Living in HCMC | 2019-11-27← Back
Crossing the street in Saigon can seem like an ultra-realistic game of Frogger where you only get one life, so walk with purpose and be quick on your feet. For an expat who is a brand new resident of the city, crossing the street might be a frightening experience so here are six steps for you:
››First, check if your crossing has pedestrian traffic lights and if so wait for the green man!
››Enlist the help of a local. Vietnamese people are very friendly and most are more than happy to help you cross the road.
››Commit yourself to proceed. Every instinct in your body is screaming for you to stop and turn back, but don’t! Moving backwards can be more dangerous than continuing straight.
››Walk at an even pace and don’t dart through traffic. Head in a straight line and check for oncoming traffic. Unlike unrelenting traffic flow in the west, traffic in Vietnam usually moulds itself around you.
››Put your arm in the air. It makes you more visible and is an added precaution. Hopefully the arm will indicate to motorists that you are in fact crossing the street and to look out for you.
››Look out for buses and cars. They are big, fast and generally don’t stop for anything or anyone.
For more information on personal safety go to #KnowSafetyNoAccidents UK Consulate Launches it’s Safety Campaign