Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

A brief stop in HCMC (although many locals – and the international airport code system – call the city by the name Saigon) before heading on to Vung Tau.

On returning from Manila I went to Nha Trang and promptly got sick due to eating or drinking something that disagreed with me, so I have little to share from there, as I spent most of my time there in bed. I don’t think I missed a great deal however as from the little I did see, it is mostly a seaside resort for Russians now (who do not require a visa to enter Vietnam) and indeed our hotel did provide bottles of vodka as standard room equipment!

HCMC is a very different place from Hanoi. Much larger it features top luxury brand shopping arcades and has the feel of  a true city. However despite that it is quieter and less manic than the Old Quarter of Hanoi and gives a hint of how it would be had the French not left here in the 50’s.

It blends old and new, east and west as so many places here do and that is the theme of today’s photos.

Surrounded by the trappings of western culture, this lady sits on the former rue Catinat handing out invitations for traditional massage.

Surrounded by the trappings of western culture, this lady sits on the former rue Catinat handing out invitations for traditional massage.

Globalisation: the DM's logo painted on a Lambretta in a shop window, reflects a passing motorbike on the streets of Saigon.

Globalisation: the DM’s logo painted on a Lambretta in a shop window, reflects a passing motorbike on the streets of Saigon.

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