Confused — is how I describe the city of Ho Chi Minh / Saigon. I can sense the urgent clamor for progression, but their facades are still chained from their brutal past.  The mix of French colonialism, yet carrying the heart of nationalism and local pride.

Beneath the tarnished walls and daunting back alleys, the swift motor bikes and flamboyant mosaic tiles, the warm soups despite the humid-sticky weather, Saigon was interestingly unfathomable. Pretty much like my character: seemingly obvious (and to some extent colorful) facades, but no one braved to fully understand.   

It’s a paradise. It’s a war zone.

Here’s a compilation of my personal photos taken in Ho Chi Minh City back in April 2016:

bikes side walk vendors in ho chi minh city vietnam

blue skies ho chi minh city palace government building

cathedral catholic church ho chi minh city notre dame

cathdral of notre dama side view vietnam

solo cathedral of notre dame church vietnam saigon

solo walk cathedral notre dama saigon fashion ootd

national museum ho chi minh city hallways

national museum of ho chi minh city hallway solo

vintage car national museum of ho chi minh city

staircase national museum hcmc

colorful vietnamese tiles hcmc

staircase hcmc

central post office saigon ho chi minh city vietnam tourist spot

inside central post office saigon vietnam

saigon opera house ho chi minh city facade

street lights saigon ho chi minh city vietnam night shot

fast speed motorbikes saigon street photography

selfie boat mekong delta saigon ho chi minh city vietnam

tourists mekong delta river vietnam boat ride



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About Author Paolo Avis

Living abroad for more than half a decade now, Paolo works in Singapore as a sales and marketing manager for a luxury travel publication. His creative urges can’t always be contained, hence photography, video documentaries, and blogging are his go-to forms of artistic release. Since he didn’t get to pursue TV production after getting a degree in Communication, Paolo now turns to Random Republika as an outlet to keep himself updated and to share his thoughts on what’s happening in showbiz and beyond. Follow his other stories via Instagram (@bigbluefish).

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