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Waiting for Saigon

A photographic travel journal across Vietnam by train.

The Reunification Express – one of the slowest express trains in the world – was built by the French in 1936, destroyed during the Vietnam War and rebuilt in 1976. It links Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. Swiss photographers Stéphanie Borcard and Nicolas Métraux were fascinated by its slow pace and name and have called their photo essay Waiting for Saigon. The train evokes a sad past and a peaceful present.