Located in District One, the urban core of Saigon, Tao Dan Park with its towering trees, cooling shade, and restful tranquility is a marvelous, welcome break from the noise and congestion of downtown Saigon.
Saigon’s Tao Dan Park at 7:00 in the morning.
The sign says the proprietor has on offer rice noodles in soup I presume, fried noodles, rice porridge with herbs, wonton, and some kind of cake or sweet bread – I was not familiar with the Vietnamese and Google’s English translation did not enlighten. Being a big fan of all kinds of rice porridge from Vietnamese porridge with duck to Hong Kong style porridge with preserved egg and pork, I am curious about rice porridge with herbs. Too bad I did not pay more attention to the sign when I walked by.
Mèo Vạc is a small mountain town on the highway that begins in the northern city of Hà Giang and loops through spectacular mountain scenery before returning to Hà Giang. This road and the sights along the road are a major tourist attraction in Vietnam. Many of the people living in and around Mèo Vạc are citizens of Vietnam, but ethnically not Vietnamese. The Hmong are an important group in this area, and there are a number of other ethnic groups who live and work in this part of northern Vietnam.
This woman was being photographed by a man who I presumed was her husband or boyfriend. The shoot did not look commercial, though who knows. In any case tourists passing by were snapping away and I figured why not. The colors really are gorgeous.