Vietnam

In Vietnam: A Travel Diary In Photos

Travel to Vietnam with Houston Public Media as our crew explores the country.

TV 8 Executive Producer Don Geraci and TV personality Lily Jang are in Vietnam for a couple of weeks producing a show for Houston Public Media’s year-long Vietnam initiative. Here’s a taste of what they’re experiencing on their trip.

Day 5: Chinese and colonial French antiques, farmhouse furniture from rural Vietnam, Art Deco chairs and coffee tables, even a barber's chair from a lost Saigon where you got a haircut streetside – in other words, on the curb – all make their way to Mr. Au's shop.

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    Day 5 in Saigon (Photo Credit: Houston Public Media)
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    Day 5 in Saigon (Photo Credit: Houston Public Media)
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    Day 5 in Saigon (Photo Credit: Houston Public Media)
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    Day 5 in Saigon (Photo Credit: Houston Public Media)

Day 4: It’s Saturday night in Saigon. Lily and friends escape the heat and chaos of the streets to the oasis of a Saigon rooftop at sunset, where views rival those of any western metropolis. Turns out a glass of wine and great conversation works as a recipe to unwind in Ho Chi Minh City as well as it does in Houston.

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    Day 4 in Saigon (Photo Credit: Houston Public Media)
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Day 3 in Saigon was a study in contrasts: fashion consultant and native Houstonian Adam Minh Vuong showed Lily the highs and lows of the Saigon fashion scene. And oh yes – the best banh mi in the city.

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    Lily in Vietnam Episode 3 (Photo Credit: Don Geraci | Houston Public Media)
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Day 2 in Saigon and we got a taste of the town – literally – as our foodie tour guides from Back of the Bike Tours (Ky, Tinh and Thien) scooter-ed us to fantastic, off-the-beaten-path hot spots where we savored the local scene.

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Day 1 of our week-long shoot in Saigon (aka Ho Chi Minh City). We dodged scooters to meet up with our friend and part-time Houstonian Tue Nguyen, Managing Director at Vietnamese ad agency Bates CHI & Partners. Tue introduced us to his staff of young, upwardly-mobile Vietnamese creatives and took us to a really fantastic restaurant that reminded us of home! – Don

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