Tag Archives: Hochiminh City

Vo Nguyen Giap's funeral in Saigon by Adam Robert Young October 13

Vietnam mourns a national hero

Mourners wait to pay their respects to Vietnamese hero Vo Nguyen Giap in Ho Chi Minh City Last week saw the passing of General Võ Nguyên Giáp, who many Vietnamese think of as the last true Vietnamese hero. He was a brilliant military strategist who was instrumental in Vietnamese victories against both the French and […]

Photo by Adam Robert Young October 08

The day I almost became a father in Saigon!

Just one word: AWKWARD. That’s how I felt when the woman looked into my eyes and asked if I wanted to take her youngest son. It was certainly not the kind of thing I was expecting when I set out on a random walk across the river from my apartment last Sunday morning. Here’s the […]

Adam Robert Young - Ten Thousand Buddha Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City July 28

Ten thousand Buddhas and a smoking monk

Admiring the view from my bedroom window, I often notice a temple of some kind with a small pagoda on the roof and wonder what lies inside. Well, I wonder no more. Last week I took a wander in the general direction of the pagoda and ended up spending a couple of hours inside (thanks […]

Xe Om in Saigon photograph by Adam Robert Young July 19

Only in Vietnam!

If there’s one thing you can’t live without here in Saigon, it’s a motorbike, and bikes and scooters are a central part of life here. If you don’t have a bike of your own, though, you can always take a motorcycle taxi, or xe ôm. Their drivers hang around on corners waiting for clients, and […]

July 18

Life in the Block

One thing I’ve noted about squatter communities is that they always seem to be quite close-knit groups. I took a trip back to the abandoned apartment block in District 5 of Ho Chi Minh City last weekend and discovered that the block is a self-contained residential area, with people not only living and playing in […]

Adam Robert Young Vietnam photography July 12

The Block

Five minutes scooter ride from downtown Ho Chi Minh City stands an old decrepit building in District 5 of the metropolis. This fourteen-story monolith is home to a large community of squatters, and my latest and greatest discovery here. Some of the mailboxes at the base of the building. “Loi ra” means “exit” OK, honestly, […]

Vietnamese iced tea by Adam Robert Young May 26

Scenes from a Saigon cafe

It’s just another day in Saigon, but there’s always something interesting going on, as these images from my favourite little cafe near my apartment show… Of course just observing the regular folk that come to take twenty minutes of down time with an iced coffee is a great way to start the day. And of […]