In cities like Hanoi or Saigon, where there are very few pedestrian lights, many people cross a red light, and thousands of motorbikes are not following the rules, crossing the road is an unforgettable experience. Here are 6 essential tips we have learned from our life just to cross the road in Vietnam:
1. Be courageous
Traffic will not stop for you, like most opportunities in life are not natural that. You will have to pursue what you want, whether you cross the road or find a new job. As the famous saying “Luck comes to the brave”, remember that every time you procrastinate with fear.
2. ”Forget” the standards of crossing
If you plan on coming to Vietnam, be prepared to forget everything you are taught about crossing, such as 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.
3. Maintain stability
Drivers predict you will cross the road at a steady pace. They will look at you and get out. If you suddenly stop, you will mess it up. Therefore, keep pace and believe that people around you will not rush at you.
4. Pay attention to the vehicles coming towards you
There is no better way to cross the road, because of the fact that traffic is a nightmare in big cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
The streets are always full of cars and motorcycles, but pedestrians cross the road easily. How could they do it? You only need to pay attention to the direction of movement of the vehicles, look for space and then slowly cross but don’t stop.
It sound dangerous, but it’s really interesting experienced. Overcoming crowds is not a bad thing. The miracle is that nobody stabbed you.
5. Do not stand in front of the bus
This type of vehicle cannot stop easily, but with motorcycles, you should not worry, because they can avoid you. Standing in front of the big bus also make you lose a view that can not see bikes or cars coming from the losing side cause by the bus.
6. Avoid rush hours
According to statistics in early 2020, the number of registered motorcycles in Vietnam is over 45 million. During the rush hours, the weekends and the Vietnam holidays, the number of motorbikes is too many. Avoid going out in the rush hours (7.00 am to 10.00 am in the morning and 16.00 pm to 17.00 pm in the afternoon). It will take you hours to reach your destination.