We spoke to locals and expats living in both cities to find out what they think of their ‘rival’ up north or down south. Is Hanoi really that more traditional? And is Saigon really the place of business and all things modern and new?

Every year, thousands of young, educated Hanoians make the move to Saigon in search of employment. Why is this happening and what does it mean for Hanoi?

Street vendors on bicycles can be found the length and breadth of Vietnam. We speak to four two-wheeled vendors to find out more about their lives and why they do what they do.

When it comes to the Vietnamese language, as far as Hanoi is concerned, their dialect is superior. But is that really the case?

You can get up to a lot in 24 hours in Ho Chi Minh City, so we ask Saigon resident, filmmaker and DJ, Linh Phan, to give us a taste.

From Khmer port and trading hub to the megacity it is today, Saigon has been built, razed to the ground, and once again rebuilt. Now it’s going through a facelift. 

Edward Dalton traces the history of Hanoi, a city that has time and again struggled with foreign invasion and influence. 

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