Colours of Vietnam – Red

Vietnam is a visual feast of colours.

Even on the dreariest day in the middle of the wet season in Ho Chi Minh City, splashes of colour will leap out from the most unexpected places.

This post celebrates RED, the colour of the Vietnamese flag and a symbol of good fortune.

Here’s some photos of the red that’s jumped out at me over the past few months (and years). Not all the reds that have jumped out, though, because I don’t always have my camera with me. (And you can’t take photos when you’re riding a motorbike.)

The first photo essay in my Colours of Vietnam series …


Temple red. Red and white áo dài at our favourite temple. This beautiful girl was acting as a model for a camera club that was using the exotic location as a backdrop for a photo session ….



Red in a rush. A red raincoat on a red motorbike …



Red sauce. Chilli dipping sauce served with strips of grilled dried fish. Cooked on the back of a wandering vendor’s motorbike and served in styrofoam at our tiny sidewalk table …

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Red head-dress. On a wooden horse in our favourite temple …

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Red Vespa. Popping out of a crowded motorbike parking area.

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Red face. A super hero emerges at a charity bazaar …



Red pumpkin seeds. A Tet snack food (although my Vietnamese friends say to avoid the coloured seeds because the colouring agent is from China and therefore suspect …

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Traditional red. A Red Dao lady stops for a chat in the hills near Sapa in Vietnam’s mountainous north.

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Red all around. Water apples and red bikes. No one can tell me why the scales are always green in Vietnam …

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Tasty red. Snacks for Tet, the lunar new year.

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Red accessories. A couple on a wedding photo shoot outside Ho Chi Minh City’s Notre Dame Cathedral …

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By: Barbara

A career girl who dropped out, traveled, found love, and never got around to going home again. Currently on a year-long World School adventure with my two kids, seeing what this wonderful world can teach us.


  1. Michi says:

    GORGEOUS photos of Vietnam! Red was my absolute favorite color growing up, and I would beg my mom for red rugs and duvet covers at the age of 4. And I was always jealous of my older cousin who is half Vietnamese and would travel with her Dad to visit family in Vietnam. Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong country.

    • Barbara says:

      Red is fantastic, isn’t it? A red duvet cover would look amazing, I think. I don’t think anyone in Vietnam would have a red bedspread. Their bedroom colours are a bit odd to me. 🙂

  2. Carmel says:

    I love this post. I love color–sometimes I feel like the world I live in is a little too khaki. 🙂
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  3. jade says:

    I love this idea of capturing all the same colors in one post! I red detail on the wedding dress is so special to me. Great post!
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  4. so beautiful! love this colorful post!!
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  5. Beautiful photos! I love this new colorful series!
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