Saigon and South Vietnam
Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City as it’s been officially called since the end of the American War, may look like just another Asian mega-city, but under the surface (and in its tiny, labyrinthine alleyways), there’s an incredible place to be discovered with your camera. Further afield, the Mekong Delta offers tropical jungle, idyllic waterways and leisurely riverside life – apart from when its brilliant, chaotic floating markets are going great guns.
Saigon (ike most Saigonese, we prefer the old name) is all about streetlife, much like Hanoi. But Saigon’s pace, style and soul is very different to the northern capital. In Saigon, the presence of the modern can be more keenly felt, and its towering, ramshackle apartment blocks offer Hong Kong-like urban scenes. The locals also set up impromptu markets and food streets in some of these apartment quadrants, which make a fascinating visit and even more unique opportunities for portraiture and street photography. Pop down an alleyway in one of the ‘hem’ (local neighbourhoods) and you’ll find a Saigon of the past – pagodas, cycling vendors, street hairdressers – running shoulders with the people of a 21st century city.