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Scenes of Vietnam | Photo Diary + Thoughts on Photos in 2015

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Hoi An vegetable street market

Women shop for vegetables in Hoi An’s lively street market

How often do you take a whole bunch of photos and then never look at them again? We all do it… a quick scroll through your phone’s photo albums, laptop folders or the SD card inside your camera is sure to elicit at least a single “I’d forgotten about that!” or an “oh yeah!

I don’t want to do that anymore.

I don’t want to want to take hundreds of photos only to revisit the ones I use on this site.

I don’t want to pick out one great shot and then forget all the photos that aren’t profile picture-worthy.

It can’t be just me who’s guilty of this – and who wants to do something to change it? I used to go through every digital photo album, pulling out my favourites and saving them to a folder that would immediately become my screensaver gallery and later be printed out when I’d collected enough.

This was going to be a pure travel post but I’m going to make it a little less word and a little more image. Photos are memories. Sure, they’re never going to replace the real thing but they certainly can enhance them. As I leave you with these photos of Hanoi, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City, all parts of Vietnam I visited earlier this year, I invite you to think about the last time you looked at a digital photo more than once. And to go dig out some of your favourite memories, too.

Hanoi Vietnam mopeds

There are about 4 million mopeds in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi

Hanoi Vietnam basket woman

Hanoi Vietnam masks

Hand painted masks in a Hanoi shop

Hanoi Vietnam Hoan Kiem bridge

Crossing the bridge on the Hoan Kiem bridge in Hanoi to the Temple of the Jade Mountain which lies in the centre

Hanoi Vietnam Hoan Kiem lake bridge

Hoi An chinese temple

A Chinese temple in Hoi An

Hoi An chinese temple bell

View from the Bitexco Tower Saigon

A view of Ho Chi Minh City from the Bitexco Tower

Banana Split at Bitexco Tower Cafe

The best banana split at the Bitexco Tower Cafe

Bitexco Financial Tower Ho Chi Minh City

Playing with reflections at the Bitexco Tower

Bitexco Financial Tower

View from the Independence Palace in Ho Chi Minh City

The view from the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City + two shots taken inside

Reunification Palace Ho Chi Minh City Inside Ho Chi Minh City Independence Palace

Have you been to Vietnam? Would you like to go? What photos lie forgotten in your own photo library? 

Jodie x

13 Responses
  • Lois
    27 . 11 . 2015

    Your photos are absolutely stunning. I’m new to your blog but am loving it already! :)

    Lois xx

    • Jodie
      01 . 12 . 2015

      Thank you, Lois! Your comment means a lot :) I hope you’ll enjoy it! xx

  • Amy Ann Arnold
    30 . 11 . 2015

    Photos are definitely memories and these are amazing! Thanks for sharing.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie
      01 . 12 . 2015

      I couldn’t agree more. Thank you for stopping by!

  • Summer
    30 . 11 . 2015

    Such gorgeous photos♥

  • Style Tomes
    30 . 11 . 2015

    Great selection! I have so many trip photos I need to go through myself! I’m prepping myself to go through 2000 photos from my South Africa trip, and it’s definitely giving me some anxiety. I love going through the photos, but the prospect of editing them down and post-processing for hours is a little bit overwhelming!



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    • Jodie
      01 . 12 . 2015

      Wow, now that is a LOT of photos!! It can seem so overwhelming, can’t it? But you get started you’ll have so much fun looking back – just make sure you set aside a good few hours haha. Thanks for stopping by and GOOD LUCK! x

  • Molly Hogan
    30 . 11 . 2015

    This trip looks absolutely amazing! I have always wanted to go to Vietnam, so I’m so jealous!



    • Jodie
      01 . 12 . 2015

      It was by far my favourite place I’ve ever visited! I’d definitely recommend it! :) x

  • Ellese Launer
    08 . 12 . 2015

    These are beautiful photos. I have always wanted to visit Vietnam. Hopefully one day soon. Xo, Ellese

    • Jodie
      10 . 12 . 2015

      Thank you, Ellese. It’s such a beautiful country! x

  • Priyanka Gupta
    10 . 02 . 2018

    Beautiful pictures. And I agree, photos are memories. Thank you for sharing your memories :)

    I also visited Vietnam and just published a photo essay. If you love Vietnam, do visit my blog and have a look. Let me know if you like the photos and if something reminded you of your experience there.


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