WATCH: Crossing Ho Chi Minh's Notoriously Busy Roads

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With over seven million motorbikes and scooters in Ho Chi Minh City, crossing the road can be a terrifying ordeal. Nomad Jesse shows us how to cross safely, with confidence.


WATCH: Crossing Ho Chi Minh's Notoriously Busy Roads

If you've ever visited one of the major cities in Vietnam, you'll no doubt remember your first time trying to cross the busy streets.

Nomad Jesse takes his life into his own hands, and shares his top tips to get across safely.

Here's a hint: walk with confidence.

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  • Graeme said

    Spot on about the traffic in Hanoi Jesse and as you say the only way to cross these roads is to do it with an air of confidence, even if you don't feel it. But I would differ in one respect... you say look, I say don't look, at least not obviously. If you look too much you are likely to be intimidated and stop in the middle of the road when you shouldn't, causing confusion. If you just keep a sideways look out of the corner of your eye and just keep moving steadily and surely, as you say, the traffic will work around you. If you stop or move suddenly, chaos will ensue.

  • Jane Long said

    In India our guide told us to walk slowly when we crossed the street. This advice seemed counter-intuitive, but he said that if we go slowly ("like a turtle") the motorists with all manner of vehicles could calculate where we would be so they could steer around us. On the other hand, if we hurried, they would not be so able to judge how to miss us. This advice seemed to work there and also in Nepal, but crossing a street was often still unnerving.

  • Michael Morris said

    In my new novel, "Escape from Saigon", written with fellow Vietnam veteran Dick Pirozzolo, we describe the street scene as a place where locals "cross with eyes closed and a prayer on their lips," expecting drivers to avoid pedestrians so as not to damage their vehicles. I have experienced this firsthand, watching people walking through a maelstrom of fast-moving motorbikes unafraid and unscathed. Our book takes place entirely in Saigon in the month of April, 1975, as inhabitants anxiously await invasion by the communist North Vietnamese. Anyone traveling to Vietnam today should give it a read, to get a sense of the city then as compared to today, and to gain a better understanding and appreciation of its history. The book is available on For more information, visit

  • WllHarrrington said

    Watching the video on how to cross the streets made me homesick for Boston where Jaywalking is inbred.

  • Laryssa said

    Oh my gosh, yes. I had to do the same in Hanoi and was a nervous wreck, so much so on my first day that I only went places on one side of the street so I'd never have to cross!

  • Hanno said

    A word of caution: dozens of people get hit every day crossing the streets. Not looking or just walking blindly is bad advice. It was true 15-20 years ago when traffic was mostly motorbikes and bicycles, but big SUV's, trucks, and buses are not as nimble and will flatten you.

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