River Life

Sam Beumkes captures everyday life along the Saigon River, from exercising and fishing to trading and walking man’s best friend, there’s something about the stillness of the water that makes life a little bit calmer in this bustling city. Vinhomes in District 1 6 in the morning The river homes in District 2 Proof people

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1969

A look back in pictures and in words of Old Saigon On September 23, 1969, 11 days after my 23rd birthday, I stepped off a Braniff 707 at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Saigon to begin my one-year tour of duty in the U. S. Air Force. My father, who had served in the U S Army in WW II, gave me some

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Finding Zen

Khanh An Monastery (1055/3D, Quoc Lo 1, D12) began as a humble pagoda erected by Buddhist monk Tri Hien in 1905. A wealthy family later donated six hectares of land for its expansion. During the French occupation, the pagoda was used by Vietnamese revolutionists to hold protests and was therefore vandalized by the French on multiple occasions. In

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Capture and Release

Explore the city with a different focus. There are few things that will get any reasonable person out of bed at 6am on a Sunday morning. For the keen Saigon street photographer, however, this is the sweet spot. As Quinn Ryan Mattingly, owner of Saigon School of Imaging and local tour leader explained to me,

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“THE DIARY” Exhibition – Photographs taken by Smartphone

  On the 9th of March 2017, Nest by AIA in collaboration with photographer Hai Thanh will be hosting the opening of “The Diary” – a photography exhibition of photos taken by smartphone at Nest by AIA office at Vincom Ba Trieu center. The exhibition receives technical support and media sponsorship by Matca, Mobiovn and

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#nofilter

Many children in Vietnam live along rivers and waterways that are often extremely polluted. Daily exposure to contaminated water causes serious health effects, although these are not always directly visible. In desperate need for a strong campaign, Unicef has decided to call on the most vulnerable victims—children—to help shock people into awareness of their situation.

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Continuing Education

This  is Tai. He’s currently in fifth grade. His mother proudly shows us all the certificates and achievements Tai and his sister have won in school over the years. Tai is proud of his most recent academic awards, however, next year, like all the other kids in his village, he will stop school and start

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