While I was traveling in Chiang Mai, Thailand for a quick girls' trip with a friend, I received a message from a lovely lady who organizes events and trips for women around Vietnam. She had heard about me from one of
the many expat Facebook groups that we are both a part of (I post on frequently about my availability, and this is just another example of why something like that pays off!).
She had organized a women's yoga retreat the following weekend, and her photographer had to cancel last minute. She asked if I could go, and I immediately made arrangements so that was a possibility.
We went for three days to a region in Vietnam's central highlands called Da Lat. It's known for the local wine (too sweet for me), as well as produce such as strawberries and avocados. It was a wonderful reprieve from Saigon's intense heat. Da Lat is mountainous and was cold enough at night for bonfires.
It was such an inspiring trip! I met so many wonderful women who were a mixture of expats and locals. We pushed ourselves with numerous yoga classes each day, in addition to exploring the area and being constantly active.
I photographed the entire weekend, but participated as well. It was a new experience for me. Being completely in the zone in a 6am yoga class, pausing to capture a photo, and then getting back into the flow was interesting. And something I am so happy I was able to do.
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Danielle Desnoyers is a traveling freelance photographer with a focus on humanitarian, travel, and family photography. She currently splits her time between the United States and Vietnam with travels to other countries as well.