How to Cross the Road in Vietnam... Safely

For visitors who travel to Vietnam for the first time, transportation here is a sweet nightmare, scary but interesting. Let’s find out with us how to cross the road in Vietnam safely.

How to Cross the Road in Vietnam... Safely

Transportation in Vietnam
Vietnam is a nation of motorcycles. The main means in Vietnam are scooters, compact motorcycles (including electric cars), and even bicycles. Every day, it is estimated that more than 3 million motorbikes join the traffic. The streets are always crowded with cars and motorbikes. Many foreign visitors to Vietnam have been overwhelmed by the number of motorbikes on the streets.
 
In large cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh or Danang, only large roads have traffic lights, and no parking or give-way signs. Vehicles move at a speed of about 25km/h, quickly or slowly depending on the time of day. The flow of people in traffic is extremely crowded.
 
The secret to cross the road in Vietnam
"If you plan to go to Vietnam, be prepared to forget everything you are taught about crossing, like waiting for vehicles to stop, pedestrian crosswalks and traffic lights. In Vietnam, people cross the road by going straight ahead and making their own way while the cars are still running. That's the only way", said Sumitra - a foreigner who had been to Vietnam.

Although the traffic is full of roads, the people here control the motorbikes quite slowly and carefully to observe and avoid hitting the pedestrians. On busy roads with lots of motorbikes and cars, pedestrians can still move easily. They focus heavily on moving vehicles, search for gaps and step through them slowly but surely.
 
Be courageous, going slow and not stopping
Be courageous, going slow and not stopping are the main keywords you need to remember when crossing the road in Vietnam. It is a fact that if you are afraid, you cannot cross the road in Vietnam. Be brave and step down the road. All you need to do when you cross the street is to walk slowly, and do not stop. When you cross the road slowly, then the motorcycles will avoid you. But if you suddenly stop or accelerate suddenly, you are more likely to be hit by means.
 
Avoid rush hours
From 7-9 am and 5-7 pm is rush hour in Vietnam. This is also the time when the vehicles are most crowded. Limiting go out during these hours can also help you cross the road more easily. Instead, you can find a cafe to relax and observe the street.
Search for pedestrian bridges or pedestrian tunnels
On large roads, there are usually many pedestrian bridges or tunnels. If you do not want to cross the street on an adventure, go along the curb, and you will see pedestrian bridges or tunnels. At this time, crossing the road is too simple and easy.
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