Chief editor and co-founder of Word Vietnam, Nick Ross was born in the humble city of London before moving to the less humble climes of Vietnam. His wanderings have taken him to definitely not enough corners of the globe, but being a constant optimist, he still has hopes.
One of Saigon's most photographed and iconic attractions went up in flames late on Tuesday night.
While most bars close at 12pm, the joints on Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen manage to prop their shutters open until the early hours.
The rivalry between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City is based on more than just history. Think Liverpool and Everton or the Jets and the Giants. Like two local football teams, the supporters are from the same family, but have simply angled their allegiances in a different way.
From climate to geographical location, history to colonialism, Vietnam's two great cities are as similar as they are different.