Vietnam might not be on most people’s list of ultimate travel destinations, but if my trip to the Southeast Asian nation was anything to go by—it should be.
Amazingly friendly people…deep, colorful history…tropical climate, great value for your dollar—and there is an endless list of exotic things to see and do.
One of my favorite stop-offs was the city of Hue (pronounced Way). It’s the third-largest city in Vietnam and is located about half way between Hanoi in the north and Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, in the south. It was once the seat of government for the southern part of Vietnam. It dates back to the late 1600s, and it was from here that the powerful Nguyen dynasty ruled until 1945.
The centerpiece of the city is an old moated Citadel. The Citadel was the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the 1968 Tet Offensive and suffered extensive damage. The area is now a World Heritage Site and is a fascinating place to lose all track of time while you wander behind its battle-scarred walls.
The city of Hue is split by the Perfume River which meanders through the city center as it snakes its way to the sea. Unlike many city rivers, the Perfume River is a clean, clear and litter-free. It’s a beautiful stretch of water and locals and visitors make the most of it.
You can hire a small private river boat to take you on a leisurely excursion to see some of the old Nguyen royal tomb sites. These extravagant mausoleums were constructed along the banks of the Perfume, nestled on scenic grassy pine tree-covered hillsides on the outskirts of the city.
I spend a lot of time taking pictures, like the one above of the gates of the Citadel.
I came home with over a thousand images that, over time, I can submit to online stock photography agencies that have accepted my work in the past.
Once they’ve been checked and approved, they are made available online for anyone to purchase who is looking for subject matter like this. Once sold, I receive a commission. The images remain my property. And I can sell each one over and over.
Obviously, with this setup, the more images you have posted, the higher your sales will be.
Stock photography has to be the easiest way to make money from photographs—and it’s open to absolutely anyone!
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