Life in northern Vietnam through lenses of Belgian travel photographer

NDO - Belgian travel photographer Kevin Faingnaert recently spent time traveling through northern Vietnam, soaking in the atmosphere of this Southeast Asian gem.


As the series moves from bustling cities to the lush, green countryside, Faingnaert brings us along for the journey. Faingnaert’s skill as a travel photographer shines through in his ability to weave a visual narrative that drifts between Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, and Mu Cang Chai.

Faingnaert calls himself a social documentary photographer who blends landscape, reportage, and portrait photography. His portraits help create an emotional connection with his work, while the landscapes help paint a picture of the overall environment these people live in.

A woman named Linh Hoa harvesting sticky rice near Tu Le town, Van Chan district, Yen Bai province (Photo credit: Kevin Faingnaert)

Rice terraces near Mu Cang Chai district, Yen Bai province (Photo credit: Kevin Faingnaert)

Corncobs drying in a stilt house near Che Cu Nha village, Mu Cang Chai district (Photo credit: Kevin Faingnaert)

The road between Hanoi and Mu Cang Chai (Photo credit: Kevin Faingnaert)

Tam Coc harbor in Ninh Binh province, abundant with sampan boats (Photo credit: Kevin Faingnaert)

Bich Dong pagoda gate, a couple of kilometers north of Tam Coc (Photo credit: Kevin Faingnaert)

Situated near the southern margin of the Red River Delta, Trang An landscape complex in Ninh Binh province is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, many of them partly submerged and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs (Photo credit: Kevin Faingnaert)

A 500 steps stone staircase beside the Hang Mua cave entrance zigzags through the karst to the Quan Am pagoda, surrounded by views of the Tam Coc valley, limestone mountains and local countryside (Photo credit: Kevin Faingnaert)

A barber at work next to the walls of the Temple of Literature in Hanoi (Photo credit: Kevin Faingnaert)

A group of men playing a game of Co Tuong (Chinese chess) on the street in Hanoi (Photo credit: Kevin Faingnaert)

Towering limestone pillars rise from the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh province (Photo credit: Kevin Faingnaert)