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Another of the things that surprised me in Saigon, and in other cities in Vietnam, was its urbanism. In the center you still see the urbanism plans that the French left. But streets in the districts in the outskirts of Saigon, or some of the smallest streets in the center, are quite chaotic. There seems to be no urbanism plans.

Locals buy a plot of land and build a house wherever they can. In some cases, as the one in the picture, the mixture of styles is quite picturesque, but in most of the cases the outcome is less fortunate.

Small alleys that lead nowhere, thousands of cables and pipes hanging on the walls, almost no sidewalks, and so on. Someday the Vietnamese government will have to put an end to this situation.

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