Photo by Sian Kanavagh

Hanoi and Saigon wake up as the first neon lights are switched on at night. When the people come out and play, these metropolises illuminate with life.


Nights in the city revolve around the people; evenings start with friends and family sharing food and stories after work, relaxing and enjoying their time. Soon, many find themselves ensnared in di nhau, singing, drinking.


These photos were taken in the Bui Vien area of Saigon, a location where many people don’t start working until the sun has left the sky. Their nights are filled with energy, selling lottery tickets, gum or snacks to fund their daily life. Some perform on the streets, others work in bars, cafes or restaurants, while a small few play less salubrious games to make their way.


To know, enjoy, and love Vietnam is to spend long nights on the streets, talking to the people, and seeing everything there is to offer. 


Photos by Bao Zoan, Sian Kavanagh & Rodney Hughes / July 2016

Sian Kavanagh

A Liverpool-born writer who has lived in Amsterdam, Oregon, US and now Ho Chi Minh City, Sian recently graduated with a BA in Journalism from the University of Oregon. When she's not busy with Word Magazine, Siân is volunteering in media production for the Vinacapital Foundation, and is passionate about salsa dancing, exploring Vietnamese cuisine, and hanging out with her 11-year-old French Bulldog.


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