In Saigon, as the majority of people still call Ho Chi Minh, there are very few traffic lights, signs, or even rules that are obeyed and enforced. Crossing the street can be terrifying for those of us who come from countries with firm traffic laws, but it does get easier! Here are a couple of tips and tidbits that I picked up.
1) Don’t assume that drivers will obey traffic lights if you happen to be at an intersection that actually has them. One of my tour guides, who has a great sense of humour, joked that orange means go faster and red means be on the lookout for a policeman.
So, even if there is a traffic light and it’s obviously green, don’t have a heart attack if you see cars and motorbikes coming your way…even though their light is RED.
2) If you’re at an intersection with no traffic lights, you probably won’t cross the street without stopping at some point because of all the motorbikes that zig-zag and beep their way from point A to point B.
Don’t worry about stopping. The bikers will just drive around you – you won’t get hit!
Seriously! Believe it or not, check out the video I made to help you! 😀
If I can do it, you can, and I was frozen in fright the first time I had to cross the street. I’ve never seen so many motorbikes in my life! Saigon has one of the highest population densities in the world, and there are over 4 million motorbikes! There are far more motorbikes than cars, trucks, and buses combined.
You can do it! Have a BLAST in Ho Chi Minh! 😀