Unlike Hà Nội where most new houses have a very historicist decorative design,
the new houses in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) are more modernist if not just utilitarian. And while the houses in Hà Nội are most often painted ochre or vermillion, there is a much greater use of other colors in HCMC. As in Hà Nội, most houses are "tube houses" in that they are very narrow but very long. Although I haven't confirmed this yet, it is said that these lots are narrow because property taxes are based on the width of the lot at the street line. In HCMC, I guess (without confirmation yet) that many of the new houses are designed by young architects trying out new ideas, and this is very good to see. This in contrast to the usual utilitarian modernist larger buildings in HCMC. These pictures can be viewed by clicking on the first or top picture in the album and then click "next" on each photo to proceed though the album in slide show fashion.
I saw an RV (recreation vehicle) for the first time in Vietnam today. More changes are coming to Vietnam.
I saw it on the street as I was walking home from work, but I couldn't get my iPhone out fast enough to get a photo. But a couple of blocks later, I passed by an auto dealer on Huàng Văn Thụ Street, and it was just backing into a showroom slot.
It appears to be a 30-foot long American-made model. It is also well-used, but on a newer Ford chassis that had a Vietnamese license plate. It will be interesting to see how long it sits in the dealer showroom.
It is hard to imagine where a buyer might park this thing. Most people that buy cars here park them in their front living room. I posted about parking problems before.
I also haven't seen any campgrounds in Vietnam yet. I can imagine there might be some up in the national parks, but there sure isn't any within 200 km of Ho Chi Minh City. And there aren't any Walmart parking lots to use, either.