assist Vietnamese in defending their country, the gods sent a family of dragons as protectors. This family of dragons began spitting out jewels and jade. These jewels …

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Hanoi, Vietnam

Dedicated to my father. Happy Birthday, Dad! As I have stated in the Shocking Asia opening post, my “Shocking Asia” trip was not meant to be shocking bizzare experience. However, I am being asked the same question “What was the most shocking experience on your Shocking Asia trip?”. So here is my list of Top 10 “Shocking Asia” experiences from …

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Hanoi, Vietnam

Inspired by 1974 and 1985 documentary films ‘Shocking Asia’, I was always more interested in exploration/photography of the Asian continent than any other. I was not looking to experience “not for the faint of heart” bizarre rituals or exotic sexual pleasures. But, fascinating culture of Far East, its charming people, and wonderful food pulled me like a magnet. Within last …

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