What Tintin missed in Vietnam.

From north to south, a plethora of souvenirs will attempt to convince you that Tintin came to Vietnam; this is an untruth. Had he in fact visited, he would have been greeted by entropy at its best, well dressed in a riot of colors, with captivating levels of entertainment. Harnessing the power of local brews and delicious foods, we attempted a peak at Vietnam through a multitude of lens; war, ecology, tourist, street, and high end local. Here’s a glimpse of what we saw.       

The colonial architecture left behind from the French, Indo-China era is one of the positive legacies to Vietnam's turbulent history © Nisha D'Souza

The colonial architecture left behind from the French, Indo-China era is one of the positive legacies to Vietnam’s turbulent history (Hanoi) © Nisha D’Souza

The innate Vietnamese ability to over-stack all two-wheeler with the oddest of items ranging from hats to pigs, is flabbergasting (Hanoi)© Nisha D'Souza

The innate Vietnamese ability to over-stack all two-wheeler with the oddest of items ranging from hats to pigs, is gawk-worthy (Hanoi) © Nisha D’Souza

Beneath the calm waters of Halong Bay sleeps a dormant dragon © Nisha D'Souza

Beneath the calm waters of Halong Bay sleeps a dormant dragon © Nisha D’Souza

A young girl peddles candles by the riverside in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An © Isheeta Sumra

A young girl peddles candles by the riverside in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An © Isheeta Sumra

The bustling street-side food vendors of Hoi An are never short of business; Vietnamese coffee can empower one with Flash-like abilities and Pho will give you the courage of an ox (if it's beef) or the gentleness of a women (if it's chicken). © Nisha D'Souza

The bustling street-side food vendors of Hoi An are never short of business; Vietnamese coffee can empower one with Flash-like abilities and Pho will give you the courage of an ox (if it’s beef) or the gentleness of a women (if it’s chicken). © Nisha D’Souza

Street-side jazz over a drink; THIS IS THE LIFE. (Hoi An) © Nisha D'Souza

Street-side jazz over a drink; THIS IS THE LIFE. (Hoi An) © Nisha D’Souza

The Thu Bon river and its tributaries, cutting through Hoi An, were an ancient transport network for the Cham Kingdom. © Tara Shahani

The Thu Bon river and its tributaries, cutting through Hoi An, were an ancient transport network for the Cham Kingdom © Tara Shahani

Across the Japanese bridge in the Ancient Town of Hoi An await artistic treasures to be discovered (Vietnam) © Nisha D'Souza

Across the Japanese bridge in the Ancient Town of Hoi An await artistic treasures to be discovered © Nisha D’Souza

In the many back lanes of the Ancient Town of Hoi An, a quiet domestic life prevails (Vietnam) © Nisha D'Souza and Isheet Sumra

In the many back lanes of the Ancient Town of Hoi An, a quiet, domestic life prevails © Nisha D’Souza and Isheeta Sumra

The funky new-age decor of shops in Hoi An stand in stark contrast to the colonial architecture of the town, Vietnam © Nisha D'Souza

Funky new-age decor of boutique shops in Hoi An contrast with the colonial architecture of the town © Nisha D’Souza

Bicycles are by far the best way to roll around Hoi An, Vietnam

Bicycles are by far the best way to roll around Hoi An, Vietnam

The hauntingly beautiful tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh amongst the hills of the former imperial capital city of Hue © Nisha D'Souza

The hauntingly beautiful tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh amongst the hills of the former imperial capital city of Hue © Nisha D’Souza

The former imperial capital of Hue came under heavy bombardment by the Americans during the Vietnam war; abandoned ruins stand as a reminder of the time © Nisha D'Souza

The former imperial capital of Hue came under heavy bombardment by the Americans during the Vietnam war; abandoned ruins stand as a reminder of the time © Nisha D’Souza

Lazy afternoons on the Mekong river © Nisha D'Souza

Lazy afternoons on the Mekong river © Nisha D’Souza

Adventures under the shade of a conical hat, Mekong river, Vietnam © Nisha D'Souza

Adventures on the Mekong, under the shade of a conical hat © Nisha D’Souza

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