I made two short trips to Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as everyone still calls it, within a few months of each other. On the first trip my wife and I did all the touristy things like visit the uplifting War Remnants Museum and tour the Cu Chi Tunnels. On the second trip, my wife was there for work and was busy during the day. Liberated from my wife and having already seen the tourist sites, I was free to wander the city with my camera for three days.
After those three days, I was exhausted. The streets – and sidewalks! – are abuzz with speeding motorbikes; the heat and humidity are oppressive; the noise and pollution are overwhelming. Walking the streets taking photos really takes it out of you.
In spite of this, Saigon is a fun and fascinating city to photograph. The city is visual anarchy, and the challenge is to find order in the chaos. Although I took many photos trying to capture the energy of the city, by exploring narrow alleys, visiting green parks and entering street markets, I was able to find simple scenes among the madness.
Here is a collection of 17 photos I took in on my two visits to Vietnam’s largest city. Click any photo open a slideshow view.
Have you been to Saigon? Crazy place, right?
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