Vietnam hasn't been the most memorable place for me. My previous visit to Ho Chi Minh city back in 2012 was marred by an unpleasant experience of a fortunately foiled snatch theft on wheels.
Almost 4 years on and wiser, I am now more careful photographing on the streets without a dangling camera strap! Being the second time in Vietnam, this time much further up north, I was actually expecting colder weather. However, the entire 4-days trip was unusually blazing hot!
Exploring Ho Chi Minh city's residential streets and their quaint back alleys had been a laid-back, unique and adventurous experience. I wandered through a maze of narrow paths, driven along by the sound of chatter, a dog's barking, blaring TV, lounging tourists at B&Bs or the occasional laughter and cry of children.
Eventually, the path broke out into an open busy street, filled with bars, shops and restaurants. I picked a spot outside a bar and leaned on a street lamp, while observing the activities around me.