As you probably know by now, the traffic in Vietnam is insane. Motorbikes on the sidewalks; driving on both sides of the road; entire families on a single motorcycle; and the few stop lights here are completely ignored.
It is complete chaos, but the locals are unfazed by it.
Now, after two and a half weeks here, my family has gotten very good at crossing the street. In fact, we barely blink an eye at the continuous wave of motorbikes and a few taxis.
If you ever go to Vietnam, here are some tips for crossing the street:
- This one’s obvious–look the way the traffic is coming, which means both directions.
- Meet the eyes of the people driving straight at you. This will help them avoid you.
- When in the middle of the road, KEEP GOING AND DON’T STOP. Believe me, they will dodge you, even if it’s by just a hair.
- You don’t want to be arrested for jay-walking, but crosswalks don’t really matter here. To locals, it’s just white paint on the road with no meaning.
- Last and most importantly–be careful! According to our driver, 40 people a day die in traffic accidents in Vietnam.
Conclusion: Look confident, don’t hesitate, and hopefully you’ll make it across alive.
*If you follow these tips and you are hurt, don’t blame this guide.