In December 2008, I was staying on Dong Khoi, the premier street in the center of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Looking out my window, I could gaze upon the historic Hotel Continental, a favorite haunt of author Graham Greene, and the Opera House. One night, I got to witness the streets of Saigon go crazy in celebration for beating Thailand in the Suzuki Football Cup: the first time-ever for the Vietnamese to be champions in Southeast Asia. Below are some photos depicting their insane pride.
All pictures: DEC08, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Bring me the sushi. Saigon, Vietnam. OCT09. (Sony Camera & Lens)
This woman was a neighbor of ours in District 3. Often she would sit with another elderly woman and place a conical hat in front of her face and gossip about the other neighbors. This day, she was on her own. Saigon, Vietnam. 09. (Sony Camera & Lens)
We used to sit outside our house every morning before going to work and have cafe sua da. This woman would walk by us almost every day, never saying anything, usually collecting plastic bottles and cans. She wasn’t camera shy. Saigon. AUG09. (Sony Camera & Lens)
First-ever Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City bike ride for charity comes to an end. Pictured is James, one of the forerunners of the cause, just arriving back to Saigon after a grueling month-long trek. 2010. (Canon 550D, Canon EFS Lens 18-135mm)
Ravenous times in Saigon. SEP10. (Canon 550D, Canon EFS Lens 18-135mm)
On a day out chronicling a practice ride for ILA’s charity bikers, with their backs turned, this woman stole the show. Ho Chi Minh City. SEP10. (Canon 550 D, EFS Lens 18-135mm)