Traffic in Ho Chi Minh City


I’ve been in a lot of cities with crazy traffic. Boston has no lane markers on the roads and few street signs. I once thought that was bad.

Bangkok has congestion that means traffic jams at any hour of the day or night.

Moscow is still the only city I’ve been where I felt as a pedestrian that the cars were genuinely trying to kill me.

But still, nothing quite prepared me for Ho Chi Minh City. Every road has an endless stream of scooters carrying 1-5 passengers. Nobody stops, ever. Traffic merges and splits in a continuous and chaotic process that feels a lot like a river. Trucks and buses ease out into traffic and the little particles flow smoothly around them. Or sometimes they don’t…

Observe.