We photographed our way from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City.
The people, the landscape, the habits, architecture and culture. We traveled from North to South for three months.
In the process of learning something new every day, we tried to capture special moments with our camera.
Besides sharing these Vietnam travel photos, there is more.
More Vietnam guides:
- Photos from Ha Long Bay and our cruise
- Sapa Vietnam and a visit in the minority Village
- 41 BEST Things to do in Hanoi
- 24 cool things to do in Ho Chi Minh City
Our photos have been part of an art exhibition in Hanoi.
It was hold from 27th of August until 1st of September 2017.
The exhibition featured the work of famous portrait photographer Réhahn.
About us in the art exhibition:
Anna and Matt are the European creatives and founders of the network Hostelgeeks, a travel brand for premium Hostels worldwide with 29,2k following on Instagram.
They traveled Vietnam to find the best hostels in the country.
They discovered much more: heart-warming smiles, beautiful stories and a unique country with a strong character and bright future.
Grand opening limited seat (registration only): 50 people
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Read: full guide to the best hostels in Vietnam
Go Explore Vietnam Immersive Art Exhibition presents a selected collection of photography and videography artworks, featuring different destinations across Vietnam, to create an immersive art space, combined with diverse visual and sound effects such as lighting, experimental/electronic music, art performances (opening and closing date only), etc.
Surrounded by interactive images and Ultra High Definition (4k) videos shown in dark room with rich sounds, the space offers an amazing immersive and sensory experience in the realm of art and entertaining.
Massive displays shown from projectors combine artistic, informational and promotional content.
Travel to these immersive art experiences on view across the country.
Réhahn is one of the honoured guest artists participating in our upcoming Go Explore Vietnam Immersive Art Exhibition. He was ranked one of the top 10 portrait photographers in the world and the 2nd most popular French photographer on the internet, having been to over 35 countries and is currently living in Hoi An, Vietnam. Some of his most famous works are the ‘Hidden Smile’ photograph and the ‘Vietnam, Mosaic of Contrasts’ photo book, including 150 photographs inspired by his past 6-year long journey encountering 45 of the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam. His works have been featured on Conde Nast Traveler, The Times, and National Geographic.
📷 Artist List:
- Cristobal Ascencio
- Chévon Leo
- Anna & Matt from Hostelgeeks.com
- Pham Phu Nghia
- Nguyen Tan Dung
- Vu Nhat Tan
- Ni Ko
The 7 Exhibition Photos
The following 7 photos were part of the art exhibition.
Photos taken at the art exhibition
Hanoi, Capital of Vietnam
Here are our travel photos from Hanoi. We started our trip in the North and travelled all the way to the South. Whether you are backpacking Vietnam from the South to North or vice Versa, it does not make a big difference.
Best recommendation would be to check the weather and let it decide. We decided to go from cold to warmer weather.
We recommend staying at NEXY Hostel, the only 5 Star Hostel in Hanoi.
Here is our guide comparing the best hostels in Hanoi.
Read: 41 cool and unique things to do in Hanoi
Ha Long Bay and Cat Ba
The Ha Long Bay is the pearl of the North. The endless lime stones are dotted around the sea. Taking a cruise along them is popular.
We joined a private cruise tour by Woodstock Beach Camp.
Together with four more travelers we immersed into a different world.
Here are the travel photos from Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.
See: Ha Long Bay in beautiful photos and images
Da Nang might be the most underrated city in this country. It is the big brother of Hoi An. It has always been in the shadow of the small, precious, beautiful village of Hoi An.
Nevertheless, our journey took us to Da Nang. We felt in love.
Read: 14 best design coffee shops in Da Nang.
From the beautiful Hai Van Pass you can drive down the mountain, with a view of panoramic Da Nang.
We stayed for more than three weeks. We soak in the ambiance, it’s delicious coffee shops, beachy vibes.
This is a city to experience and to see the growing Giant of Vietnam.
Highly recommended: The Memory Hostel in Da Nang. It is the 5 Star Hostel in the city.
It even comes with a roof top terrace, overlooking the river and the fire-spitting dragon.
Read: Complete guide to best hostels in Da Nang
Kon Tum, Vietnam
Kon Tum is a tiny city up the mountains. You may pass it when you decide to ride the Ho Chi Minh road. We stopped here.
It was wonderful.
No tourists, just a bustling local life.
The hotels were especially cheap and the quality high.
As a western traveler, the locals are amazed to see you. Not many tourists come here. In fact, we have not seen a single traveler soul in five days staying here.
Can Ram, Vietnam
A true gem, a hidden paradise. This is the place where we took really beautiful pictures of Vietnam!
We stranded here by total accident. Coming from Nha Trang, we run out of time, and light. The sun was going down. The motorbikes had no working lights on them. I was actually riding with a head light around my head.
Funny enough, right?!
I only saw my iPhone screen and a tiny icon on Google Maps pointing: Accommodation.
This was our goal. We reached for it, arrived and woke up 2 meters away from the ocean.
This is the magic of Vietnam. There is always something you can explore and the best plan for Vietnam is not having any plan!
Read: 10 Travel Tips for Vietnam and 27 cool things to do.
Da Lat, Vietnam
Da Lat, up the mountains, away from the warm, sandy beaches. It’s creative soul is known and so is the majestic coffee plantations surrounding the city. This is a great place to visit for your Vietnam travel experience!
Here are our travel photos from Da Lat in Vietnam.
A must do? Visit coffee shops. As many as you can.
Ho Chi Minh City (former Saigon)
While staying at The Common Room Project in Ho Chi Minh City, we explored the city.
The team at TCRP knows Saigon like the back of their hand. Thanks to their insider tips, we unboxed some of the cities hidden gems.
Read our guide to best hostels in Ho Chi Minh City compared.
This is an excerpt of our Vietnam travel photos from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
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More you need to know about Vietnam
We wrote up more articles during our 3 months trip in Vietnam.
On our journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, we have experienced so many wonderful things.
For a starter, read all travel tips and 27 Best Things to do in Vietnam
Our travel tips Vietnam here:
- 24 BEST Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City/ Saigon (including understanding the cities history and name)
- a list of 41 cool things to do in Hanoi
- a guide to Sa Pa Vietnam – how to get there and have a great time with the locals villagers
- last but not least, a guide how to find coffee shops in Da Nang
The best hostels in Vietnam
When traveling around the country, you can stay at fantastic, awesome hostels.
Find all 5 Star Hostels in Vietnam here.
Here is a list:
- Ho Chi Minh City: The Common Room Project
- Hanoi: NEXY Hostel
- Nha Trang: CCASA Hostel
- Da Nang: Memory Hostel
- Tam Coc: Tam Coc Bungalows and Hostels
- Cat Ba Island: Woodstock Beach Camp
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Hostel Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries