How to Cross a Street in Vietnam – Traffic In HCMC

Take one car and place circa 15 scooters around it, each having its own little direction agenda which it will stick to no matter what. Multiply this by 10. And now, cross the street!

 

That the traffic is just mad in Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon is no secret. Though I had been to Saigon before I was again surprised by how crazy it is! One day we went up to OMG Bar Saigon, a beautiful roof top bar located close to the Ben Thanh market and its roundabout. While sipping cocktails I just couldn’t stop watching the traffic life on the roundabout. Have you ever disturbed a little ant trail and the ants started off running around like chickens without heads? Well that’s the picture that I had in my head when looking at this roundabout..

 

Though scary at first, it is actually quite easy to cross a street in Vietnam. The secret is NOT to wait until there are no scooters or cars anymore (that’s never gonna happen). The secret is to JUST WALK. But don’t walk blindly either. Wait until you have a bit of space until the next scooter comes (don’t go on a suicide mission and simply jump in front of a scooter that is 2 meters away), then start walking. ALWAYS look to the direction of the incoming traffic. You may stop if necessary (not suddenly though!) and incidate to scooters / cars that you will let them pass or that they have to let you pass. But never, NEVER, walk back! People expect you to keep on walking – they integrate this into their subconscious assessment of the situation. You don’t want to surprise them by doing the opposite! So don’t pull any weird moves and happy crossing :)

 

Traffic Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Rush Hour Traffic Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Rush Hour Traffic Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Traffic Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Traffic Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Traffic Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Traffic Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Traffic Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Traffic Saigon Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Share:

1 Comment

  1. September 15, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    I remember my first visit to India and wandering around with my jaw dropped most of the time wondering how the heck I was ever going to cross a street in the madness of it all! You have to say a few prayers then just walk out on to the road as no one will stop for you, sounds the same as Vietnam! You learn that everyone actually drives incredibly defensively – they have to with that many people on the road with no apparent road rules!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv