14+ journey-worthy photos of daily life in Vietnam

Vietnam, less than forty years after the cruelty and bloodshed of war, is brimming with optimism. Todd Weselake, a travel photographer, focuses on what life is like now in this resilient country—a region of magnificent natural beauty with a distinct heritage—in a series of pictures.

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Vong Canh hill & Perfume River (Huong River), Hue, Vietnam

Vietnam welcomed me in with a blur of beautiful smiles, exotic flavours, and intense scooter rides. Rising up from the devastation of the Vietnam War, the Vietnamese people have rallied with grace and resilience to embrace tourism to become one of the fastest-growing emerging economies in the world.

From the early morning food markets to the meals made at the hands of our homestay hosts, Vietnam offered, hands down, the best food out of any of the 30 countries I’ve visited. I was enticed by some of the freshest, tastiest, and most unique ingredients I’ve ever experienced. The 10 days I spent there were packed with authentic adventures and experiences of an enchanting and colourful culture.

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The rice and corn fields surrounding our local homestay offer a true sense of what living here in remote Vietnam is like.

 

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The local family at our homestay prepares a meal for us!
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Produce is bought and sold from all around Vietnam in the Mekong Delta.

 

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Making an art out of pineapple preparation.

 

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Life along the Mekong River.

 

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Downtown Saigon can get pretty busy.

 

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Early morning food markets can be found all around Vietnam.
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The scooter commute.

 

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The 3rd class section of the overnight train.

 

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A monk prays in silence.

 

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One can only imagine what these two have seen during their lifetime.

 

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Street side markets, offering whatever you want, real or fake. Hoi An
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Locals, from kids to adults, are always up for a conversation.

 

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Halong Bay.

 

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