This is a typical house in Saigon. OK- it's typical for wealthy people. Why is it soooo tall and so narrow? Land is very expensive and everyone wants to be on the main street. By the way, I recounted, and it's actually 10 floors straight up and 11 if you count the back area off the first floor. Not pictured is the massive outdoor iron gate and the massive "garage door" that lowers in front o the doors at the bottom. Each person has a remote control keychain to operate the "garage door" in case we get home and it's shut.