If contstant honking bothers you, don't come here
Trip Start Oct 31, 2012
44Trip End Dec 12, 2012
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Not much happened today, only went crazy a few times by the constant honking of horns from the traffic, which is worse than Hanoi, and that's saying something. The people here don't even bother using the streetlights, which is common in many parts of the world, but they also use the crowded sidewalks as an extension of the road, which makes things difficult to maneuver. Honk, honk, honk is all you hear here, and it goes on non-stop, from early in the morning to late at night. Any empty space on the street will be taken by a vehicle, even if it isn't in the lane that they should be in. I don't know how these people do it. Crossing the street is even trickier.
I have read that Vietnam has one of the worst traffic accident records in the world, and I wouldn't doubt it. I saw a few already, and the helmets that they wear won't save them in a serious accident either. If I lived in Ho Chi Minh City, I would apply for asylum to the US based on two reasons: the heat and the crazy, dangerous traffic.
Even though the city was offically renamed Ho Chi Minh City after the country was reunified, locals still refer to it as Saigon. There is a chain of banks that go by the name Saigon, the airport goes by the code name Saigon, and even those I talk with who were born well after the war refer to the city as Saigon; the two names are used interchangeably. I stick to the official name, I don't want to upset a true diehard who wants Saigon's past banished.