Whizzing through the haphazzard traffic on “our motor bikes”, the winds blew against our faces, carrying the aroma of Bánh mì (crispy bread), Phở (noodles), Sườn Nướng (grilled pork ribs), Xôi (glutinous rice) and Chè (tapioca desserts) to our noses. Our sights were smudged by the overlapping choices of colourful souvenirs. Our ears deafened by touting, bargaining and the noisy traffic. Well, we actually didn’t “ride motor bikes” but manoeuvred alongside thousands of them. That is enough for our Saigon experience to feel like bike riding – fast, chaotic and absolutely captivating!
Enjoy these street snaps of my recent getaway to Saigon. And yes, I still prefer the city’s old name ‘Saigon’ than ‘Ho Chi Minh City’, its new name after the war. ‘Saigon’ is not just easier on the tongue, but also imbues a nostalgic romance while embracing modern exuberance and eclecticism Enjoy Saigon!