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This Sapa tribal lady is an artist in her own right. As you can see from this image, her design is intricate. The work is painstaking and takes days to even weeks from concept to the actual finished textile. She specializes in indigo.

The northern highlands of Vietnam has many tribes with their distinct style of clothing. They are spread across the towns of Sapa and Bac Ha. The best way to see them is going to their weekend markets where throngs of people congregate to meet, catch up with each other, buy or sell farming implements and produce, even farm animals such as swines, dogs, buffaloes, oxen and chickens. The weekend markets used to be called 'love market' as the young tribal teenagers come to search for worthy partners. If you're fortunate, you can still find some groups of boys and girls loitering around in their best dress for the 'ritual'.

Lanterns of Hoi An, Vietnam

in Vietnam
on: 01 September 2012

Hoi An is well-known for its lanterns. In fact, many people go there during the 14th lunar day of the month to catch the town at its prettiest. When evening comes, all the street lamps are switched off in the old part of the town. It gives Hoi An a different ambience as one strolls along the narrow lanes of old. The ancient shop lots will also reduce their modern lightings and instead put on the lanterns. Most have their self-branded lanterns to advertise their shop names.

The river that cuts through the UNESCO listed city also contributes to the quaintness of the place. Bridges add to the romance as they are beautifully decorated with specially crafted lanterns as well. Many young couples from the surrounding districts come for this monthly episode.

Everywhere in the city, you can find lanterns in different shapes, sizes and colours being sold. This image is taken from one of the many shops in Hoi An.

One of the ancient buildings inside the Imperial City within the Citadel in Hue. It is probably part of the Royal Theatre building. The inner square city is surrounded by a moat and defensive wall where there is a gate on each side of the wall. In its heyday, there were 148 buildings. However, there was a battle for Hue in 1968. By 1975, there were only twenty buildings left in the city.

Much modern restoration has been done as can be seen from this image. The water reflection is from one of the many huge metal urns scattered in the compound. Some of these urns carry water, which is for the usage of the then imperial residents.

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