Ho Chi Minh City – Saigon
If you have noticed, there are far, far more motorcycles and bikes than cars here. In saying so, it is very rare to find any car parking spaces around, if not underground. People usually park their bikes all over the street (mostly in a uniform manner). Motorbikes are far more practical for these people with narrow roads, a dense population & for those who simply cannot afford any other form of transportation.
Through my experience, I noticed that these people hardly ever like to brake & wait (you may to refer to the 2nd top picture for proof). Even after the traffic light has turned bright red, you would see many people still driving through for almost 30 seconds. & when the light turns bright green, you can practically feel the rush of the people driving off each time. Now, imagine this at road junctions where drivers don’t stop and keep on moving in all directions regardless of red traffic light or innocent bystanders trying to cross the road. It’s madness!
In saying so, you have to believe me when I tell you, these people are masters of swerving around people and other vehicles without having to brake much. Anyone who visits Vietnam should definitely try out the “tourist experience” by walking to the other side of a busy road via Zebra Crossing. You don’t have to worry, the roads are always busy
with nobody paying much attention to the red light and all.
The rules are:
- Don’t run.
- Don’t sprint.
- Walk with confidence (without change in any speed).
This will enable the drivers to predict your movements better and reduce your chances of getting hit. I’ve tried it myself multiple times, and it definitely is worth a try
if you have as much confidence in their driving and swerving skills as I do. You will most likely experience vehicles missing you by several inches at full speed. It’s awesome!
Below are just some of the landmarks I wanted to touch on and some shots of the merchandise that were being sold there. Please excuse some of the few pictures, as I took them in a moving taxi cab 🙂
This market opens from 6am to 6pm. After 6 pm, the shops in the building closes and the instead, stalls are opened outside, surrounding the building, becoming a night market until midnight. Shots of the process will be in the next post. Stay tuned!
- NIGHT Scenes
- BBQ Night
Welcome to my budgeted Vietnamese BBQ experience! It’s a pretty short post, mainly because my travel gang and I decided to try it out around after midnight just for the experience, & at the same time I got a lot of stares for taking pictures. Ahahaha. I actually had a waiter come up to me and ask if I aspired to be a photographer one day, just after taking 2 shots! Anyway, I hope you enjoy the post!
- The last 2 hours