1. Their pedestrian sidewalks are wide.
2. They have tree-lined streets.
3. They have well-maintained and landscaping in center islands.
4. They don’t have ridiculously colored “roadside furniture” (pink fences and pink toilets), as MMDA calls theirs.
5. There are trash bins at almost every corner.
6. They have many parks with lush greenery and tall trees scattered around the city.
7. They don’t have traffic enforcers but somehow the flow of vehicles is continuous.
8. They don’t have maniacal bus and jeepney drivers clogging their roadways.
9. Even with the millions of motorcycles on the road, there isn’t a single one with a modified muffler to make the motorcycle noisier.
10. Even with the millions of motorcycles on the road, the air is much more breathable than Metro Manila.
10 Things I Observed as a Pedestrian in ho Chi Minh City
1. Motorcycle riders in Ho Chi Minh City, young or old, man or woman, are skilled at avoiding pedestrians.
2. Pedestrian sidewalks serve as alternate routes in case of traffic congestion.
3. A motorcycle can be used to deliver furniture, big boxes, flower arrangements and even a huge glass panes. No need for delivery trucks.
4. A family of four can fit comfortably on a motorbike. And it is allowed by the law, as long as the children are below 7 years old.
5. Few people use the pedestrian sidewalks walking to their destination. Motorcycles are the main mode of mobility. Even on sidewalks.
6. Even construction workers have their own motorcycles to go to work.
7. There is valet parking at some establishments. The valets are skilled not only in driving but also Tetris..that’s how they park the motorcycles.
8. The traffic lights are just a suggestion.
9. If you want to teach your child about how blood cells flow in the body, let them observe the flow of motorcycle traffic in the streets of HCMC. It’s pretty much like that.
10. There are many sidewalk eateries. But they all use kiddie size tables and chairs.