In Saigon, people are less patient to obey traffic rule as this man, just walk in the middle of the street.
A walking man
Foreigners find it’s difficult and danger to travel around by themselves in the city because of massive traffic of foot-passengers, cars, trucks and of course, motorcycles. But living in Saigon is moving, this is the most active city in Vietnam anyway. For me, I’ve already gotten used to it by keeping me stay concentrate to avoid accidents. But that’s isn’t the only way. For you who have just come to Saigon and feel hesitated about how to travel around in this city, there are some short of ways.
Bus: Although it’s cheap (4000VND) and easy, you aren’t going to like it in rush hour. The bus will literally stuck in between hundreds of motorcycles. It’s also very hot and dusty while waiting at bus stations. But if there is no other way and you have to take it, be careful while get on and get off, normally, it isn’t entirely stop for you to do that. Seem like bus drivers are so eager to get their passengers injured but the fact is that they don’t care no matter what’s going to happen to us.
Motorcycle taxi: Yes, this is better! These man are almost everywhere but it’s more expensive and fares depend on distances of the route. Pretty convenience! Anyway, I’d recommend you not to answer any random drivers who just pass by and ask for giving you a lift.
Motorcycle: If it’s ok, you’ll just need to have a license. Prices for a motorcycle in Vietnam are vary from 1000USD to 5000USD. It’s convenience and Vietnamese’s first choice. But the fuel price are going up, I have no idea what’s wrong with it!
Cars: You may give up the idea since you’ve known that car’s prices in Vietnam is very high. The government is desperately trying to lower importing rate in order to gain have a trading surplus. But if it’s in the budget, go for it, you won’t regret.
How about walk? Uhm.. it’d be great if you choose an apartment close to your working place. You don’t have to worry about traffic jam and there are very low percentage that you are going to be robbed (but don’t travel in deserted areas in midnight, especially in new area as district 7, or even district 4.) Walking is nice, really!
So, what’s your decision? Anyway, not only in Saigon, living is moving, right!?
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