Mielenkiintoinen huomio Vietnamilaisten tavasta tulkita liikennemerkkejä.

One Way

We'd like a fairly high percentage of you guys to be going this way, and if you aren't going that way try to stay over more or less on the right side of the road, if it's convenient.

Do Not Enter

If you enter here, be aware that there will probably be vehicles coming at you that you'll have to dodge. You'll probably want to keep towards the right side of the road.

Lane Marker

You might want to consider staying within this lane if you're a foreigner. It won't do you any good because the locals won't, but it might make you feel better. (Bikes and scooters wander all over the street, and the cars and trucks just dodge around them. At any given time, any lane appears to be OK for either direction, based on the conditions of the moment.)

Red Light

When you guys get around to it, you might consider stopping. That is of course presuming someone else wants to go through in the opposite direction. It would obviously be stupid to stop stop when there's nobody else trying to use this intersection.

Green Light

OK, it's your turn to go but don't get too wild about it since the guys responding to the stop sign will probably take a while to get around to stopping.

Orange Light

We're short on either red or yellow lights. Look at the position of the light and figure it out from there. Note the same rule applies for blue lights on the bottom.

No Light

Either the light is broken, temporarily or permanently; or it's in the middle of a very slow flashing yellow cycle. In any case, just quit whining and go through.
Now, this doesn't mean that chaos rules. It just means that the system is different, and you have to understand how it works to fit within it.

Walking here involves a certain amount of nerve. Sidewalks are used almost exclusively for commerce, work areas, or parking scooters. What they aren't used for much is walking. If you want to get anywhere, you pretty much have to walk along the edge of the street and just not get all excited about cars, scooters and cyclos whizzing by you. Crossing the street also requires some nerve. In Cairo and Bangkok, I found that if you were just patient you could get a clear spot in traffic after a short wait. In any busy part of Vietnam you would want a long time for that. With that in mind, you eventually just have to start crossing in the middle of traffic. Basically, you just start walking slowly across the street in the middle of traffic. You watch the vehicles to make sure they'll dodge around you, but you do have to assume that they will in most cases. You also can't ever really get a clear shot all the way across a busy road, so you have to watch one direction and wander over into the middle of the road while watching the vehicles coming at you, and then turn your head and watch the other direction as you cross the rest of it. Of course, that doesn't always work because other vehicles frequently cut corners or drive the wrong way or whatever else it takes.