A Vietnamese Smile for Travel Back Saturday

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 in Destinations, Travel Back Saturday, Travel Photogrphy, Vietnam | 14 comments

In 2007, long before I started penning this blog, I spent a winter traveling through South East Asia with a Canadian friend. She figured that this might be her only opportunity to experience this part of the world, and was eager to see as much as possible. We spent about 10 days in Vietnam, between Hanoi and Ho Chi Min City. We did manage to take some day trips into rural Vietnam, and it was on one trip that I was fortunate to snap this beautiful photo. This lovely lady had such an awesome smile and she seemed to be as happy as the smile she wore. This is a favorite photo, and one that inspires me to never stop traveling.

If you like, you can have a peek at previous Travel Back Saturday posts. 🙂

This week’s travel inspiration…

 “There is always a smile somewhere waiting to be discovered.” (me) 


Vietnamese Lady, Vietnam

Vietnamese Lady, Vietnam


I hope you enjoyed week three of Travel Back Saturday. If you have a photo that you’d like to dust off and have featured on Travel Back Saturday, please shoot me an email at nanciemckinnon at Gmail dot Com. I’d be happy to feature your shot along with a brief description and a link back to your site.

Linking up this week to Reflections Enroute. 


Weekend Travel Inspiration

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  1. I just love this Nancie, it encapsulates Vietnam! I was always amazed, awed and humbled when I lived in Vietnam by how joyous the Vietnamese people were after the horrors they’d suffered.

    • Hi Phoebe. I never knew you lived in Vietnam. I, too, was amazed at how much happiness I witnessed among the Vietnamese. It was truly inspiring.

  2. Nancie, That is one great smile. I did a similar trip a few years ago at Christmastime and loved seeing the skinny Vietnamese men riding around in their Santa Suits on motorbikes! Thanks again for linking up with #WkendTravelInspiration!

    • Hi Corrine. My pleasure! Santas on motorbikes…that would be funny!

  3. That’s a beautiful picture! That just reminds us that everywhere in world people can be happy with whatever they have, even though for us traveller it might be werid at the beginning^^ It just broadens your horizan so much! 🙂 Love your quote!

    • Hi Sandra. Yes, I am always amazed at how little humans really need to be happy. It’s all about choice, isn’t it?

  4. I LOVE this photo and your quote!

    • Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Kara!

  5. I’ve seen many beautiful smiles in Vietnam. Such a welcoming happy place.

    • Hi Jan! They do so love to smile. 🙂

  6. Visits to places are so often defined by our encounters with memorable people. So great that you captured her smile in a photo, too!

  7. That beautiful smile seems to be truly coming from her heart – lovely!

  8. Nice post. You can see the happiness in that smile. Such a beautiful sensation!

  9. So inspiring! I haven’t been to Vietnam yet but throughout South East Asia I’ve witnessed the same level of pure joy.

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