Saigon is not a beautiful city. Some of the older buildings left by the French are handsome enough, notably the City Hall and the main post office, and recent development has brought some shiny new office buildings and big hotels:
But if you get beyond the Dong Khoi district, you will find many less fresh looking buildings:
There are also buildings that seem nostalgically European, without quite being something one would actually find in Europe:
I only noticed one fire escape:
The dim shape in front of the ladder is a mesh tube running through metal rings (open on the side facing the ladder).