What Makes Saigon Unique

Here are 35 things you’ll understand if you’ve spent any amount of time in Saigon…

  1. Fish sauce
  2. Tough, toothless grannies in street pajamas
  3. Motorbike nappers
  4. Megaphone street venders
  5. Lottery ticket sellers
  6. Soup on a hot day
  7. Overloaded motorbikes
  8. Ridiculous Traffic

Motorbike nappers


Overloaded motorbikes


Motorbike trafficConical hats Total lack of queue etiquette

9. Miniature plastic dining furniture
10. Com tam
11. The heavy smell of grill smoke, incense and fish sauce
12. Lounging xe om drivers on every corner
13. Ice coffee with condensed milk
14. Sun-fearing and excessively clothed women
15. Karaoke-massage parlors
16. Coconuts
17. Designer surgical face masks
18. “Tra da”
19. Senseless Selfies
20. Wet hand-wipes
21. The bum-gun
22. Tall, absurdly skinny houses
23. Fantastic maze-like alleyways
24. Crumbling French colonial buildings

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    Crumbling French colonial architecture

Maze-like alleyways


Tall, skinny houses

25. Public urination
26.The constant buzz of construction
27. Giant rats & giant roaches
28. Nonsensical traffic lights (and traffic patterns)
29. Open air living
30. Excessive horn-honking
32. Tranquil temples
33. Mysterious, viney, rooty, old trees
34. Crowded, exhaust-spewing, noisy, dirty and green (only in color), city buses
35. Ben Thanh Market, Bui Vien, Reunification Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral, The Bitexco Tower

Am I missing anything?


Another neat, old tree


Tranquil temples, the smell of incense


Saigon Street scene, Bitexco Tower in the distance



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