In a rapidly developing city, the contrasts of sights on the streets are plain for all to see. Even the shiny red Louboutin shop is nestled between local craft shops and two street hawkers.
The chaotic overhead wires in this side street differ widely from the cable-free environs of the Opera House, only a few minutes walk away.
And then again, within close proximity is an alley which houses a tiny fraction of the city's millions of motorcycles.
The central tree-lined garden along Le Loi
shines anew compared to some of the older buildings, as yet unrestored, or awaiting demolition.
The new pyramidic tower of a bank, (what else?), overshadows an ochre colonial building
with its mildewed Empire gateposts.
An advert for a modern bath faces a rather unlikely setting.
And occasionally, as below, sights that have remained unchanged for decades.