PHOTO ESSAY: Vietnam — Captivating, Lively, Fragile, Intense and Laid Back

Posted on May 13, 2012 by


In February this year I had the privilege of travelling to the coastal nation of Vietnam in South East Asia. The experience proved to be exciting, challenging and culturally eye-opening. During this time I visited Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), Dalat in the central highlands, Hoi An, Hue and Ninh Binh as well as the vibrant and enticing capital Hanoi.

Some of the highlights included touring the famous Chu Chi Tunnels which were used extensively by the Viet Cong during the war, riding a motorbike through the countryside and living like the locals during an overnight home-stay. In visiting this beautiful and diverse country it was plain to see that the devastating effects of the Vietnam War, which ended roughly 40 years ago, are still being felt.

Overall, I found Vietnam to be visually captivating, lively, fragile, intense and laid back all at the same time. A highly recommended travel destination for those who are interested in war history, are up for adventure, or just want to relax, take in the sights and marvel at the countries sheer natural beauty.


Lisa Tuck is a third year Bachelor of Arts (Humanities and Social Sciences) student who is concerned about international relations as well as local political issues.  She is currently a member of the student-run People’s Action Club (PAC) at La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga campus, is a founding member of the Albury-Wodonga chapter of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC), and is a regular contributor to Our Voice: Albury Wodonga.  Lisa is passionate about climate change politics and holds a particular interest in policy matters in the field of education.

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