Photo a Day, Vietnam, Day 15

A photo a day from Vietnam ahead of a month in Saigon. Here, the Continental Hotel. Graham Greene spent an extended stay here, and the Continental featured in his The Quiet American. It was also the location of the Time and Newsweek bureaux during the war, and our home on our first trip to Vietnam twenty-some years ago.

That’s the 19th century French-built Notre Dame Cathedral lit up on the horizon, above, seen in a different view here:

These daily photos are collecting all in one place on We’ll be on the road for a few months, so we’ve called our EarthPhotos archive page Around the World, Slowly. Join us.

Photo a Day, Vietnam, Day 11

The most recent census of Ho Ch Minh city was performed in 2009, making it difficult to know the current population. Best guess, about eight and a half million people, most of whom, at any given time, are on the road.

A photo a day from Vietnam for the next couple of weeks as we as we get set to spend a month there. These daily photos are collected here, on

Photo a Day, Vietnam, Day 10

In Shadows and Wind, A View of Modern Vietnam, Robert Templer writes about Hanoi, capital of a then-newly reunified Vietnam, and a city hard by China, “After 1978, the city’s Chinese population was expelled.” Down south, the Cholon neighborhood of Ho Chi Minh City remains home to a thriving community of ethnic Chinese around half a million strong. Here, incense in a temple, Cho Lon, Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) Vietnam.

A photo a day from Vietnam as we get set for a month in Ho Chi Minh City. These daily photos are collected here, on