Mr Linh’s Adventures joined both the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City versions of Sophie's Art Tour. Mr Linh joined the tour first in Hanoi and was really impressed by how knowledgeable our tour guide Fabiola was about Vietnamese history and culture. The tour begins with a fascinating introduction at an art cafe and continues to The Fine Arts Museum and several small independent art spaces. In Ho Chi Minh City Mr Linh took the tour with the founder Sophie and learned more about Sophie's passion for the arts as a means of cultural expression. The tour was founded by Sophie, and it is a unique journey through the history of modern Vietnam told by its artists. Both tours give a deep insight into the development of art in Vietnam as well as giving an overview of the history. Tours in Ho Chi Minh City are run by Sophie and Stuart, who have been in the arts community since moving to Vietnam in 2009. In Hanoi, the tour is run by Bill Nguyen, a Hanoian artist and curator and Fabiola who is an arts and culture journalist. Founder interview questions: 1. What did you do before arriving in Vietnam? I worked for five years in development arts, using arts for education and also as a means to change people's way of looking at different cultures. 2. Why did you decide to organise a tour in Vietnam to talk about art? Vietnam has an extraordinary visual culture. Art is a fascinating language, through which we can really see the relationships between people and their environments. Also, artists see the world differently, so it offers a truly unique perspective on a country with a fascinating but complicated history. 3. You were successful in Ho Chi Minh City, and now you are running tours in Hanoi. Could you please explain the difference between the two? The two tours compliment each other and offer insights into the respective art scenes of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Both are the result of extensive on-going research gathering stories and experiences from local artists, curators, historians and arts professionals in both cities. We have designed them so you can take both tours. 4. Last question! What are your next steps? My plan is to turn the story of the tour into a book, it will be a collaboration with several Vietnamese artists of all ages, and it will follow the history using sequential drawing, full page illustrations, photos and designs gathered from a rich visual tapestry of Vietnam.