© 2010 Cyril Maury. All rights reserved. Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon): Portrait of 2 girls at night

Hô Chí Minh City (HCMC)

One of the most striking characteristics of Vietnam’s capital (formerly known as Saigon) is traffic. More precisely two-wheeled traffic. There are about 7 million people living in Saigon, and more than half as many scooters (roughly 4 million) – they’re everywhere. And to make it more interesting, traffic lights don’t seem to fullfil more than a decorative purpose over there, so crossing a street is like a real life version of the oldschool videogame “frogger“, only you don’t have to save a virtual frog but your actual skin. Mopeds are actually the local sedans, and it is not unusual to see whole families riding on Vespas… Luckily legislators are taking the situation quite seriously, and helmets are required for all riders. Well, almost all, as children above 13 can go unbothered. Seriously.


  1. Posted 26 Sep ’10 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    I like you photos a lot. Enjoyed your blog a lot.
    Do let me know when you come over to Malaysia, would love to shoot with you.

    • Cyril Maury
      Posted 27 Sep ’10 at 9:00 am | Permalink

      That’d be great indeed, if I do come back over there I’ll definitely let you know!

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