One of the best ways to know a place while traveling is to just walk on the streets of the place you’re visiting. Observing how the locals live, breathing in the pace of life, experiencing the colours and smells, the texture from a city’s walls to the taste of a delicious street snack that you never tasted before. And probably no country in the world has so much life sprouting from its streets than Vietnam. The streets of Vietnam are its signature as a lively and buzzing country.
If you are already in Southeast Asia it’ll be definitely worth going to CamboTicket and book a trip to, for instance, Ho Chi Minh – will be a ticket to a whole different world of sensations and experiences!
Thousands of street sellers everywhere, the crazy but always moving traffic, the smells of fresh food on every corner and sounds of beer-fueled laughs in each sidewalk, the heat and the humidity, noise and chaos, a paradise to the senses. Walking around is almost a matter of meditation, both for managing one’s peace of mind in this fast pace of city life, as well to allow ourselves to drink from it all, forgetting thoughts and noticing all sensations, feeling everything, giving ourselves in. A pure and healthy intoxication. Like the French poet Baudelaire said, “One should always be drunk. That’s all that matters. (…) But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.” And there’s so much juice in these streets… Drinking it is, in a way, just a matter of awareness, of being able to tune our mind into the present moment and its intrinsic ephemerality and beauty. It’s all about observation, observation, observation. Traveling as meditation.
“Strange as it may seem today to say, the aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware. In this state of god-like awareness one sings; in this realm the world exists as poem. No why or wherefore, no direction, no goal, no striving, no evolving.” (Henry Miller)
One just have to walk and allow Vietnam to get us drunk…
Have a look at some pictures of the streets of Vietnam by travel photographer Miguel Lopes Jerónimo to wet your appetite!