We really take the little things for granted in the USA, like not having to share the road with mules, comically over-burdened bicycles and crazy pieced together vehicles. But in Vietnam all of these things coexist (not exactly in harmony either).
All of these photos were taken by our close friend Vi just a few weeks ago in Vietnam. In addition to the photos, you absolutely have to watch the completely insane videos she took of the traffic in downtown Saigon. It is truly, unbelievable. People pay zero attention to any sort of traffic signal, and as a result it is a complete free-for-all.
Here’s the video of an intersection in Saigon:
Next comes a guy delivering some sort of giant, carved wooden furniture on an old tricycle he has to pedal. It’s hard to believe these little people eat rice and carry this kind of heavy crap around on bikes!
And the fact that they are doing this in the midst of completely insane traffic is … well, insane.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not telling you that the bicyclists or motorcyclists are victims. In fact, they are contributing equally to the shared insanity. Just watch the following video and you’ll see the people on two wheels acting far crazier than their four wheeled counterparts.
Take a look at this mule pulling a completely overloaded cart down the road. The little guy riding on top of the stack must be about 8-10 feet off the ground, and he’s just laying there relaxing. Someone should call PETA.
Not only is it spitting out god only knows how much in pollution, but we’re cutting down the trees that could otherwise clear the air!
Of course, in the end, if you don’t have a mule, bike, moped, or home-built car, you just have to pull the load yourself.
EDIT: Thanks to Ziggy for the comment below, here is another video of the traffic in Saigon. It might not be that unusual for the locals, but it’s completely foreign for anyone from North America.