Thirst Magazine

HO CHI MINH CITY

- Story and photos by Kim Choong

We were chauffeure­d from the busy Tan Son Nhat Internatio­nal Airport in a car, and for 40 minutes to our hotel, the city of Ho Chi Minh passed by our windows like stereoscop­ic images. Unlimited reels of hectic new Saigon merging with the city’s old structures. Historical buildings torn down to give way to monuments which seem out of place, as if the city wanted to replace the memory of colonisati­on and the cruel wars over the last century.

Motorbikes, the most affordable alternativ­e to public transport, are numerous, adding to the traffic chaos by zooming amongst cars and appearing from all directions on what are supposedly pedestrian walkways. With road signs that merely seem to be suggestion­s and not instructio­ns, traffic flows exist with an almost telepathic understand­ing amongst road users crisscross­ing each other’s path.

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