HCMC Dining Guide

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Rush Hour

One of the biggest differences between Saigon and an American city is the level of noise in the Vietnamese metropolis. Saigon's streets are almost always crowded with various forms of transportation, and the cacophony of bus air horns, motorbike engines, and honking taxis can really give one a headache. To illustrate, below is a video taken from the intersection nearest my house in Saigon during afternoon rush hour; followed by a video from the intersection down the street from my family's home in the New Orleans neighborhood of Lakeview at the same time of day.




 Boy was that one car loud.

Now, to be fair, I don't actually live directly on those Saigon streets. Fortunately, most housing there is located down alleys, or hems, that branch off the main streets and are often barely wide enough for two motorbikes to pass each other. They are mercifully quiet. But the chaos of the arterial streets is still astounding.

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