When it comes to crossing the road, you’re an expert. You could do it with your eyes closed (that’s probably a bit of an exaggeration). Unless, you are in Vietnam, where everything you know goes out the window.
But how do you cross the street in Vietnam. Basically, there are a couple of cars, a billion motorbikes (and they don’t stop for anything, ok, slight exaggeration). So naturally, this means crossing the road is a little bit difficult. Instead of stopping of slowing down for pedestrians, everyone will just dodge you. It takes a bit of time to get used too.
So here are some handy tips from Footsteps Travel on crossing the road in Vietnam.
Handy Tips on Crossing the Road
- Approach the road with caution.
- Take out your phone and film the bikes, cars, buses and cyclists zooming. pass. It will make for a great instagram story.
- Put your phone back in your pocket. It’s game time.
- Focus! You will need to gauge your surroundings. Are the 5 bikes zooming up the side walk? Is there a bike going the wrong way? Take your time to figure out what is going on.
- Keep in mind, that the traffic drives on the other side of the road.
- When the road is relatively car/bike/bus free – keep in mind that it will never be entirely free of traffic, slowly walk onto the road.
- DO NOT RUN! Do not stop, and do not walk backwards.
- The traffic will slow and down and just weave around you.
- Just keep slowly walking, being aware of your surroundings.
- Before you know it, you’ll be on the other side
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Kieran Thorpe – Footsteps Travel