Ho Chi Minh (Saigon): Where Everyone Knows Bill Clinton's Name

You cannot miss that Saigon, as natives still call this city, is booming. Writer Gemma Price reports the swinging spots -- Blanchey's Tash, Chill's (sky bar and lounge, and restaurant) and Bobby Chinn's whose specialty is seafood ceviche with coconut truffle sauce) are hopping every night. She also says shopping is first rate at Huong' fabrics, Tailor Dung's the Saigon mini mall (full of international luxury goods), and the main city market, Ben Thanh. For this resurgence Bill Clinton who signed the 1994 Act lifting the trade embargo on Vietnam is given a great deal of credit by the Vietnamese, whose economy was faltering until then.  Of course, there was some bipartisan Senatorial support for this move, but in the mind of the residents, he gets the credit, and if he chose to move here and run for office, he might do well indeed. In the same vein, Bella Abzug who first announced to the South Vietnamese who were desperately low on ammunition that the U.S. would not advance them...(Read Full Article)

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