Profundo Journeys Vietnam & Cambodia
Our 18 day photography tour began in Hanoi, where we discovered the old city on foot and cylclo, experience the density of life there. Hanoi was our base for venturing out to Tay Phuong Pagoda & Duong Lam Village. On the seventh day, we traveled to the Halong Bay, where we boarded the Victory Star, our floating hotel, for a three day cruise and exploration of Halong Bay. We were treated to a morning of fog, which rendered the limestone karsts and other floating vessels as ghosts in the mist.
Other stops on this very immersive exploration of the North were , Tho Ha village, in the town of Bac Ninh, (via ferry). The village is famous for its pre-20th century terracotta products, originally coffins, built into the walls of the houses; Hoi An, and Cam Nam Village on the Thu Bon River, the ruins at My Son, and the tea growing regions of Moc & Mai Chau.
We flew then to Saigon. Some of the highlights of Saigon included the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post office, Saigon City Hall, the Reunification Palace, and squat coffee in the parks and Opera house. We visited China town. We tour the Red Pagoda, of the top god Ngoc Huong, where hundreds of local people come and burn incense for their luck, prosperity and happiness.
We photographed the Mekong River on a boat launched from Cai Lay and visited Can Tho, in proximity of the Cai Rang floating market. It was quite an experience to photograph the bustling market from the water.
From Saigon, we bade our most wonderful guide yang farewell, and flew to Siem Reap, Cambodia. For three days, we explored temples in the Angkor Wat area; Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Bantaey Srei, Bantay Samray, and Angkor Thom. We also has the opportunity to travel to Tonle Sap lake (the largest in Southeast Asia) and the floating village of Chong Knies.
The photography opportunities and sheer exotic nature of the places we visited made this trip an incredibly profound journey.