Feedbacks on our services
Please send your compliments or even complaints
If you wish to make an enquiry about a trip, please visit Contact Us, Book a Tour, Trip Planner.
Comments:
Your name:
Your email:
or Cancel

You are here:  » Travel Tips » General » Crossing the Street in Vietnam

Crossing the Street in Vietnam

Crossing the street in Hanoi or Saigon, or any other city in Vietnam can be an daunting. The traffic is maddening and chaotic, there seems to be no traffic rules, and there is not a working cross-walk in the country.  To help you cope with the action of crossing the street safely, here are a few tips that we picked up along the way:

Don't look both ways. In fact, it's better if you don't look at all, lest you lose your nerve. It is also a mistake to focus on the oncoming traffic. If you make eye contact with other road users, you automatically forfeit the right of way.

Don't hesitate. Waiting for a lull in traffic is hopeless, so if you want to get across, just go. And, when you're in the middle of the street, don't stop, keep going. Know that traffic will adjust to you.

Don't run! If anything is going to get you killed in Vietnam, it's attempting to run across the street. Take it slow, walk in a straight line, keep a steady pace, and traffic will flow smoothly around you.

Crossing the street in Vietnam is anything but pedestrian. But if you approach the problem with a healthy dose of newfound confidence you should live to tell the story.

See also other tips
Some tips for motorcycling in Vietnam
Shopping experience
How to get visa upon arrival to Vietnam
What to wear in Vietnam
Rules of the road when travel in Vietnam
Business Hours
Public Holidays
Vietnam Water
Tipping
Vietnam Communications
Vietnam Electricity
Vietnamese Food
Vietnam Health Tip
Currency Exchange in Vietnam
Registration
Check list before you leave home
What to bring when travel Vietnam
Weather in Vietnam
Footprint Vietnam Travel Day Tours