Skating in Ho Chi Minh City can be tough. Traffic is heavy, and the pavement is uneven. There is some respite, though. Outside the city and at the end of a long and dusty road stands the only skate park in town. Built in 2013, the park costs a little over $2 to get in. It is a little run-down and the roof leaks, especially during the rainy season. Despite this, young people who skate in the park are happy with it and can’t imagine asking for anything more. It is a place where the skateboarders feel as if they can be themselves. At the shop, the skateboarders put on a serious face, all business. But when they get to the skate park, they open up, showing off their tattoos and laughing as they skate. Skateboarding is relatively new to Vietnam but is gaining in popularity every day.
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