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Hanoi Traffic!

Posted by grasshopper322 on 10/1/2010 at 03:12



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSsqEtmrDEY

whoops...left off the url

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Posted by DLuek on 11/1/2010 at 04:11 TF writer

I remember watching a blind man cross that same major intersection with just a stick to guide him... How do they do it?

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Posted by somtam2000 on 11/1/2010 at 13:55 admin

Oh that's very good -- love the guy with the blue signboard!

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Posted by theCATALYST on 11/1/2010 at 15:50

Posted from within Vietnam.

why not having a prize for the first one who can identify if the guy with the signboard is a male or a female. Is he/she alone or with somebody? Take a look again.

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Posted by grasshopper322 on 11/1/2010 at 21:15

hmmm...I slowed the video down and I can't tell if it's a male or female - is one of the other motorbikes traveling with - what are you seeing that I'm not??

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Posted by NYTim on 12/1/2010 at 01:15

What amazed me was that after a day or two the traffic ceased to scare me. I just waded right into it.

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Posted by Archmichael on 5/2/2010 at 13:07

Ah, the view from Highland Coffee. One of the best seats in town, I'd say. The intuitive choreography!


@ NYTim: Right. After the first time or two, I just realized the key is to not think about the mass of on-coming steel. Choose your moment, step off the kerb, walk purposefully ahead, and trust that people will find their way, just as you do. And, of course, hope it's not your day to make that Big Transition.........

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Posted by Archmichael on 5/2/2010 at 13:11

@ DLuek: Likewise, I've seen elderly people crossing major streets in Ha Noi. They just walked out at an interval in the traffic and, as the next wave came, began to talk to the traffic, waving hands and walking on at their usual pace. It worked.

What a great city, Ha Noi.

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Posted by Archmichael on 5/2/2010 at 13:12

@ DLuek: Likewise, I've seen elderly people crossing major streets in Ha Noi. They just walked out at an interval in the traffic and, as the next wave came, began to talk to the traffic, waving hands and walking on at their usual pace. It worked.

What a great city, Ha Noi.

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Posted by grasshopper322 on 5/2/2010 at 23:50

yes, the key was to just go for it..don't stop because if you do it takes the organization out of the chaos. The vehicles don't want to hit you (or so I hoped) so they will make adjustments in their speed and direction....

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Posted by Archmichael on 6/2/2010 at 03:44

Grasshopper: that's exactly right. It's all about flow.

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Posted by daawgon on 18/2/2010 at 10:07

That's light traffic for Hanoi - just try to walk down from Hang Bac to Hang Bo to Bat Dan at rush hour in the afternoon. It's near impossible! The intersection here by Cityview Cafe on the Youtube clip is always busy, but fairly easy if you relax and take it one step at a time. I like to walk into the traffic so cars can pass on either side of me. I often use this intersection to find a taxi - I'm usually looking for the green & white of Mai Linh cabs and I give a pass to all others. I love Cityview Cafe because you can sit with a drink for hours on end and they don't bug you to buy more + that restroom at the entrance is great for when you're in the area - they don't seem to mind if you go in and then out without buying food or drink. Downstairs at the Hapro Information storefront they have free maps and a free computer. This building is my hangout in Hanoi since it's so centrally located and is so convenient. A small PO is around the corner and my favorite breakfast place is right up Dinh Liet (the Coffee Restaurant).

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Posted by Archmichael on 18/2/2010 at 10:24

Quite so, Daawgon, though my hangout (and for similar reasons) is at Highland Coffee. One Saturday night I was caught up in the Mother of All Traffic Jams at the corner directly opposite, next to Van Long restaurant. It was xe om gridlock...after about five minutes those next to the sidewalk just jumped the curb & rode on. The plaza in front of Highland Coffee/Cityview Cafe was absolute mayhem. But fantastic people-watching!

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Posted by daawgon on 20/2/2010 at 09:27

Have you guys heard the bad news? They're starting to run 12-person trams in the Old Qtr now with a guide and loudspeaker! I seriously hope that fails because I love this city too and such a change is not the way to go, IMHO!

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