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A photographic trip through Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

Originally posted on Get beneath the surface - The InsideVietnam Blog:

Michael Cross travelled with InsideVietnam Tours earlier this year on his own Indochina Encompassed trip through Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Combining some of the cultural sights with a bit of hiking and adventure on two wheels, Michael has kept a fantastically detailed travel blog from his trip which he has kindly shared. Here are a few images that give a good taster of his trip. Enjoy!

Siem Reap Navitu Hotel

First stop Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Wat

The famous temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Alms for the monks

Luang Prabang, Laos – Waking up early to see the monks dawn alm offerings

Kuangsi Falls

Spectacular Kuangsi Falls, Laos

Luang Prabang night market

Tasty food at Luang Prabang night market, Laos

Luang Prabang temple

A beautiful temple in downtown Luang Prabang, Laos

Cucphong national park

Trekking through the jungle in Cuc Phong National Park, Vietnam

Sampan Ride

Sampan Ride through the Van Long Nature reserve, Vietnam

Sapa lake, Vietnam

Mist on the lake,  Sapa, Vietnam

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Paradise Cave in Phong Nha National Park, Vietnam

Dragon Boat on the Perfume River Dragon Boats on the perfume river…

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Saigon travel guide 2014. District 1 Backpacker area after dark

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Join me for a ride around the backpacker area in central Saigon. Ho Ch Minh city Vietnam 2014. Saigon travel tour guide.

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Vietnam’s animal cafes

Originally posted on Get beneath the surface - The InsideVietnam Blog:

Last year was the ‘Year of Friendship’ between Japan and Vietnam and it seems that there are some influences from Nippon, cropping up in Vietnam.

Japanese Cat Cafe

Japanese Cat Cafe

Vietnam’s greatest export is coffee, which it takes very seriously. There are plenty of cafes to sup your coffee at, but there have been some changes of late. One of these recent influences from Japan is the pet café. You have probably heard of the cat cafes / bird cafes / reptile cafes etc, where people who do not have the chance to own their own beast of choice, have the opportunity to pet one temporarily whilst sipping their green tea and chomping on cheese cake.

Not to be out done in Vietnam, there is a whole assortment of altertnative cafes opening up in Saigon these days. In fact, they are popping up all over the place.

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Have you ever fallen in love with a city?

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I do believe that if you wanna get to know a city, you gotta be right in there rushing with the life pace of its own then at the end of the day sit down at a corner to watch how the city moves in the morning, at noon, in the late afternoon, at midnight.

If you say you fall in love for a city, I would ask you how that city wakes up, how that city races with people’s different life and stories, how that city lazily shines the last light ray of the day or how that city slowly falls asleep.

I would insistedly ask you- like a real selfish kid- to tell me how you feel that city by all of your senses. I would ask you to tell me the scent of the city that you will suddenly miss when in another faraway land, the sound that makes it different from any other city, the taste…

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Daylight fades


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Late afternoon and early evening – when it’s not raining – is such a good time to take photographs in Hanoi at the moment. Walking around with the camera as the daylight fades is a hot and sweaty experience at this time of year, but a very rewarding one, as I think that the warm light from the low sun brings out the best in the city.


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Sons of God – third generation graffiti in Vietnam

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One assignment for this month’s issue of Oi Vietnam that I was happy to do was on a young graffiti crew called Sons of God. For details, be sure to check out the article in the June issue either by viewing it online or by downloading the PDF version.


They were great guys and I had a nice lunch with them (their treat) after the shoot. Meeting people like these guys is one of the best things about the job – they’re nothing like the stereotype most people would have of a graffiti crew, and it’s interesting the different dynamic street art has here due to the difference in how it has developed and some of the existing cultural factors.

All in their last year of high school, graffiti has given Sons of God an outlet to express themselves and being part of the crew has given them a…

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Food Trip: German Corner

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I have been itching to write this post for a couple of weeks now after being assigned to interview Mike Thoma of German Corner for The Breakfast Club article in Oi Magazine’s June issue.
 photo IMG_1912_zpsb4079b34.jpgAm really not familiar with German cuisine so I was truly looking forward to this interview.

 photo IMG_1913_zps35b6493a.jpgThe 6 month old German Corner is found in front of Huong Vuong 1 along Nguyen Van Linh St. in Phu My Hung.

 photo IMG_1911_zpsca7ee7d8.jpgI was late for my interview but Mike was still all smiles when he met up with me (thank God!). Mike is originally from Moenchengladbach, Germany. Saigon has been his home for the past 12 years. After a failed relationship, he decided to travel to Asia and take time off work as well, as a moat builder. He literally fell in love with and in Vietnam. He and his seamstress wife, Thuy Thien run the German Corner.

 photo IMG_1910_zpsc895795f.jpgWhile apartment hunting…

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