Tuesday, May 25, 2010
One my last afternoon in Saigon I witnessed an interesting scene on the street. Two different motorbikes were roaring through the street against traffic and both had gun waiving passengers on the back. I had a clear look at the guns. The first one looked real to me and the second was definitely a fake. Vietnamese citizens are not allowed to own guns. So either these guys had just robbed someone or stolen some motorbikes. Vietnam is generally a tightly controlled country that is very safe. I was surprised by the lack of police presence there. You see almost no police anywhere. I compare this to NYC where there are police EVERYWHERE. I talked to some Vietnamese about the police and they assured me there are secret police that we don't see.