Friday, May 1, 2009

Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon (Vietnam)

Peering out of my plane as it made its descent over Saigon, I noticed how, without tree cover Saigon looked so uninviting and bare. Packed with mainly low-rise buildings, Saigon is home to 9 million people.

The first thing that struck me were the thousands of motor-bikes whizzing by like flies. Like a charging army they take up every inch of road space. Pedestrians need to be alert all the time as a motor-bike may come upon you with a suddenness that can panic you into an accident.

The trick in crossing safely is to walk slowly without any hesitation and let the traffic flow around you. Crossing in a group is helpful.

Watch the video below to see how I crossed the road jam-packed with bikes.

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