Colours of Vietnam – Yellow

Yellow for me is a happy colour and in Vietnam it signifies good luck.

At this time of year, just before Tet, Ho Chi Minh City is full of yellow and gold. The flower markets are full of dazzling yellow chrysanthemum and minature trees trees with an array of yellow fruit.

The mai blossoms are also out, creating spectacular clouds of yellow …



A yellow motorbike adds a splash of colour to an everyday scene — a motorbike parking area …

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A vivid yellow egg yolk glaze on a serve of chả trứng, a Vietnamese-style steamed quiche with vermicelli, pork and mushroom …

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A traditional yellow house, part of a family temple we discovered down a mysterious narrow alley in Ho Chi Minh City …



Yellow noodles pop out of an everyday market scene. These yellow noodles are used in one of my favourite dishes, Mì Quảng

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 Yellow corn, sold alongside duck embryo eggs by a wandering vendor …

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Darling Man revealed the sweet yellow flesh of a pineapple at the Cai Rang floating market in the Mekong Delta …

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A yellow motorbike brightens up a dark and rainy day during the wet season …

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Mellow yellow.  A monk takes a moment at a temple in southern Vietnam …

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Happy yellow. A smiling nun we met at a small grocery store …

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Crowded yellow. Colourful splashes as five people whizz through the Ho Chi Minh City traffic …



Market yellow. A vendor selling fruit and altar flowers at a local market.


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  1. Bethaney says:

    What great colourful pics Barbara. I love this idea for a series. Kind of like the “Capture the Colour” contest only better (and not a link grabbing scam). Love the smiling nun in yellow. My Aunt is a Catholic nun and loves everything yellow so I’m sure she’d approve!
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    • Barbara says:

      Bethaney, I had the idea for this colours series waaaayyyyy before the Capture the Colour contest. I was just about to post the first one when that contest was announced. So I’ve delayed posting until now. I didn’t want to look like a copycat!

  2. Angela says:

    I love all these color post that you do, they inspire me to open my eyes a bit more to what’s around me.

  3. budget jan says:

    I really enjoyed this yellow post. I have never seen a monk in bright yellow before – does it mean something? Yellow scooter in the rain is my favourite. I love both scooters and rain, but not usually together!
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    • Barbara says:

      Apparently monks wear different coloured robes to signify the different levels and the different philosophies they study. I think there are some regional differences as well. I think they wear beautiful red wine-coloured robes in Tibet! I need to do more research on this topic.

  4. Trung Le says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I love these photos that you take! I grew up in Ho Chi Minh city for 16 years (and I’m only 22), but I have not been back for Tet for 6 years now. I really like the colors of the festival and the atmosphere of preparing for good meals, visiting families and going to the flower markets during this holiday.

    Would it be okay if I borrow you images as a cover for a facebook event that I created? I really like them 🙂

    Thank you for sharing

    • Barbara says:

      Thanks for the complement Trung. I can’t stop you using images on Facebook but it would be nice if you gave me a mention. I hope you make it home for Tet one day soon. It’s a beautiful time of year in Vietnam.

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