Scooter City

I left five degree Vancouver and arrived in thirty degree Ho Chi Minh City to discover it’s really scooter city.

On my first day, I took a stroll to Ben Nghe River where Styrofoam undulated with water plants as boats moved upstream. Fishers lined the walkway with their rods and nets.

Ben Nghe River, Ho Chi Minh City

Crossing roads was a challenge. While cars and scooters weaved around me ignoring the zebra crossings, the worst was to come. I thought I was safe on the footpath, but I soon learned — not in HCMC. When traffic slowed drivers zoomed on to the footpath. At one stage I found myself squeezed between two scooters going in the opposite direction.

One of many drivers who rode the footpaths

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