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Hello, Nǐ hǎo, and Chào bạn.

My next trip is to Vietnam and China and I am very excited. I will be starting out in Saigon and working my way up north. From Hanoi, I will cross into China either by the International train or plane. This is about the pre-planning, the trip itself and after. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine


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When a tiger dies he leaves behind his skin. When a man dies he leaves behind his reputation.
Vietnamese proverb

In Memorium

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam which took place during the Vietnam War between the VC and North Vietnam and 1st Australian Task Force. 18 Australians and 245 Viet Cong soldiers died.

There would have been soldiers on both sides who were only 19.
In commemoration of those who died 50 years ago today. August 18, 1966.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

15. Top 10 Tips for Crossing the Road in Vietnam

Notorious is an understatement!
Although I haven't set foot in Vietnam yet, I've heard all about crossing the road in Vietnam, especially Saigon (HCM) and how dangerous it is. Not for the faint-hearted, that's for sure.

So ... are there any tips or advice for the first timer, the novice in getting from one side of the road to the other without ending up splattered on the ground as flat as a pancake? Yes - there is! there are! While researching information about visas, I came across a most interesting item and thought it a great read. So good in fact, it deserves to be read and studied.

So, without further ado - here it is:

Top 10 Tips for Crossing the Road in Vietnam

Never look a driver in the eyes as your cross the road, it initiates an act of sudden death chicken – in this situation the pedestrian generally looses out.

Don't run across the road, it shows fear and you’re more likely to get mowed down.

Feel free to use fellow tourists as human shields as they cross the road, all’s fair in love and Vietnam road war!

Under no circumstances, never, never ever, even if your life depends on it… turn back! It’s a sign of weakness.

Always have a facial expression similar to Stallone’s – “If you mow me down bastard, I will peel myself of the ground an use your eyeballs to make my Pho tonight!”

When crossing, sing to yourself “it’s a small world after all”, hey it might not prevent an accident but the driver may take pity on the obviously crazed person crossing the street.

Never put your hand up at cars to tell them to slow or stop, it only acts like a red flag enticing a raging bull.

Smile, because if you're going to get run over, at least make the driver feel like you're enjoying the situation.

Standing in the middle of the road and trying to take a photo is never a good idea.

Finally, if worst comes to worst and you’re stuck in the middle of the road, calmly sit down, put your head between your legs and kiss your arse goodbye.

Have fun crossing the roads in Vietnam!

Source: Vietnam visa online

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