One view of downtown Saigon © Asian-Nation/C.N. Le

A shot of the downtown Saigon area. As you can see, there's a lot of very recent development going on there -- state-controlled capitalism at its best. Keep in mind that Saigon is not some small little town -- it's a major metropolitan area of about 6 million people. Viet Nam is really trying to attract more tourism, and a lot of shops in the downtown area cater to foreigners in Saigon.