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The scooter is the primary means of transportation for the residents of Ho Chi Minh City in particular and Viet Nam in general. Scooters come in all colors, generally have fairly low horsepower motors, run on gasoline and seat from one to five people. Typically a young person would start out with a small scooter and then once married upgrade to a larger scooter or simply buy a larger seat to accommodate their new spouse. As children arrive, they would again be faced with upgrading or buying a large seat to hold the growing family. Scooters are very agile and adept at navigating not only broad boulevards but also narrow streets. In areas where parking is a premium, the scooter often can make it’s own parking space. This collection of scooter photos showcases various ways scooters are relied upon and tended to in Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam with a population around 3.5 million.

Gary Morris