In late July, I spent just over a week in HCMC on business. This dynamic city of roughly 12 million people seems to be growing almost daily, and certainly after a 6 month break since my last visit, the impacts of rapid construction are evident everywhere. Despite the noise and frenetic pace, it is one of my favourite cities in Asia – there is an energy and dynamism in the air that reminds me a bit of New York. District One (Ben Thanh) in the centre of the city is quite walkable and features a large park at its centre which is a relative oasis of peace and quiet. A few photos taken with my phone can be seen by clicking on this link, or the embedded photo.