I recently went on a three week journey to Vietnam. We travelled from as far north as Sapa all the way to the Mekong Delta in the South. What impressed me time and again were the children. Whether they were in the north or 2000 km further south, they were happy, easy going, obedient, played with nothing and still had fun and very rarely did we hear any of them cry, throw a tantrum or complain. We, as well as our children, have alot to learn from this gentle, loving people who have faced so much adversity and hardships over the years and who are still very poor, barely make enough to get by, are the hardest working people I have ever met, are extremely helpful and all this always sporting a beautiful smile and wonderful attitude. Enjoy a few of the portraits I took while on my travels.
Water village children in Halong Bay
Child in Halong Bay water village
Young Girl living in Halong Bay Water village
Family vehicles in Sapa are Vespas. Cars are a very rare commodity.
Young boy carries his baby brother on his back at the Bac Ha Market
Bac Ha Market near Sapa
The Bac Ha Market happens once a week
Young girl looking after her baby brother
These young kids were given ballons by a tourist and were having a ball with them.
Baby waiting for her mother as the mother was cooking in the local eatery
School in one of the hill tribe villages
Girl waiting in line to play a game
Elementary school boys playing a game with their teacher.
Young boys waiting patiently for their turn.
Toddler was mimicking the moves that the elementary school kids were doing while at recess.
Young Sapa Girl
Young child in the hill tribe in Sapa
Posing in the hill tribes
These young girls gestured to us from the street (we were eating in a second floor restaurant) to purchase a floating lantern from them. They waited for almost an hour while we ate and of course we could not resist buying a few of their lanterns. School night, it was dark and getting late and no parents were around. But they sat their and giggled the entire time we watched.
Young boys in a Hoi An suburb.
These two little characters were running around in the local brick factory, no shoes, not hard hats and no supervision. Our guide gave them gum and they chased us for the entire time we were there. The absolutely loved having their picture taken and then seeing themselves on the back of my camera.
This young boy was rather sad because there was no gum left for him. But he took it like a man. No crying or tantrum
My little brick factory angels.
Playing with nothing
This young boy wanted his picture taken but was so shy that the first few pictures I took all you could see was the top of his head because he was looking at the ground so much. With sign language and the help of our guide, I was able to have him look up. The only smile I got was when he finally saw himself on the back of my camera.