Whilst in Saigon the city was preparing itself for Tết, (the lunar new year), erecting illuminated flowers over some of the central roads, or bedecking the columns of shopping malls with peony patterned wallcoverings
or completely covering a capitalist institution with a communistic colour
or having photographs taken in front of the French colonial style city hall, with a statue of Uncle Ho with a youngster on his knee
and real life youngsters being rewarded for their endeavours with an ice cream.
The snake is on its way, replacing the gnarly dragon. Thailand has many of Chinese origin, so it is a huge celebration here, (not to be confused with the new year on the first of January, or the Thai new year in mid-April). But as it's more open for business as usual here, it is a popular destination for those in the Chinese dominated region, and we alone have friends from Singapore, Hong Kong and Vietnam visiting.