During the same trip to South East Asia when we went to visit Joe’s Sponsor Child in Ha Giang, Vietnam with Plan Canada. We also saw so many other places while we were there. This was not our first stay to South East Asia before- for myself I visited the first time when I was 21 . So a lot has changed, but a lot has stayed the same too. There were some places I still wanted to visit of course that I didn’t have time.. Bangkok, Thailand was first and we went to the flower market on a water taxi. It’s a very beautiful spot as there was a lot of action happening, with a lot of people there. After that we did a stopover at the floating market just outside of Bangkok, which reminds me of Venice, everyone uses boats to get around.  People’s homes and the markets are all elevated above the water, and it’s super lush and breathtaking there.  You see all kinds of bizarre things for sale on the boats in true Thailand fashion- like fried chicken! How is that possible and safe to have a deep fryer on the tiniest boat ever?!  haha! Locals must use them for transportation as I saw a man riding alone in his boat with just a giant beach umbrella in there and that was it! 🙂

 

Hanoi, Vietnam was our 2nd stop, which I had never been to that part of Vietnam before and it’s a super interesting city, perfect spot for street photography, as there was so many motorcycles everywhere -which is common for Vietnam. You see a lot of unusual things.  One of the weirdest things I saw was a flower bouquet sitting on top of a motorcycle with other bikes going by, and it didn’t get disturbed! Vendors balancing food on their backs with the Vietnam hats was one of my favourites things to see.  Also super impressive as the loads are super heavy!  It was super funny every time we sat down to eat we were sitting in these little tiny kid stools to eat fancy delicious Pho. There is a lot of gorgeous temples as well, at this park is in the middle of town. It looks like a Chinese temple with bright red walls with gold flecks, and the gates are very old and massive, with ornate detailing on top.

 

Ha Giang, Vietnam was our 3rd stop-close to where the sponsor child was located. Another very unique town, but very beautiful as there was mountains surrounding you everywhere in town, a turquoise river running through town, and trees with red flowers.  There was this weird ‘theme park’, and there was this bizarre honey comb buildings that people can rent out for sleeping. With two tiny beds and a washroom!  There was also a white bicycle laid down in the grass. There was an old bridge support with a cutout. There was even a fake Eiffel Tower there too! There was a ton of very fascinating temples as well, a lot of them run down which is my dream come true to shoot!

 

Immediately after Northern Vietnam we flew to Pai, Thailand-also in the north, for a few days and saw a very cool red canyon. Which reminds me of the Grand Canyon called Land-Split as that’s how it resembles. A tight rope it’s that tiny in some areas and missing land in others. It was surrounded by green trees and mountains which made the red canyons pop!

 

Our 4th and final spot was Chaing Mai, Thailand to visit an Elephant Sanctuary as we had never been there either! This place was legit, cruelty free which was well needed there!  No riding of the elephants or no steal rods poking them to force them to do what you want!  They were genuinely happy which warmed our hearts, and it will always have a special place in our memory for years to come! 🐘❤️It’s great seeing the babies and adults interact with each other like they would in nature. We fed them bananas, and walked down with them for a bath in a pond which was perfect for everyone as we were all hot! Then after the pond dip the elephants went into the mud bath. All the elephants have such unique personalities. The babies for example are so shy and just want to hide under their mom. We also saw incredibly fascinating temples as well called the Silver Temple- definitely one of my new favourites for sure! There was teal mosaic floor tiles with silver detailing that was so ornate it was insane how much detail went into all the different buddhas and elephants and the walls of the temple, every wall was diverse. It had some gold detailing on some areas. We also went to a breathtaking park with an elephant statue with the reflection of the trees on calm waters. 🙂

a travel photo of an elephant statue on still water in chaing mai thailand

a travel photo of an interesting alley with treesat in bangkok thailand

a travel photo of flowers on a motorcycle in hanoi vietnam

a travel photo of flowers on a motorcycle in hanoi vietnam

a travel photo of a man in a cart in bangkok thailand

a travel photo of a sign and motorcycles in the flower market in bangkok thailand

a travel photo of a man looking at the flower market in bangkok thailand

a travel photo of a woman sorting at the flower market in bangkok thailand

a travel photo of the flower market in bangkok thailand

a travel photo of a woman at the flower market in bangkok thailand

a travel photo of a man on a bus in bangkok thailand

a travel photo of a tree root taking over in bangkok thailand

a travel photo of a basketball net in bangkok thailand

a travel photo of a man with umbrella in the floating market in bangkok thailand

a travel photo of hanging plants in the floating market in bangkok thailand

a travel photo of a woman in a hat in the floating market in bangkok thailand

a travel photo of a food vendor in the floating market in bangkok thailand

a travel photo of the face of concentration in the floating market in bangkok thailand

a travel photo of a fried chicken vendor in the floating market in bangkok thailand

a travel photo in the floating market in bangkok thailand

a travel photo of a gold buddha in bangkok thailand

a travel photo of an orange candle in bangkok thailand

a travel photo of a woman vendor in hanoi vietnam

a travel photo of a woman balancing in hanoi vietnam

a travel photo of people eating in hanoi vietnam

a travel photo of a woman wearing mask in hanoi vietnam

a travel photo of a statue in hanoi vietnam

a travel photo of people talking in front of a temple in hanoi vietnam

a travel photo of a temple gates in hanoi vietnam

a travel photo of a woman walking in hanoi vietnam

a travel photo of a taxi driver in hanoi vietnam

a travel photo of a woman in a hat in front of a concrete block in hanoi vietnam

a travel photo of ha giang vietnam

a travel photo of an interesting honeycomb building in ha giang vietnam

a travel photo of an interesting honeycomb building in ha giang vietnam

a travel photo of temple door decoration in ha giang vietnam

a travel photo of a woman on bicycle in ha giang vietnam

a travel photo of an interesting tree and homes in ha giang vietnam

a travel photo of an interesting tree and homes in ha giang vietnam

a travel photo of a rooftop patio at dusk in ha giang vietnam

a travel photo of kids watching in ha giang vietnam

a travel photo of a construction site in ha giang vietnam

a travel photo of food vendors in bangkok thailand

a travel photo of an interesting temple with dragons in chaing mai thailand

a travel photo of the silver temple in chaing mai thailand

a travel photo of the silver temple in chaing mai thailand

a travel photo of the silver temple floor in chaing mai thailand

a travel photo of the silver temple in chaing mai thailand

a travel photo of the silver temple beside trees in chaing mai thailand

a travel photo of the silver temple roof in chaing mai thailand

a travel photo of the silver temple with people praying in chaing mai thailand

a travel photo of a zombie statue inside a temple in chaing mai thailand

a travel photo of a temple with chickens in chaing mai thailand
a travel photo of the silver temple with bamboo sticks in the grass in chaing mai thailand

a travel photo of a temple with orange flags in chaing mai thailand

a photo of travel photography at a elephant sanctuary shy baby in chaing mai thailand

a photo of travel photography of an ear hole at a elephant sanctuary chaing mai thailand

a photo of travel photography of of an elephant saying hello at an elephant sanctuary chaing mai thailand

a photo of travel photography of a baby elephant hiding under mom at a elephant sanctuary chaing mai thailand

a photo of travel photography of happy elephants at a sanctuary chaing mai thailand

a photo of travel photography of an elephant showing his tusks at a sanctuary chaing mai thailand
a photo of travel photography of a baby elephant butt at a elephant sanctuary chaing mai thailand

a photo of travel photography of a happy baby elephant at a elephant sanctuary chaing mai thailand

a travel photo of a shrine in chaing mai thailand

a travel photo of a waterfall in pai thailand

a travel photo of a rice farm in chaing mai thailand

a travel photo of a red canyon in pai thailand

a travel photo of a red canyon in pai thailand

a travel photo of a bicycle with orange flowers in bangkok thailand

a travel photo of a fort in chaing mai thailand

a travel photo of a rainbow covered flag tree in chaing mai thailand

a travel photo of a red canyon with people walking in pai thailand

a travel photo of a red canyon in pai thailand

a travel photo of a red canyon in pai thailand

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