One striking thing about the streets of Saigon is that there are always little stools everywhere. On our first night there, we went to a night market, and were surprised to see many of the vendors pull a stool up in front of their stall, and just eating there after closing shop. As it turns out, this was a pretty common way for the locals to enjoy their meals and rest their feet.
Street food vendors like these were commonplace in the city, and locals just pull up a stool and start eating.
These stools are often seen around various establishments, and seem to belong to the security guards that can be found at just about every building, who also serve as solicitors and guides. The guards can often be seen chatting with friends on these stools.
Stools outside a gated structure. These don’t appear to belong to any nearby stall.
I ventured to a local park one morning to get a sense of the sorts of recreational activities participate in. There were many school age kids there, playing all sorts of games. There was also a group of young kids inexplicably dancing, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse-style, in the middle of the park.
Something else you don’t see often is badminton in the middle of the street. The courts are painted on the streets, and groups of people just played. Every few minutes, a motorcycle or car would drive by, temporarily disrupting the game.
Overall, I get the sense that the simple pleasures of life are still very much enjoyed here.