Vietnam today is, of course, a different place than in the previous century. Changes have been significant in government, infrastructure, morale and population assimilation. Wealth is available and products that wealthy people want is visible in the shops. Urbanization is underway up and down the country. But many people are still poor. Nevertheless, they labor, mostly with a smile. Evidence of their work is everywhere.
Every area of Hanoi is packed with sellers of goods and services. People live and sleep in their shops. Some streets and sections of the city are dedicated to particular items. Being an admirer of color, I am particularly drawn to the floral displays and flower stalls, many supplied by vast fields of flora cultivated along the banks of the Red River in the suburbs of Hanoi.