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Sunday Snapshot: Sapa, Vietnam

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Today’s Sunday Sanpshot comes from Anna, creator and blogger at It Started in Asia, a travel blog designed for ‘budget-luxe’ readers seeking a mix of adventure, culture, food, roughing it, luxury and a little dose of wellness. Anna and her partner Matt live in Melbourne and work full-time but love exploring new lands. It Started in Asia is also an avenue to showcase Anna’s passion for photography.

women in Sapa, Vietnam

“This was captured in Sapa, Vietnam on a walk down to Cat Cat Village. I’d been awfully crook for 24 hours, and was determined to get out of our room. Turning down a hairpin along the trail, these ladies were giggling like school children and made me smile. I have such fond memories of Sapa (despite the hassling from the tribes women).”


Vietnam seems to be one of those countries that people either really love or really hate. I’m hoping to visit this summer, so I’m curious: Have you been to Vietnam? What were your impressions?


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  1. itstartedinasia May 4, 2014

    Hey Jess,
    Thanks very much for featuring this in your 'Sunday Snapshot' ๐Ÿ™‚ Our time in Vietnam was fantastic and we'd happily return tomorrow. I don't recall any 'awful' encounters. We always came across people that were happy and content, just going about their daily business and were helpful. And, the food is delicious! There were some persistent hmong in Sapa. In particular, one young local girl, non hmong or dzao) that simply would not leave us alone, even with firm 'no thanks'. We started in HCMC and made our way up to Hanoi (& Sapa) via the coast. Don't miss Hoi An and Hue. Cheers, Anna

  2. francaangloitalian May 5, 2014

    We haven't been to Vietnam yet and I'm not going to hide that I'd love to. As you said I heard a lot of controversial comments from both people that liked it and others that didn't so much. I guess there is only one way to find out if we would like Vietnam or not and you know what that is ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. photravels May 13, 2014

    I've visited many times and am fortunate to be able to see the country from an insider's perspective. My husband is Vietnamese, so I'm able to see through the surface impressions and understand a little of what's going on beneath. If you enjoy your food, you'll love Vietnamese cuisine. It's fresh, zingy, healthy and there are many types of food to try – noodle soups, pancake-like dishes, hot pots, crab in sweet/sour tamarind sauce, deep-fried bananas, coconut desserts..

    It's a good place to get a first-hand understanding of the war and Vietnam's past. There are many museums that tell Vietnam's side of the story quite well. From my husband I learnt a lot more, things like how the country wasn't really split by a political or geographical divide, people chose sides as a matter of survival. After the war, those who had been employed by the US or had been on their side, suffered greatly. Interestingly, my husband's s family aren't keen to talk to me about the war. For them it's in the past and they're busy focusing on the future. Apart from the war museums and memorials, I love Hue and Hoi An for getting a sense of Vietnam's past. The king's tombs are amazing, and Hoi An offers a charming atmosphere.

    Getting clothes tailored is one of the treats of visiting Vietnam. Even if you're not staying long, don't worry, as many tailors can arrange shipping back to your home country. So, if you're keen on that, prepare photographs/sketches now of clothes you'd like to create.

    Dress tidily while you're in Vietnam. I know it's super hot, but to get respect from locals, wearing long pants and shirts with sleeves is a must. Most foreign visitors don't do this, and they're frowned upon by Vietnamese, particularly when they visit sacred sites. Oh, and don't wear jewellery. Keep safe.

    Most of all, just visit with a sense of adventure and keenness to discover. Happy planning!


    • waysofwanderers May 13, 2014

      Thanks for all the tips, Katherine. The food is probably the part I'm most excited for. I've heard amazing things about it!

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