Bird’s Eye View of a Vietnamese Streetscape

For Vietnamese standards, this Nha Trang street is a quiet one. For the uninitiated, however, it offers a great introduction to Vietnam’s infamous traffic — sans dodging a plethora of motorbikes at intersections or without going deaf thanks to a cacophony of honking horns.

From cycle rickshaw drivers and taxi drivers seeking out a fare,

To bicycles built for one…

Or two…

There are fathers and daughters,


and families of four out for an afternoon spin.

There are deliveries en route  – such as ‘Caviar of the East’ bird’s saliva nest delicacies in red boxes,

fresh produce,

door panels,

and unidentified cargo,

and sometimes one hand for holding and steering it.

Ankle-biting watch dogs abound.

There are friends at play.

And restaurateurs hard at work.

The common thread that weaves them all together is a canopy of criss-crossing power lines, and a quiet street in Vietnam.

Where in the World?

Photography & text © Tricia A. Mitchell. All rights reserved.

10 thoughts on “Bird’s Eye View of a Vietnamese Streetscape

  1. Wow Tricia these images are beautiful! Such great perspective from above. We leave for Thailand early Feb, then Vietnam some time after that. I can’t wait to sit down and peruse all of your recent posts and glorious images properly, of late it has been a quick flick at work, as we are busy selling, buying, planning, cleaning and packing. Hope all is well with you and Sean x

    1. Sarah, how exciting that you’re leaving for your adventures so very soon! I know that the weeks leading up to the departure are super busy, but once things settle down, touch base if you have any questions about Vietnam or any of the other places we’ve just tiptoed to.

      In the coming days, we’re planning on heading north from our current coastal spot in Vietnam, then going overland to Laos and probably swooping back through Thailand to fly out of BKK. We’re thinking of going to the Philippines and perhaps a few other places. So exciting!

      Great to hear from you, and talk soon…

  2. These shots are so fun! I also really like the black and whites. You shot them so well. Have you tried the ” ‘Caviar of the East’ bird’s saliva nest delicacies in red boxes”?

    1. It’s a departure from what I typically shoot, and the process was quite entertaining! I shot the pictures from the 10th floor breakfast room of our Nha Trang hotel… Nope, we have not yet tried the swiftlet’s salivary secretions (which are often worked into a soup) but we’ve heard locals that sing the culinary treat’s praises!

    1. Yes, the unfortunate pedestrians are the peons on the roadways here, Jessie… When crossing streets, you can start to feel as though you’re in a video game and the motorized vehicles will earn bonus points for hitting you. We’re amazed that the local canines have grown so adept at crossing these hectic roadways, too! Never a dull moment in Vietnam. :-) When were you last here?

  3. Great photos, especially the B&W ones. I could imagine just sitting there all day watching the world go by down below.

    1. Jane, it’s a rainy day in Vietnam today, so it might be one where I enjoy that very perch, reading a book, and watching the hustle and bustle below. :-) Thanks for your feedback! I was also happy to capture the first black & white image of the woman walking with the traditional shoulder pole and pendulum-like baskets. It’s amazing how much the petite ladies can carry here!

    1. BitofLight – glad the perspective inspired you; I look forward to seeing your work from a bird’s eye! In India, where we still are now, the approach would work quite well – there’s always such a super parade of activity going by – particularly while watching it from the back of a rickshaw… well, easier said than done with all those twists, turns and bumps. (In the rickshaw we entered the other night, the driver playfully stated, “This is an express rickshaw – a Ferrari!” And the ride exceeded our expectations. What a terrifying way back home!) Thanks for your nice compliment!

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