Sixth in a series from the ruins and rivers of Southeast Asia
For our last day on the Mekong River, the Avalon Angkor was docked in downtown Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), which was abuzz with people at work, at play and, in between, riding their motorbikes.
Lots of locals still call it Saigon, this city of 10 million people and nearly as many motorbikes, which, said a guide, are primarily from China, because the bikes are cheap, though they have a reputation for a short life span.
What do the Vietnamese do with the Chinese bikes when they wear out in a few years? I asked.
“We try to fix things up and then ship them to another country,” said a local guide. Uh huh, Communism at full glory.