Pictures that capture Vietnam’s stunning beauty

From Saigon to Mu Cang Chai, a remote, untouched place, these shots how awesome Vietnam really is from whatever angle you see it.

Saigon skyscrapers

A drone shot of shimmering skyscrapers in Ho Chi Minh City at night.

Pottery village

Tuong Binh Hiep, the oldest pottery village in the southern province of Binh Duong, has a history going back more than 150 years.

It specializes in different kinds of jars for agriculture, fisheries production and daily use, and most of these products are enameled in shades of brown and decorated with embossed dragons and phoenixes.

This unique pottery village helps not only preserve the traditional local craft but also develop the region’s economy.

Incense worker

A woman dries incense sticks in a courtyard in the southern province of Tay Ninh, around 100 km (62 miles) from Ho Chi Minh City.

It is estimated that over 70 percent of the Vietnamese population are either Buddhists or follow Buddhist practices. Vietnamese have an ancient tradition of burning joss sticks at their family altars and pagodas.


A family pulls out fishing nets in the middle of Tri An Lake in the southern province of Dong Nai, around 75 kilometers from Saigon.

Tri An is home to a wide range of fishes, and locals rely entirely on fishing and aquaculture in the lake for their livelihood.

Coral reef

The photo shows a blue starfish during low tide on Hon Yen Beach in the central province of Phu Yen.

Low tide is the time to see exquisite corals and other sea creatures. Unfortunately, pollution threatens the coast, making the underwater ecosystem highly vulnerable.

Sunflower farm

The photo captures a family’s happy moments in Vietnam’s biggest sunflower farm, one that stretches 60 hectares in Nghia Dan District in the central province of Nghe An.

These golden flowers are in season until March.

Cloudy sunrise

The green hills of the northern highlands province of Lai Chau are blanketed in thick mist and clouds.

From here travel through O Quy Ho, one of the four most daunting mountain passes in Vietnam, to reach Sa Pa town.

Dawn retreat

The first rays of sunshine illuminate the mountain slopes of Mu Cang Chai lined up with terraced rice fields and scattered ethnic minority villages along winding mountain roads.

Mu Cang Chai, where the H’Mong ethnic minority started carving rice terraces into the mountains centuries ago, was named one of the 19 most picturesque peaks on earth in 2017 by the U.S-based travel site Thrillist.

A far-flung retreat that has escaped the worst of urbanization and tourism, Mu Cang Chai is said to be at its most beautiful from late September to early October when the fields turn yellow during the harvest season.

Story and photos by Nguyen Ngoc Thien