Vanishing Saigon

Sights, stories and secrets from Vietnam’s most dynamic city

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Month: June, 2008

Cloaks and Dragons

13 June, 2008 (17:04) | Shopping | No comments

This colorful block is hard to miss. The bold paper mache heads are displayed on the sidewalk, while sparkling sequined robes hang from the shop ceilings. Their ostentatious nature and complete uniqueness to anything you come across in Western countries just begs the question ‘What on earth do you do with it?’. The heads represent […]

Power Lines

12 June, 2008 (13:12) | On the Street | No comments

While Vietnam is a very safe destination for travelers, some of the Vietnamese health and safety standards may confuse and astound visitors. The state of Saigon’s power lines, for instance, is out of this world. Just look up at any major intersection in Cholon and you’ll see what looks like a swallow’s nest of wires, […]