We were in Saigon 9 years ago and we could see the drastic changes. New modern buildings, fancier restaurants, more shops and international food chains (I was shocked to see Marukame Udon here since I had eaten in the Honolulu location a week earlier) and many more cars. Plus I heard that the first underground Metro Station will be built in front of the Opera House.
The city is clearly alive, full of color, vibrancy and buzzing energy...a growing metropolis full of ambitious people driven to succeed. If Saigon was the Paris of the East...Ho Chi Minh City looks like it is transforming into Asia's New York City.
Warm light crisp French bread, the taste of pate mixed with pickled daikon, carrots, pork and a dash of Maggi is one of the best culinary inventions.
By the end of our trip, I am not completely comfortable about crossing the streets but definitely have improved.
When I think of Vietnam, I have romantic sepia colored visions of French Colonial architecture.
Development for me is always bittersweet...as awe inspiring as it is to see shiny new skyscrapers, I feel a tinge of sadness for the old architecture that is destroyed. Here is an interesting article on the changing city.
It looked like a restaurant that could be in New York or London.
We will be back!