The people of Vietnam are BEYOND THIS WORLD

17 Oct 2018 in People

A small temple somewhere near Ninh Binh, Vietnam

This woman was selling some incense sticks, small plastic emblems of Buddha and beads tiny plastic chair near the lake, at a place where I did not see any other customers or visitors than me. My stomach was upset that day due to some unknown reasons, so I asked her if there was any toilet around, gladly she understood. She lead me to a toilet with about 200 spiders but I appreciated her confidence in me not being scared of them. Afterwards I went on walking around the lake to inhale the nature, but moment later she followed me with the jacket in her hand. As at that time I was not wearing any proper shoes and only shorts, so she wanted to offer me her spare jacket. She must have assumed I didn’t have enough clothes, as normally the Vietnamese were wearing a jackets with hood, long pants, socks, gloves. After we finished preparing our depart, she even called her husband, both of them wave me goodbye. This was one of the best, most genuine, heartwarming, interesting and memorable human encounters I have ever had. This extraordinarily warm and caring woman made me feel at home on the other side of the world and despite not understanding a single word from one another she treated me like I was part of them. She made me feel understood on a basic level beyond language barriers and cultural differences. She created a brief moment of true connection and meaning for me that I will never forget. I felt so sad later for not buying anything from her.


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  • Alvina Dreyfus
    Alvina Dreyfus
    31 Oct 2018 Reply

    Superb story! When I was in Vietnam, I was most impressed by my boat trip through the Mekong Delta. The landscape here is just beautiful. The many rice fields glow in lush green, the chili plantations dab a blob of red and the small huts on the banks enrich the whole ensemble with all sorts of colors.

    Toàn Đức
    Toàn Đức
    16 Dec 2018 Reply

    Thank you for comment, as a Vietnamese citizen, i really appreciate that

  • Ardashir Desai
    Ardashir Desai
    31 Oct 2018 Reply

    Vietnam is a very impressive, interesting and diverse destination. It’s really hard to highlight one place in particular, but the way you have interpreted your 'human' encounter with this lady, conveys everything.

  • Ravindran Samson
    Ravindran Samson
    31 Oct 2018 Reply

    This was awesome Kanjoo bhai. I heard lot of great things about Vietnam ??. My parents visited last year. They are also saying that people are very friendly and helping nature. You please visit Cambodia as well.

  • Phuong Tran
    Phuong Tran
    30 Oct 2018 Reply

    Vietnamese woman loving heart

  • Rishv Jha
    Rishv Jha
    30 Oct 2018 Reply

    This is straight from the heart! Kanjoo bhai wears his heart on his sleeves; how beautifully he has honoured his own goodness but seeing it in others. I love reading his travelogues - they are honest to the tee from a human being’s perspective.

  • Hasnain Nangyal
    Hasnain Nangyal
    30 Oct 2018 Reply

    Inspiring story

  • Shailender Mann
    Shailender Mann
    30 Oct 2018 Reply

    Beautiful little story. Such small gestures are worth remembering through lifetime.

  • Rahat Gandapur
    Rahat Gandapur
    30 Oct 2018 Reply

    Ahmed sir have much experience about travelling ,he himself is a passionate traveller and dreamer,most imp thing he is very friendly person , i wish i could gain more traveller experience ,thanks

  • Eri Ryato
    Eri Ryato
    30 Oct 2018 Reply

    what a nice moment, that is really unforgetable moment. i hope i can again to vietnam

  • Rana Wayne
    Rana Wayne
    30 Oct 2018 Reply

    Wow such a beautiful another story It’s obviously down to taste. For me its the people, the fantastic scenery, amazing beaches, The Mekong delta and wonderful towns and cities like , and my favourite . I love food from all over the world but I cannot find anything here to really get me excited. People rave about wonderful food then say Pho? If the best thing you have is noodle soup, it says a lot really. I hate the way they butcher meat, with loads of bone in almost every dish. But this is of course completely subjective. You would have to travel a long way to find better scenery than here in Vietnam. , , , The Mekong Delta and the astonishing Ninh Binh are all amazing. The people are amazing and to see young beautiful Vietnamese women strolling round the city centre wearing the traditional dress the Ao Dai and the famous Non La conical hats is a real treat. On top of all this, Vietnam is one of the least expensive countries in the world in which to live. Room Rental, Beer and food are all reasonably cheap. I have been in Asia now for a few years and Vietnam is awesome, I cannot see me leaving. Vietnam is awesome with simply beautiful people.

  • Maaz Ismail
    Maaz Ismail
    30 Oct 2018 Reply

    Some experiences which one can only achieve through travelling. Vietnam definitely looks interesting after reading all your stories. Keep them coming brother.

  • 30 Oct 2018 Reply

    A very good read coming from an experienced traveler whose love for vietnam has taken him to the wonderful country many times . I also wish to visit vietnam again soon. Thanks for a wonderful post

  • 30 Oct 2018 Reply

    Nice blog! No doubt, people from Vietnam are the most friendliest and hospitable. Well said, they are beyond this world!

  • Umer Salahuddin
    Umer Salahuddin
    30 Oct 2018 Reply

    Nice blog sir .. keep it up for more blogs .

  • Ryyaz Shayke
    Ryyaz Shayke
    30 Oct 2018 Reply

    Wonderful blog sir, got inspired by reading

  • Aaryan Hawk
    Aaryan Hawk
    30 Oct 2018 Reply

    Globe Trekker. Amazing. Good Humans get Good Humans. Karma??

  • Aaryan Hawk
    Aaryan Hawk
    30 Oct 2018 Reply

    Globe Trekker. Amazing. Good Humans get Good Humans. Karma??

  • Aaryan Hawk
    Aaryan Hawk
    30 Oct 2018 Reply

    Globe Trekker. Amazing. Good Humans get Good Humans. Karma??

  • Thu Nguyen
    Thu Nguyen
    30 Oct 2018 Reply

    Wonderful. So happy for you.