Bac Ha

Vietnam Travel Route: Sapa – Lao Cai – Bac Ha

“We who have seen war will never stop seeing it.  In the silence of the night, we will always hear the screams.  So this is our story, for we were soldiers once, and young” – Joseph L. Galloway

“Combat is fast, unfair, cruel, and dirty.  It is meant to be that way so that the terrible experience is branded into the memory of those who are fortunate enough to survive.  It is up to those survivors to ensure that the experience is recorded and passed along to those who just might want to try it.” – Bruce H. Norton

“I love the smell of napalm in the morning.  It smells like victory.” – Francis Ford Coppola

Motorcycling in Vietnam

A bulk of my Vietnam trip was on a motorcycle.  Sitting on the backseat, listening to music, and paying attention to the mesmerizing scenery.  It was the first time I traveled on a motorbike; it’s an exciting way to experience freedom.  The rural areas of the north are mountainous with many rice terraces and paddies.  The curved lines of the terraces make the scenery look like a topographic map. It’s not the only location in the world with this kind of scenery.  But the local people are unique.  The ethnic hill tribes live far away from the modern world, much as they have always lived.  On  Saturdays, the Bac Ha market is the place to be.  All the nearby hill tribes bring handicrafts and freshly picked produce to sell in a whirl of color and tribal custom.  I took many photos; at one point, I stopped looking for composition, and the photos taking became a feast of colors.