Vietnam has long been famous for the challenging culture nuances, especially towards ones who are from Western countries. Despite differences in backgrounds and customs, visitors coming to Vietnam can completely adapt and avoid culture shock if you are willing to welcome things with an open mind, a good observation, a bit sense of humors and some useful notes from Sens Asia Travel.
With various lanes, twisting intersections and lots of motorbikes, traffic in Vietnam’s urban cities is one of the oddest properties among Southeast Asia.
Top tips for travelers are avoiding rush hours or well plan any airport transfer if it is overlap rush hours. Between 8.00 AM – 9.00 AM and 5.00 PM – 6.30 PM, Hanoi and Saigon are stuffed with vehicles lining up the narrow streets. In raining seasons, the traffic jams become a chaotic scene due to the downpour floods. Taxis are extremely hard to catch during this time. Though, in comparison to other countries’ average 2-hour traffic jams, it only takes around 30 hours to get through the worst scenario here.
A common fear for many travelers to Vietnam: The traffic
For those who travel on foot, learning how to cross a Vietnamese road full of motorbikes, cars and bicycles is an essential skill. The tip to “survive” should be no hesitation at any moment! Let’s imagine Vietnamese traffic was a fish-catching session, you are the baiters who slowly control your rod (movements) and make no sudden movements. Seeing you crystal-clear, the drivers will alter theirs navigation accordingly. In other words, let the vehicles avoid you, not the otherwise.
Also, you should get used to walk carefully on the road since pavements are occupied by street stalls and motorbike parking. As moving from sides to sides, where you will be face-to-face with the traffic, you might want to watch your back and keep your belongings safe.
Vietnamese food diversity is an extra point for any travelers or foodies. From North to South, you can taste hundreds of different flavors and unique recipes regarding each region or tradition. However, in Vietnam, the street food culture is one of the most prevailing aspects that may bring you both excitements and worries.