Like Hanoi, Saigon is not for those seeking a bucolic holiday.
Though people obey the traffic lights, it's still not for the chicken-hearted. The contraption in the middle is a cyclo. Here it's hauling freight, but that's where the person(s) sit. Theres only one cycle in the picture with a single person.
|A family outing
If the woman on the left is beautiful, it's a secret. Many women cover up to avoid the sun, wearing hats, scarves and shoulder-height gloves.
|The only man in all of Vietnam who wears a helmet.
Doesn't he look dashing. Most other Vietnamese are more sanguine about their safety. Many car owners snip out the seat belts to make the ride more comfortable.
Next to our hotel. People bring their birds in the morning. When it's time to go, they cover them and get on the motorcycle.
The name means "happiness"
|The famous Pho Hoa
|The empty Pho Binh
|Inside the temple
One of those "mysterious East" Photos
|Also inside the temple
|Street in Cho Lon
This is Saigon's Chinatown
|Instrument builder's workshop
Against the wall are zithers
| Duyen (3rd from left), brother and family
After some utterly sumptuous dining at Quy Thanh
|Simon Says in the park
Wholesome, group entertainment. The last day in Saigon we took a walk in the park. They invited me to join, but luckily, I had a plane to catch.
|A miniature Cham tower
Also in the park. Like the water puppets in the museum, there for people who wouldn't see the rest of Vietnam
Coffee, cigarettes and conversation on little chairs. What could be better?
Bird owners often introduce their birds to see what will happen.