One of the most incredible experiences in Ho Chi Minh City is to drive a motorbike. When you arrive for the first time in the city you can’t avoid commenting on the craziness of the traffic, the multitude of bikes and (according to us) the lack of rules. However, you also noticed the gracefulness of such madness, and you want to be part of it. You buy or rent a motorbike and jump on it. Here are some of the gains you can expect.
You encounter a different rhythm
Traffic is usually slow, and roads are crowded, this is why you must drive at the same rhythm than the others; in other words: do as others do. And that’s a great lesson. In Occident, we are concerned about getting ahead and the faster we can; but sometimes, we just have to accept and play by someone else’s rules: to drive at a different rhythm, and enjoy it. Even if roads are crowded, we get where we want to get and that the most important thing!
You increase your level of observation
Because there are so many drivers around you, you have to pay attention everywhere. By keeping awareness on others, you learn to observe, and your level of observation grows.
You get pleasure
To enjoy the other ones’ smiles and curiosity is nice and to get more attention is always a great feeling.
You increase your curiosity
There are so many incredible drivers here in HCMC carrying fridge, animals, half a dozen kids at the same time… We can’t help it, we wonder how they do it. That’s a fantastic feeling because curiosity is a source of energy and vitality.
You learn to find alternatives
If your motorbike breaks down: you can find easily someone to fix it in HCMC. There is always a plan B in Vietnam!
Be aware that driving a motorbike in HCMC is also a dangerous experience. Each year some 11,000 Vietnamese, and many foreigners die in bike accidents.
Fancy to take a motorbike driving course? “Ride with me” teach you how to drive safely a motorbike. You will learn there the basic functions, bike controls, practice on their open range area, and follow an instructor onto the Saigon roads. More info HERE