Last updated on May 16, 2024 by Stefano Ferro, founder of MEL365, following extensive travelling in Vietnam

My most beautiful Vietnam images

In this space, I have collected my most beautiful Vietnam images to remind myself how gorgeous is this land.

In true honesty, there are countries where it’s hard not to get inspired, it’s impossible to take a bad photo. I am thinking here of Cuba for example.

I feel like Vietnam is another country where the possibility of taking bad photos is close to zero. 

The landscape is one of the most unique in the world and the people are so friendly and open-minded.

True, there are a few places where over-tourism is becoming a concern. I am thinking here of Sa Pa.

If it’s a problem for you, just avoid the place altogether or take your Vietnam photos at the time of the day when tourists are not around.

I was for example in Hoi An where you can hardly walk between 4 pm and 9 pm for the massive amount of tourists in the old town.

I woke up at 5 am, I went to the local market, I visited the old streets and the iconic alleys. I was the only Western person til 6:30-7 am.

Everyone was so busy that did not mind me taking photos of them.

A video about Travel Photography and photos in Vietnam

I have organised this video during my trip about all the photo opportunities I came across in Vietnam

Landscape images of Vietnam

In my recent trip, I found what I think is the most beautiful landscape on earth.

It’s in the north of Vietnam, close to the China border. The province is called Ha Giang.

It can be visited by car, however, the roads are so winding and narrow that you can hardly stop and admire the beautiful landscape in front of you.

I rented a motorbike and I roamed through the valleys, the villages and the mountains for 4 days, stopping wherever I wanted, so flexible.

I have added a video at the end of this section about how to organise a trip to Ha Giang, including maps and a budget.

Panorama on the Ha Giang province
Panorama on the Ha Giang province
It's always hard to describe the beauty of this region
It’s always hard to describe the beauty of this region
Another km, another amazing valley, again incredible travel photography in Vietnam
Another km, another amazing valley, again incredible travel photography in Vietnam
Winding road of Dong Van
The winding road of Dong Van
When too bright, underexpose slightly your photos and recover the shadows in post
When too bright, underexpose slightly your photos and recover the shadows in post
Hard not to stop every few hundred meters for landscape photography
Hard not to stop every few hundred meters for landscape photography
Any corner in the north of the Vietnam is an incredible opportunity for travel photography
Any corner in the north of Vietnam is an incredible opportunity for travel photography
So many amazing valleys
So many amazing valleys
Mountain layering, never ending
Mountain layering, never-ending

Photos of people of Vietnam

Taking photos of people has been always of my favourite things to do on my trips.

Sometimes the people’s faces and hands can say much more of a book. You can learn and understand more about the local life.

There are a few touristy places in Vietnam (Sa Pa is probably the biggest example) where locals ask for money if you take a photo of them.

It’s really up to you. I personally think that things should be spontaneous and I remarked that in my Guide to Travel Photography.

If I see a great moment then I usually try to take a photo of it.

Otherwise, I first talk with the people, introduce myself, give a gift to the kids (I usually take a few small Aussie koalas with me) and then ask for a photo.

All of the below photos were spontaneous and did not involve any money transaction

Faces of Vietnam
Faces of Vietnam
Sorting the fish
Sorting the fish
Ladies of Hanoi
Ladies playing in the streets of Hanoi
Drinking eggs coffee and watching the life passing by
Drinking egg coffee and watching life passing by
I am always fascinated by the street barbers
I am always fascinated by the street barbers
Night photography in Hoi An
Night photography in Hoi An – Old lady selling lanterns
Walking in the rice fields
Walking in the rice fields
Long exposure in the day. It works great with a person not moving and balancing the action
Long exposure in the day. It works great with a person not moving and balancing the action

Vietnam pictures of tourism

I had fun taking photos of tourists around the towns of Hoi An and Da Nang.

I may call it street photography, however, I understand you may not agree with it

I think that any Vietnam portfolio should include pictures of tourism and its impact.

How the world is being influenced by mass tourism, a project I want to take across the world

Trying street photography in Hoi An with the massive amount of tourists around
Trying street photography in Hoi An with the massive amount of tourists around
Selfies selfies and selfies again
Selfies selfies and selfies again
Hard to get a quiet place in Hoi An in the afternoon
Hard to get a quiet place in Hoi An in the afternoon
Busy places and people in Vietnam
Busy places and people in Vietnam
Although the lanterns at night become magical....
Although the lanterns at night become magical….
....in the morning they are a pollution nightmare
….in the morning they are a pollution nightmare

Vietnam city photos – Hanoi

If you can make it to only one big city and you are still undecided between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, then go for Hanoi, so much better for photography.

There are photography opportunities all around the streets, the small lanes and the hidden alleys.

If you have to make a choice about visiting Hanoi or Saigon, then Hanoi has to be for photography.

Moreover, in Hanoi, you will find some iconic examples of Vietnam city photos, as the railway between the buildings.

The train truck between the apartment blocks of Hanoi
The train truck between the apartment blocks of Hanoi
Amazing train passing so close to the houses of Hanoi
Amazing train passing so close to the houses of Hanoi
Walking on the track
Walking on the track
Panning and subframing through a tree
Panning and sub-framing through a tree
Chaotic traffic of the city
Chaotic traffic in the city
Panning the iconic places of Hanoi
Panning the iconic places of Hanoi
Night photography in the dark lanes of Hanoi
Night photography in the dark lanes of Hanoi
Panning Hanoi in the night
Panning Hanoi in the night
Opera House on an early Sunday
Opera House on an early Sunday
Pasteur Street Brewing pub in the Old District
Pasteur Street Brewing pub in the Old District
Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square in the Old Quarter
Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square in the Old Quarter
Cau Long Bien station and the amazing bridge
Cau Long Bien station and the amazing bridge
Another beautiful restaurant and cafe of Hanoi Old District
Another beautiful restaurant and cafe of Hanoi Old District

Documenting the fishing Vietnamese life, from the boatyard to the sea and the market

I was lucky enough that I could experience the full cycle of the fishing industry, from the boatyard to the market.

The full process going through the fishing delivery on small boats at the beach on a day with rough sea conditions.

Fishing is a big part of Vietnamese life and it should not be missed on any photography trip.

A window to the boatyard in Vietnam
A window to the boatyard in Vietnam
Cleaning the boats with fresh water
Cleaning the boats with fresh water
Hard work at the boatyard
Hard work at the boatyard
The local boat maker
The local boat maker
Sunrise on the fishing village
Sunrise on the fishing village
Waiting for the fish
Waiting for the fish
Rushing to the fish
Rushing to the fish
Tiny round boats used in most of Vietnam to transport the fish to the beach
Tiny round boats used in most of Vietnam to transport the fish to the beach
Photography at sunrise with Etienne Bossot - Hoi An
Photography at sunrise – Hoi An
Helping a capsized boat
Helping a capsized boat
Sorting the delivered fish
Sorting the delivered fish
Hand of a real worker
Hands of a real worker
A window to the fishing market
A window to the fishing market
Looking for an interesting corner at the market
Looking for an interesting corner of the market
Exploring local markets in Vietnam
Exploring local markets in Vietnam
The fish market
The fish market
Stefano Ferro - MEL365.com Founder and Editor

About the Author

Stefano is a seasoned travel expert and the visionary founder of MEL365.com, a leading travel website with traffic across 6 continents. With a rich background in the travel industry, Stefano spent four pivotal years at Amadeus Travel Distribution System, gaining invaluable insights into travel technologies and distribution.

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