There’s something incredible about traveling internationally. Pushing yourself to the edge of the map, outside of your comfort zone, where the cultures and language are foreign and exotic is a humbling experience. There’s so much to see. My wife and I took a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia for our honeymoon. Years have passed, but looking back at these images brings me right back to these amazing memories. It was such an amazing experience that we’re planning a second trip! There are still so many things to see.
Vietnam and Cambodia both are rich in culture and history. The languages are so different than ours, but the people there are so humble and giving. Even though we didn’t speak their language, their warm smiles and genuine laughter made us feel welcomed. Seeing how different it is to live in these countries made us think about how much we take things for granted.
Our trip began in Hanoi with a walking tour of this spectacular 2000-year-old city. The Old Quarter retained the beauty and ambiance of eras past. Hoan Kiem Lake, in the center of the Old Quarter, has a walking path all around it. People traveled by motorbike everywhere! They swarmed through the streets, crowding the lanes. Do you think that we have traffic in New York? You should see Hanoi!
We took a cruise through Ha Long Bay, staying on a junk boat. Ha Long, literally translated means “descending dragon.” The bay is truly magical, with thousands of sculpted limestone islands rising out of the turquoise water. We even got to take a tour through one of the caves. It’s difficult to describe the majesty of the bay. Exotic isn’t the right word. It’s simply indescribable.
The food was amazing. The preparation and care that went into everything we ate were superb. There were some remarkable garnishes that we saw! The aromatic herbs and spices that went into the food were both interesting and flavorful. My wife and I took a cooking class while we were in Ho Chi Mihn City and it was a great way to experience the culture of this fascinating country.
Ho Chi Mihn City was a beautiful blend of Eastern and Western cultures. There were skyscrapers that rival what we have in New York in sharp contrast to the older buildings in classical styles. After a day in the city, we took a cruise through the Mekong Delta to see the floating markets and the southern countryside of Vietnam.
After a week and a half of enjoying Vietnam, we flew into Siem Reap to start our Cambodian adventures. We began with a hot air balloon ride over Angkor Wat, offering us a spectacular view of the temples and landscape. The full magnificence of the Khmer empire was laid before us. We also enjoyed some traditional Cambodian dancing. Over the next few days, we toured many different temples and monuments. The archaeological wonders of stone and symmetry are glorious to behold. In Angkor Wat, the trees have started to reclaim these temples, so it looks like something right out of a novel!
I’m thrilled to share some of these images with you. The trip seems like yesterday even though it was over five years ago now. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.