HCMC Dining Guide

Thursday, December 29, 2011


Saigon saves its most elaborate decorations for the New Year, both that on January 1st and the traditional Lunar New Year (Tet). This year, Tet falls on January 23rd, and businesses and people around the city are busily preparing for the country's biggest holiday. On Monday night the city government switched on the light displays on Le Duan, Dong Khoi, Nguyen Hue, and Le Loi streets, in District 1. These decorations will be on every night until the end of January, and they are pretty impressive. (Although one has to wonder where all of the electricity to power this extravaganza comes from. I get the feeling a poor neighborhood somewhere is having its power cut off every night.) I finally bought a tripod for my camera the other day, and I went out to get some night shots with it.
Le Duan, right in front of the Reunification Palace

Diamond Plaza on the left
St. Joseph's Cathedral, at the foot of Dong Khoi
Dong Khoi
This ad had to be documented. Straight out of Zoolander. I can't turn left!!
view from in front of the Opera House

set up for Heineken's New Year's Eve party on Nguyen Hue
the roundabout where Nguyen Hue and Le Loi intersect

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