It’s the first day of The Year of The Tiger 2010 and most stores in Vietnam are closed. Traffic is extremely light and for once it’s actually a pleasant experience to drive around Saigon. I had been trying to avoid driving my motorbike the past week because of the insane amount of traffic in the city the week leading up to Tet. When I had to go out…I just took a taxi.
Today was a perfect day for a motorbike ride. The sky seemed especially blue, and the air was devoid of the constant honking that normally pollutes Vietnam city life. I had a really hard time starting up my bike this morning because the battery had drained down so low from lack of use. I’m going to use this next week to learn the streets in Saigon while there is so little traffic. Normally when I drive I just focus on the road in front of me and the traffic around me…today I could actually pay attention to the street names. I already know all the main streets in Saigon….3 Thang 2, Ly Thai To, Dien Bien Phu, Hai Ba Trung, Le Duan, Dong Khoi, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Cach Mang Thang Tham, etc. Now I feel comfortable enough to take detours down unknown streets and just freely explore the city; I know that eventually I’ll hit one of the main streets and be able to find my way back home.
New motorbike drivers should take advantage of the current road conditions to practice…but be careful…with no police around…I see a lot more people ignoring the traffic lights today.
This last pic is for Caryn, Benny and Khanh…..hope you’re happy. 🙂