Street life in Saigon © Asian-Nation/C.N. Le

For the first week and a half in Viet Nam, I was in Saigon (I was born there, you know), staying with my uncle and his family and hanging out with my cousin Lan. This is a typical street scene in Saigon which shows small businesses everywhere, along with tons and tons of scooters. Scooters were everywhere -- almost as far as the eye could see. The weather there was hot and humid, even in the middle of winter. The atmosphere in Saigon is very active and dynamic, much like New York or L.A.