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Street Traffic in Saigon, Vietnam

There are eight million people in Saigon, Vietnam, and nine million motorbikes. Traffic is absolutely bonkers.

Posted on January 29, 2003 11:07 AM



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Man, I miss the rush of riding a moto in Vietnam. Nice footage. Can't wait to see more.

Posted by: O'Brien on January 31, 2003 11:02 AM


I can't believe you carried that digital videocam on the back of a motorbike in Saigon. Did you remember to change your underwear afterwards?

The photography and video are outstanding - keep it up!

Posted by: Chin Mohawk on February 3, 2003 05:04 PM

I have a few video clips from the back of a moto in Saigon as well:

Posted by: Adam Cohn on February 8, 2003 03:06 PM

nice site here! i loved the saigon traffic footage. Awesome!!

Posted by: Peter on February 20, 2003 09:16 PM

I really enjoyed your Saigon traffic video. I spent a week in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 1984 and will never forget the motor scooter traffic. I spent some time walking for one view of the traffic and also had many taxi rides. I remember seeing a family of 4 on a scooter and remarking that scooters somewhat limit you family size to 4 but in about two minutes a scooter came by with a family of 5. The cabs treated the scooters very poorly and there were many accidents. Your site is really great.

Posted by: Chet Wood on March 2, 2003 02:04 AM

It's amazing! Good work, bravo!
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Posted by: Adrian on March 4, 2003 05:57 PM

Just came home from some weeks in Vietnam. Spent hours on the back of my friends moto in Saigon, really fascinating and I already miss it...your video brings back the memories...

Posted by: Jens on August 9, 2003 08:37 AM

What are the statistics telling about road safety in Vietnam? Are they better or worst than the reputation of Quebec drivers? Maybe, they just gave up counting or reporting traffic accidents. I experience road trafic in Seoul, the Koreans hold the world record for car accidents per capita. I was shocked to see the motorcycles on the sidewalk with pedestrians.

Posted by: Marc on August 24, 2003 09:44 AM

Awesome video! Just got back from 2 weeks in Vietnam visitng my daughter who lives in Saigon. This kind of motorbike riding is an experience of a lifetime. Your video brought back many memories and I plan to watch it when I need to remember the rush of riding in Vietnam.

Posted by: Lori Herman on November 7, 2003 12:37 PM

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