I want to say, "Sài Gòn, don't ever change." But I can't, that would go against the very fibre of its being. Change is constant here. In the last decade I've watched this very street, Nguyễn Huệ, turn from thoroughfare into pedestrian only zone. I've seen Bitexco emerge from the asphalt nearby. The skyline has transformed and the suburban landscapes drastically built up. Sài Gòn changes, it grows. From the craft beer boom in the past few years, the influx of global brands, the ever improving quality of life, to the demolition of a favourite little bún chả shop down a hẻm, making way for one of those said developments. Have no fear, however, for the little lady who makes those noodles will pop up down the street with a brand new sign, nón lá on point, waiting to fill you up. Saigon is the city of hope in Vietnam, the future, where people from the northern highlands to the southwestern Mekong come to make a life for themselves. Saigonese are driven, adaptive, and ready for what's next. So, Sài Gòn, don't you ever stop changing, growing. It's time for me to do some of that myself. You made me a traveller, you've given me family, friends, countless memories, a job, and a home. It's never goodbye, it's hẹn gặp lại.
"The tunnels of Củ Chi are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in the Củ Chi District of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country. The Củ Chi tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War, and were the Viet Cong's base of operations for the Tết Offensive in 1968." - wiki