My friend and I were in Vietnam on the last leg of our South East Asia travels. We’d been in SE Asia for a couple of months and were feeling a bit jaded and tired.
We were travelling the world and Vietnam was our last country before we would fly to Australia to see in the New Year. Vietnam was a country that I was so excited to visit. The country had fascinated me ever since I first learnt about the Vietnam War and I’d longed to visit to see what the country was like with my own eyes.
My first impressions though as we arrived in Ho Chi Minh City were ones of traffic, noise and chaos – it was overwhelming!
One of my major memories of our time there was learning how to cross the busy roads! Who knew that we would have to learn how to cross a road again!!
The amount of traffic was immense, with most of the vehicles being mopeds and there seemed to be no rhyme or reason to the chaos! It was like nothing I had ever experienced before!
Teetering on the edge of roads we watched what other people were doing.
It seemed that you just had to take the leap and step out into the road, walk with purpose at a steady pace and hope that the traffic would just weave around you!
It seemed to work! Initially we were not brave enough to do this on our own – we snuck along behind a local (or a monk who we thought might offer us added protection!) as they knew what they were doing.
After a bit of practice we managed to tackle the roads on our own, but it was still a hair raising experience!
I love this photo which captures such a calm moment in a what is a frenetic city! The girl is so elegant and poised in her coral-ish coloured Ao Dai, as she strides out into the traffic with bags full of confidence, showing how it’s done!
I haven’t returned to Vietnam since that trip, so I can only imagine what the traffic is like there these days!
Disclaimer: As usual when I use photos from our trip, I must state that my friend and I had one digital camera between us (What?!!! I hear you cry! Yes, it’s true! Read more about how our travel tech has changed here!). It is therefore now impossible to know who, out of the two of us, took the photos (the memory fades quickly!!)! I must therefore also credit my friend for this photo. Whoever took it, I love it!
Posted as part of the Friendly Friday challenge – Coral-ish Colours