Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Ho Chi Minh City, aka Saigon

Known to most as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a city of contrasts. The pace is frenetic, yet the wide streets and open spaces help it to retain an air of calm. Classic French architecture competes for attention with brand new high rise buildings. The port hosts vast tankers and cruise ships while tiny sampans dart around them on the Saigon River.

Sidewalks, designed for strolls, are now lined with food stalls and cafes that spill into the streets.  Art galleries pop up now and again with contemporary as well as traditional styles. The villas left by the French have been converted into the city's best restaurants and the wide tree-lined streets are abuzz with motor bikes.

From top: Wide Boulevards, Main Post Office, Motor Bikes,  Modern Buildings, photos taken by Linda Dubin Garfield

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