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Bike rides, and more – in Vietnam

By Gina Moorhead

March marked the four year anniversary of my first trip to Vietnam. First trip to Asia.  First attempt at working with tailors to create our samples and production runs – and I’ve been back every year.  

Vietnam is a mystery to most, certainly to most people from the States. It’s known for the Vietnam War, and Pho restaurants opening up on nearly every college campus. I didn’t know anything about Vietnam before I got on the ground, and whatever I thought I knew was quickly replaced by my own extraordinary, eye opening experiences.  

Don’t bother renting a car.  Opt for your main modes of transportation to be via taxi, motorbike, bicycle, and by foot.  Leave behind your thoughts of turning on the air conditioner and feel the wind in your hair instead. Opt in for the humidity and the sensations of relief from jumping in the ocean and ice cold homemade lemonade.

One of the best feelings in the world: warm weather, lush greenery, and feeling the wind on a motorbike.

One of our lovely tailors, Phoung. What are her favorite things? Dating and going out for fresh seafood with her girlfriends from the shop.

A lucky lady for a birthday lunch- simply the best!

Since Day 1: Vy & Gina. One of our tailors who specializes in our colorful floral men’s blazers.

Vietnam’s beaches, mountainsides and rich landscapes have become my “happy places.” To feel so at home in these beautiful places, and welcomed by my friends who live there is something for which I count my lucky stars.  Each time I visit Vietnam, I make it a priority to go somewhere new and learn something new. Sapa, reached only by an overnight train from Hanoi is where people rely on vertical farming, and traditional Hmong people still speak a special language and dialect spoken only in those mountains.  And then there’s kayaking among basketball sized jellyfish in in UNESCO’s Ha Long Bay after shopping at a pearl farm on a floating village- I mean, pinch me, please? I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy and share these places with many family and friends – and don’t ever want to stop.

Ha Long Bay outside of Hanoi where we find peace, rest, and no Wifi.

An Bang Beach with a buddy, a book, some babes, and bright red hair.

Phu Quoc Island with our fellow Minneapolis makers, Scott from Marked Leather.  A little R&R while we explore more of the countryside and culture of this beautiful country.

Casting wishes on a full- a moon traditional ceremony.

Fishing boats in Ha Long Bay which is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.  

To see more images from my journey to Vietnam, as well as Marina’s experience there, please check out our Pinterest board that features our images from Vietnam! Vietnam is a very special place to us at House of GinaMarie and we love sharing our experiences in this beautiful country with others.