In Photos: Tropical Autumn Vibes at Vietnam's Up-and-Coming Quest Festival
Quest Festival takes place on a beautiful little campsite about an hour from Hanoi, Vietnam in Son Tinh Camp. The three-day event, which runs from November 6-8, is organized by a group of expat friends living in Hanoi working alongside local Vietnamese festival lovers.
The British festival scene's influences could be felt throughout, and at first, I feared that it would be a festival filled with only Westerners. However, I was happily proven wrong. Of course, a large number of backpackers attend the event each year, but the better half of the performers, musicians, DJs, food vendors, and many of the attendees were either Vietnamese or had jumped over from neighboring countries.
The festival site was lovely and surrounded by water, creating a romantic, mesmerizing backdrop, and the music and program was diverse and unique. Although it's obvious that throwing a festival like this in Vietnam is no easy task – some technical glitches and organizational blunders did occur not to mention an abundance of heavy rain – the heart and soul of the event was unavoidable.
I tend to believe that the most important aspect of any festival is the attention the organizers put into it, and Quest is absolutely coming from a group of dreamers and a place of love. They are doing something really unique in a country that doesn't have anything like it, and you can feel how special and new it all is in everything they've created. If you get a chance, go and join the costumed monsters at Quest next year. This is one festival that will only get better and better in the coming years.