Dave and I have just spent 4 days in Saigon. It was like living in the middle of The Gumball Rally or Wacky Races. The population of Saigon, in the south of Vietnam, or Ho Chi Minh City as it is now known, is approximately 8 million people. The amount of motorbikes on the road is approximately 5 million. It is quite honestly bonkers. There are very few traffic lights, no obvious traffic lanes and hardly any pedestrian crossings – it’s basically a free for all. Crossing the road is a nightmare. Note the photo below; the 3 people on the motorbike to the far right actually going the wrong way!
A family of 4 on one motorbike, only one wearing a crash helmet.
Note the tourists trying to cross the road over near the white van! You literally just have to step out and go slowly and the bikes will swerve around you.