Posted by: Bert and Tania | January 26, 2010

Ho Chi Minh City (a.k.a ‘HCMC’ or ‘Saigon’)

After Mango Bay we headed to Saigon but chose only to stop for a few hours as we don’t have much time in SE Asia and we’d heard Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, was more interesting. We had time, however, to discover that the telephone cabling and motorbike usage in Saigon are both nuts. Bike and cars don’t stop for pedestrians, rather they steer round them. This system relies on the pedestrians not stopping, as each motorbike rider is able to plot a route round them. If you stop, you might cause a crash. It is therefore actually safer to cross the road with your eyes shut (sort of).

Saigon also has the cheapest draft beer ever at 17p per glass. Nice.

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