I recently had the opportunity to travel to Vietnam for the first time and wanted to share some images from my travels to one of its major cities, Ho Chi Minh City.
Vietnam is a fascinating country but it is one that conjures up many preconceived images and emotions for many, mainly due to the conflict which gripped the country in the mid to late 20th Century.
But Vietnam is changing. Fast.
Here are 12 images that might give you a fresh perspective on this exciting, new south-east Asian country which is rushing headlong into the 21st Century.
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A women with a bicycle waits to cross a busy street in Ho Chi Minh City.
A young Vietnamese couple pose for wedding photos outside the Ho Chi Minh City Museum.
A man looks out from the viewing deck of the Bitexco Financial Tower in Ho Chi Minh City.
Traffic passes by the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica just after sunset.
Motorists wait at a traffic light near a colourful billboard in Ho Chi Minh City.
Worshippers inside the Jade Emperor Pagoda .
A woman carrying goods down a busy street in central Ho Chi Minh City.
A family ride a motorbike through flooded streets after a rainstorm.
A young Vietnamese wearing an air pollution mask.
A man eating a bowl of Pho, traditional Vietnamese noodles.
A tank sits outside the Ho Chi Minh City Museum.
Graffiti on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City.
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