The Ho Chi Minh City is a unique city in that it is rapidly growing but has yet to develop into a massive skyscraper filled concrete jungle. While it is transforming into a cosmopolitan world city, it still retains some of its old world charm. The city is rich with nooks and crannies, alleyways and narrow motorbike-filled roads, and areas unexplored by the majority of tourists, making it a very different type of place to explore. These features of Ho Chi Minh City make it a veritable playground for photography enthusiasts because you can take pictures here that will be distinctly unique. The irony is that this also makes it difficult to find the perfect spots to capture those exotic moments.
Even though the city has little to offer in terms of mountains and oceans, the topography is unique enough to create a beautiful silhouette. The Saigon River offers an interesting perspective for photographers because there are many spots along the river where one can look back and see the skyline or simply appreciate the sunrise and sunset.
For a great shot of the complete skyline, go to either the Kinh Te or Thu Thiem bridge (be carefull snatch theft}. Sunset is usually around 6 pm in the evening so try and catch the sun setting on the city! Note that the Bitexco Tower is the tallest building in the city and although it has a viewing deck on one of it’s upper floors(Glass), the skyline seems underwhelming from this perspective. (Ticket DONG200,00). The other vintage point its is The Chill Skybar & Dining Level 26 but to bad cant use the tripod.
The one thing that this city most definitely does not lack is the ever-moving, awe-inspiring, and at times hair-raising activity. The people, the food and the culture are so vibrant that it is a privilege to be able to capture it on camera. The most well known feature of Ho Chi Minh City is the traffic. The streets are jam-packed with motorbikes – in fact, the cities in Vietnam have the highest number of motorbikes per capita in the world (lifetime roadtax & insurans but the gas blady inexpensive RM3.80L correct me if i`m wrong :) )!
You cannot come to vietnam and be absolutely enamoured by the people. vietnamese people work hard but still take time to relax and enjoy themselves. One of the most charming sights is seeing a vietnamese woman dressed in an Ao Dai (i like it) and sauntering down the street or and elderly person finding some shade under a conical hat. In the evenings, locals come out in full force to spend time with friends at the local watering holes or the coffee shops ;yes, coffee joints were cool here long before they became popular in the rest of the world
If you’re taking a picture of a person though, ask their permission first. Most people don’t mind but be sure to show them the photo afterwards to put a smile on their face.
I was in vietnam just 2 days with hectic schedule this is the only picture I could shoot. so many other interesting places such as markets on the water, along the Mekong River and the historic buildings of the architect is very unusual.
I will come back for sure :)
P/S : FOR OTHER PICTURE VISIT THE GALLERY