• William Steel

Photo story - Vietnam: The waterways

Growing up in landlocked Botswana, the sea has never had the same pull to me as most people feel. This being said, Vietnam is renowned for its beaches and island chains, so as we packed for the trip, I knew that I needed to learn to enjoy what adventures laid ahead.

In truth, these sections of the trip have been what I've loved the most. From photographing the many fishing boats that skirt the edge of Danang's beaches to kayaking through the intricate islands of Lan Ha Bay.

Here is a selection of some of my favourite images along the coast of Vietnam, from North of Lan Ha Bay to the Southern waterways of the Mekong Delta.

Clouds form over some of the 1969 islands that make up Ha Long Bay.

Fishing boats negotiate their way between the many islands.

These impressive stone structures jut out of the water, where vegetation fights for a position on every surface.

Children dot the jetty as they attempt to out do each other diving into the water from the highest point.

Boats line up on the shores of Tam Coc Village.

Keeping out of the mid day heat.

The many boats at Tam Coc Village.

Da Nang and its many surrounding beaches.

Fishermen discuss the one that got away on one of Da Nang's beaches.

A fishermen cleans his boat in front of the imposing Da Nang skyline.

Watching the tide roll in.

Traditional circular basket boats called "thung chai".

Boats and palm trees grace the Da Nang coastline.

Boats along the Son Tra Peninsula.

House boats that make up the Floating Market at Cái Bè.

Cái Bè, Mekong Delta.

One of the ferries that transport people across the many Mekong Delta tributaries.

The ferry from Cái Bè.

Thanks for looking!

- William


As a born and bred South African, I've grown up along many coastal towns across the Western and Eastern Cape (Yes, this means I eat pineapple on my pizza). I have always had a niggling sense that I was born to explore and travel but up until now,have constantly squished that feeling. Mainly due to getting caught up in the ''rat race;'' university, move to a big city and work, work, work. For the first time in a long time, I'll be fully focusing on my passion for writing, designing,photography and of course, travelling. 



From a young age I was captivated by the wildlife that surrounded me. Raised in Botswana, I was able to explore and discover the beauty of untamed wilderness, and it sparked in me a love for nature and travel. That is where my photographic journey began. As my hobby blossomed into a passion, and then became an income. ​I am fortunate enough to call photography my career, but first and foremost it is my passion. 


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