Hiking Vietnam

Vietnam has some wildly beautiful nature, from the yellow terraces in harvesting season of the North stretching to central highland or the fascinating bustles of the Mekong Delta in the South. We did some jungle trekking and mountain hiking, which was brutally exhausting since there was not a path. The view was rewarding then however.

Vietnamese Woman at the Beach

From Wikipedia: Since the 1980s, some women from Vietnam have become victims of kidnapping, the bride-buying trade, and human trafficking and prostitution in China.,Taiwan, South Korea, and in the cases of human trafficking, prostitution and sexual slavery, Cambodia. The present-day struggle of the Vietnamese female victims of “bride-brokers” can be summarized by the larger-than-life poem …

Vietnamese Buddha

Buddhism in Vietnam as practiced by the ethnic Vietnamese is mainly of the Mahāyāna tradition. Buddhism may have first come to Vietnam as early as the 3rd or 2nd century BC from South Asia, or from China in the 1st or 2nd century AD. Vietnamese Buddhism has had a symbiotic relationship with Taoism, Chinese spirituality, …

The Water Buffalo

This water buffalo photo shows an asian water buffalo, found in Vietnam. I heard they produce some great water buffalo milk, water buffalo yogurt and even water buffalo mozzarella!

Uncle Ho

Ho Chi Minh died on the morning of 2 September 1969, at his home in Hanoi at age 79 from heart failure. In Vietnam today, he is regarded by the Communist government with god-like status in a nationwide personality cult, even though the government has abandoned most of his economic policies since the mid-1980s. He is still …

Lotus Flower Meaning

Purple Lotus flowers to be found in Vietnam. It grows in the deep mud, far away from the sun. But, sooner or later, the Lotus reaches the light becoming the most beautiful flower. The meanings of Lotus flowers are different across the cultures of the world. The Lotus can be associated with the soul of the humans or …

Rice Flowers

Beautiful flower pics: purple flowers of the rice to be found in Vietnam. I don’t know what they are called but I watched a guy picking them from a rice field hence I call them rice flowers.

Cao Dai Vietnam

Cao Đài (道高台) is a syncretistic, monotheistic religion, officially established Vietnam, in 1926. Roughly 3 millions are following. Cao Dai says there are 36 levels of heaven and 72 planets harboring intelligent life, with number one being the closest to heaven and 72 nearest to Hell. Earth is number 68. It is said that even the lowest citizen on planet …