HCMC is legendary for its chaotic and frenetic traffic.
At first glance, the sheer numbers and chaos on the roads can be intimidating. Observing the street from one of the many high rise buildings in the city, it appears as an army of ants scurrying around without any rhythm or valuable reason to do so.
However, once you enter the biomass and spend some time learning the traffic’s rhythm, getting around town isn’t as difficult as it initially seems. The principal means of transportation include walking, motorbikes, buses, cars, taxis, xe ôm, and bicycles.
However, mass transit takes a back seat to personal transport. HCMC has some of the highest personal transportation market shares outside of North America and it is estimated that personal vehicle travel is 92%, leaving just 8% for mass transit. Motorbikes remain the most popular mode of transportation but cars are becoming more popular among the population.
Car ownership is rising 20% annually, which is more than twice the growth rate for motorbike ownership. If this trend continues, the city’s infamous traffic jams will be even more congested.