Incredible drone footage shows Saigon’s changing face, 40 years on

How has the face of Saigon been changing over the last four decades since April 30, 1975? Watch this video for the answer

The construction site of a skyscraper is seen in downtown Ho Chi Minh City.

How has the face of Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City, been changing over the last four decades since April 30, 1975, when the country was reunified?

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If imagination fails you, the amazing aerial video below will tell.

The video, which compiles drone shots of different corners of a modernized, mesmerized Saigon, is produced by Tuoi Tre Online, the online edition of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, in celebrating the country’s 40th anniversary of reunification.

The last 40 years has seen Ho Chi Minh City continually changing its face, growing to become the most dynamic city of Vietnam, with its infrastructure, traffic, housing, and lifestyle undergone striking changes.


The footage begins with aerial views of the city’s downtown area, which is its busiest area where people have the highest income and living standard. The Bitexco Financial Tower, the highest skyscraper in the city, is also highlighted in the video as a new icon of Saigon.

Then comes the Phu My Hung urban area in District 7, which has grown from a wild marshland into a hub for expats who work and live in Vietnam.

The revamps of such canals as Tan Hoa-Lo Gom, Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe, and Tau Hu-Ben Nghe are considered the most significant infrastructure projects of Ho Chi Minh City. The black water of these canals have been turned green and inhabitable for fish, all of which is shown in the footage.

Stunning aerial views of the modern infrastructure structures in Saigon are also in the video.

These include the 55km Ho Chi Minh City – Long Thanh – Giau Day expressway, which enables people to travel from the city to the neighbor province of Dong Nai in only 40 minutes, or the Vo Van Kiet - Mai Chi Tho highway, considered the most beautiful and modern of its kind in Saigon.

Phu My Bridge, which connects the Thu Thiem New Urban Area in District 2 with Phu My Hung, is also a highlight of the city’s modernized traffic infrastructure.

The video also features other iconic bridges in Ho Chi Minh City, including the Saigon Bridge and Hang Xanh Flyover.

If you want to see a Saigon glittering at night in the dazzling light from skyscrapers, streets, and new residential areas, check this photo essay out.

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