About a week ago I took this picture in District 2 (An Phu Ward) just after crossing the Saigon River Bridge. For many of you it may not mean much but for me this very photo illustrates the speed of Saigon’s development. When I first arrived in Saigon back in May, 2004, I spent over three months in Thu Duc District. I used to commute on this same highway back and forth to District 1. Back in 2004, this same exact highway was not as nice as it is today. Most of the ride was quite muddy and riddled with bumps. The sides of the road were one big mud hole.
It is much nicer on this highway now. I am beginning to like New Saigon though I will miss the Old Saigon.