Sleepless in Saigon

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 A book stall at the intersection of Dong Khoi and Le Loi in District 1. Hoa, the owner, opens her "shop" at 7 p.m. every night.

 Do Thi Ngoc My, 54, earns about VND30,000-100,000 a day by trading scrap and selling ornamental plants. She wanders around the city by day and rests in Phu Nhuan District by night. My said she has been homeless for 20 years since her parents sold their house to cover medical costs. Her mother died from cancer, while her father died from pneumonia.

 Two members (in helmets) of a youth group who often distribute food, drink and money to homeless people along Cach Mang Thang Tam Street' in Tan Binh District after midnight.

 A gift, including an envelope containing money, is placed next to a sleeping cyclo driver.

 A drinking party among ceramic traders from nearby Long An Province on a boat at District 8's Binh Dong Wharf. The wharf on the Tau Hu Canal often functions like a floating market.

 A shop at the city's biggest flower market Ho Thi Ky. Flowers, delivered from the Central Highlands town of Da Lat, are arranged on shelves, ready for business the next morning.

 A South Korean tourist (L) is having her portrait drawn by Thanh, a street artist, next to Ben Thanh Market. Each costs VND50,000.

 A homeless man and a xe om driver

 A street vendor near Gia Dinh Park in Go Vap District. She said she often works until after midnight. She said she came from the central province of Quang Ngai with a hope that she will earn enough money to open a business in her hometown.

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