Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City
Some things do not change at all. Vietnamese women still
look stunning wearing traditional dress. She worked in a
building familiar to Americans who remember the war.
It is the former Presidential Palace of South Vietnam, now
known as Reunification Palace. Here is all that remains of
the South Vietnam Government, for which American
soldiers fought and died. The building appears to have
been maintained as a kind of museum, left exactly as it was
on April 30, 1975, when South Vietnam fell to the North,
two years after American soldiers withdrew. Hanoi is now
capital of a unified Vietnam.
A few miles outside of Saigon, this less fortunate woman works
gathering lotus. Most of Vietnam is still poor and rural.
Women also work the rice fields. It was harvest time.
Back in Saigon, Baskin Robbins sees a business opportunity.
Whether you call it Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City, the
Vietnamese still ride their motor scooters at high speeds.
Based upon personal experience as a pedestrian, the
greatest danger in Vietnam is being struck by a motor
scooter. The motor scooters appear in my video.
In this Saigon TV store I found the real future of Vietnam,
as a consumer society seeking to advance it's standard of
living along the lines generally followed by China. That
means economic, but not political, reform.
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the
Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's free video of this trip by clicking
on: Ho Asked Me to Go