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I spent a few days in Saigon last June and would like to share some photos from my walks around the city.

Saigon does not offer the ultra-modern feel of Singapore or the coolness and buzz of Bangkok but it is a city that has to be seen. To begin with, I was rather amazed by the heavy French influence which is still felt there. It certainly feels very different from any other city in Asia that I have been to.

What also has to be said is the poeple. I have never been to Vietnam before and was rather impressed by how nice and polite the poeple are. Saigon feels very much an 'up and coming' metropolis and it is a matter of time before we'll be seeing more and more of it. I am very happy I made it there now rather than later. It is a very nice, pleasant and beautiful city

First views from the plane. There is a rather huge amount of constructions (including infrastructure) taking place. Perhaps something that was happening in China not too long ago




Urban landscape. HCMC is not too much of a highrise city. Although new highrises are popping up all over the place


Landing at Tan Son Nhat International Airport
 

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Airport terminal


First experience of the city as a pedestrian - Near Ben Thanh Market where I was staying


What instantly attracted my attention was a rather widespread use of English on street signs and names


Luxury shops located on the ground floor of famous Rex Hotel
 

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Bitexco Financial Tower is well visible from many locations in District 1. It is a true modern landmark and statement of a city that has a strong determination to go forward. In my opinion it is one of the most beautiful skyscrapers built recently


Motorbike traffic is very intense and rather extreme in some cases. This is the main means of transport in the city




Pedestrian walk along Le Loi street
 

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There are many coffe shops all over the central area of Saigon which extends beyond District 1






 

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Continuing with my photos from some main areas in District 1

I have noticed a lot of modernist/ArtDeco-like buildings in Saigon. However my efforts to find some systematic and clear information on the Internet were fruitless. It would be really interesting to know moare about he architectural heritage of Saigon because it does feel very interesting






 

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Rex Hotel. There is a rooftop bar there. I will get there later






Municipal Theatre


 

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Back facade of the Municipal Theatre






Hai Ba Trung, one of the main streets in District 1
 

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Continued



A fire brigade was performing an exercise on the Metropolitan Towers. A bunch of people on the street were watching




 

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Statue of Mary at the nearby Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral


The Cathedral itself


Street posters
 

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I really enjoyed watching all those posters. I have no idea what's written on them but some of them are self-explanatory








 
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