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Aug 31 2012

That’s What I Call Traffic!

I think that most, if not all, of us have moaned and been stressed about the amount of traffic when desperately trying to get somewhere on time.  Well, take a look at this photo.  When I arrived in Ho Chi Minh City, I was astounded by, not just the amount of traffic, but the amount of motorcyclists.  It’s truly staggering.

 

Ho Chi Minh is notorious for this.  A fellow traveller had pre-warned me about the volume of traffic in the city but I just couldn’t really appreciate the scale until I got there.   I hope this picture gives a sense of what it is like.  She also gave me a good piece of advice for crossing the road, which I found very scary to do but it was effective.  Because the traffic never seems to cease, she said ‘just keep looking at the traffic and walk at a constant speed across the road; do not stop or change your speed.’  Walking at a constant speed gives motorists the chance to judge where the pedestrians will be so they can avoid a collision.  It’s a scary thing to do but it does work.  Whenever possible, I avoided crossing roads and followed local people as they crossed to the other side.

 

This certainly isn’t the best quality photograph.  I took it while I was on a bus leaving the city.  I included it as a Foto Friday post because it gives a real sense of the amount and type of traffic in the city.  In addition, if you look closely, you can see families on the motorbikes, which is a usual sight in Asia.  At the bottom of the photo, there is a woman on the back of a motorbike and she is holding two young children.

Independent Travel, Vietnam, Asia, Motorbikes, People

 

About the author

Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.

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