Vietnam looks like an entire different kingdom in these 1990s photos

By Phong Vinh   February 18, 2018 | 11:09 am GMT+7

These two-decade old snaps offer a rare look into the past.

Kyle Michael Nunas, the now Canadian General Consul in Ho Chi Minh City, was one of a few people who had the chance to travel and capture Vietnam in the late 1990s, when the country just started to open to the outside world after a long period of isolation.

With a Minolta XD-11 camera in his hands, the diplomat had captured various famous tourist attractions in their far-off pristine days.

With a Minolta XD-11 camera in his hands, the diplomat captured various tourist attractions in their far-off pristine days.

Nunas first flew into Ho Chi Minh City in January 1997, when Honda Cubs were trendy and traffic jams were still something exotic. The photo was taken in front of the Hotel Continental Saigon in the city center.

Nunas first flew to Saigon, then officially named Ho Chi Minh City, in January 1997. The photo was taken in front of the Hotel Continenal Saigon in the city center, when Honda Cubs were trendy and traffic jams were a strange concept.

The Municipal Theatre, or Saigon Opera House before a major renovation in 1998.

The Municipal Theater, or Saigon Opera House, before a major renovation in 1998.

A wet market in the late 90s, when bicycles were a popular affordable vehicle.

A wet market in the late 1990s, when bicycles were a popular affordable vehicle.

Another take of traffic in Saigon in 1997. Ten years later the government made it for all motorcycle drivers and passengers to wear a helmet on all roads.

Another take of traffic in Saigon in 1997, a decade before the government made crash helmets obligatory for all motorbike drivers.

Nunas then traveled to the countryside in the Mekong Delta, and My Tho City in Tien Giang Province was one of his stops.

Nunas then traveled to the countryside in the Mekong Delta, and My Tho City in Tien Giang Province was one of his stops.

A country boy and his bicycle.

A country boy and his bicycle.

Inside the Imperial City in Hue. Vietnams last royal dynasty chosen Hue to be the countrys political, cultural and religious center for 143 years before the final emperor Bao Dai stepped down in 1945.

Inside the Imperial City in Hue. The central Vietnamese town was the seat of the country's last royal dynasty for 143 years, until Emperor Bao Dai stepped down in 1945.

A quiet day at Hanois Sword Lake two decades ago.

A quiet day at Hanoi’s Sword Lake two decades ago.

A student stood inside of the Temple of Literature, before its got crowded. The countrys first national university built in 1070 has become a holy place for students to come and pray for luck in school and exams.

A student at the Temple of Literature, before it’s got crowded with visitors. The country’s first national university was built in 1070 and has become a holy place for students to come and pray before important exams.

Ha Long Bay in the simpler time, when hotels and big cruises had not yet arrived.

Ha Long Bay, when hotels and big cruisers had not yet arrived.

 
 
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