Take a ride with me in the morning to see the kids (VIDEO)
It was relatively quiet today so its not as busy as it usually is…but you will get the idea. From 3:00 is when I pull up to the orphanage.
Riding in HCMC is awesome! I’ve loved every minute of it, apart from the time a car came head on at me in daylight, and the time the same thing happened at night (and I had no depth perception)…oh and the time I pulled out in front of a truck that was behind another truck…and the time that I got really really lost! Other than a few scary moments its a fun experience if you just trust in the “process.
The horn is your friend. You use it to say “I am coming up behind you”, “I am passing you (if they think you might turn), “please move for me” and numerous other things.
The rule is to just worry about what is in front of you and respect those ahead of your path. Everyone behind you will work around you, so don’t make too many sudden moves (unless you have to).
If its hot wear sun protection (long jacket and gloves), always take your rain jackets and invest in a decent face mask. The pollution here is SO bad and made me feel quite ill the first few days. My one is kick ass and seems to do the trick. I also put a few drops of essential oil in it so that it smells lovely too.
You can fit up to 6 people on a bike (true story)
You can use your bike as a bed (men are always napping on them)
You can carry ANYTHING on your bike
The louder your horn and louder your exhaust the more people will watch out for you
If you are turning you can sneak through the lights
If the police pull you over don’t speak english, sing a song, speak maori or speak the words to ‘Uma rapati’
Helmets were only made legal a few years ago and people seem to wear them out of obligation. They look like dress up helmets.
People train their dogs to sit on the front of the bike
Kids are bottle fed on the bike, kids sleep on the bike (while traveling through traffic)
Kids have special pillows so they can rest their heads on the speedo while mum/dad drives
Vietnamese always look surprised to see a westerner riding, especially if there is a Vietnamese on the back of the bike
If you every get a chance to do this, its a must. Its a test of physical and mental skill and something I love doing.
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