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Deja Vu: Vietnam Part 14 (Saigon and Cho Lon)

We continue with Part 14of the 16 part series Deja Vu: Vietnam. The series of videos is made using Google Earth to focus in on various parts of Saigon and surrounding areas of Vietnam. Then overlaid with video footage filmed in 2007 with ‘fade backs’ of videos and photos going back to various time points in prior years. Some all the way back to 1882 Saigon.

Now in Part 14 we’ll continue our visit around Saigon and Cho Lon visiting the Capitol and St. George Hotels (BEQs), Phu Tho Racetrack, and the Miami Swimming Pool. Then with each of the following parts of the series we’ll be travelling around Saigon and Cholon. Then travel to areas outside of Saigon and back to Tan Son Nhut Airport for departure from Vietnam.

Each of us lived in Saigon at different times during the years from the mid-1950’s to 1975. Because of the span of time we lived in Saigon, different parts of the series will mean more to each of us … but, they will all trigger memories and experiences of your time in Saigon.

Enjoy …

A Born To Wander Production

I find it very interesting how much Saigon and Cho Lon changed shortly after 1959-61 time period when I lived there as a Saigon Kid. By 1964 and after it seems to have become a completely different city from the beautiful French Colonial city of my memories. One thing I’ve noticed in these videos is the run down condition of most of the city and how much trash and litter there is on the streets. I remember in 1959-61 time period the street sweepers were on the streets with their long handled bamboo brooms sweeping and cleaning the streets of trash and litter every morning at sunrise.

As always, you are welcome to leave your comments below.


If you missed the previous parts of the series, you can view them here:

Deja Vu: Vietnam series Archives

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