Experience Vietnam Through The Lens Of Instagrammer Jewels Lynch

21 July 2015

Popular Australian Instagrammer Jewels Lynch (@jewelszee) recently travelled to Vietnam for the first time with Wendy Wu Tours on a 12-day Vietnam at a Glance group tour. Here are her impressions of the country and the amazing images she captured during her trip through UNESCO World Heritage towns, cities full of French colonial history and architecture, and stunning natural landscapes in Vietnam.

 Colour and chaos in Ho Chi Minh City.

 

Was this your first time in Vietnam, and if so, what were your expectations?

My trip with Wendy Wu Tours and Flight Centre was the first time I had visited Vietnam. As an Instagrammer, I was expecting to capture the essence of the people rather than the landscape. I was expecting delicious food, chaos, confronting poverty, simplicity, complexity, joy.

 China Beach in Danang.

 

What surprised you about Vietnam?

Actually, it was the coastline and the mountains - I was not expecting it to be so beautiful!

 Jewels at the Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City.

 

What were some of the places you visited in Vietnam?

Our Wendy Wu Tour itinerary covered Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Halong Bay, China Beach, and a few little stops in between.

 Jewel's favourite photo of a woman in Hoi An.

 

What was your favourite photo of your travels in Vietnam?

That's a difficult question! I have a few! One that stands out, I guess, is a portrait of a beautiful elderly lady in Hoi An, who was with me when I let floating lanterns go in the river - making wishes for my daughters with a beautiful stranger.

 The mesemerising emerald green waters of Halong Bay.

 

What were your highlights of the trip?

I fell in love with Hoi An and Halong Bay. Both have left me with unforgettable memories and beautiful photos.


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 Peaceful farm outside Hoi An.

 

Any places you wished you had lingered longer in?

I would have loved to have more time to continue my journeys into Laos and Cambodia as the Wendy Wu Tours [Laos extension tour] itinerary also looks amazing for those countries.

 A lantern festival in Hoi An.

 

What was your most memorable meal?

I really enjoyed the food in Vietnam, but probably the most memorable was tasting lots of different street food one night in Hoi An.

 Falling in love along the Perfume River in Hue.

 

What were some of the standout activities you did?

I'd have to say the overnight cruise around Halong Bay was definitely the standout of the trip for me.

 Captured moments on tour in Hue.

 

What do you look for when capturing travel images?

Every destination is different and I like to travel to new places with no expectations and not too much knowledge, so that I constantly learning while I'm there and surprised and excited by what I discover. Vietnam was definitely about trying to capture the essence of the culture, history, and the people.

 Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh.

 

Any photography tips you can share with us?

If you are doing a tour of Vietnam, travel light when it comes to camera gear! It's hot, and often chaotic and busy. Snap lots and snap fast - there's so much to see, you don't want to miss a thing. Get amongst it!
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Cassandra Laffey

Consumed with unrequited wanderlust, I get my fix in 24/7 cities and hippie retreats. I'm still looking for the ultimate combo of secluded beach and major metropolis, and my happy place is a 5-star hotel room all to myself - sigh.