In any country, driving culture and etiquette, or a lack thereof, is a window into that society. Vietnam is no exception. Here’s my take on being an active participant-observer of transportation in Vietnam on a part-time basis since 1996 and full-time since 2005. I ride a bike but not in the city. Yes, I wear a helmet because I value brain function over vanity. I’ve never owned a motorbike. I am a frequent pedestrian who has had too many death-defying experiences in city traffic to recount in a single article. My main mode of transportation is a car. What is it like driving in Vietnam? Much like the country itself, never boring, always an adventure. What to expect? The unexpected – virtually every minute of every day that you’re on the road. Drive defensively and, when need to be, offensively. Protect yourself, your passengers, and everyone else on the road. A tall order? Welcome to the crazy world of driving in Vietnam. The hierarchy Respect the hierarchy; it determines the rules of the road, such as they are. The following are ranked from top to bottom based on the level of respect each deserves: 1. Tractor trailers, buses, cement trucks, garbage trucks 2. Those crazy little… Read full this story
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