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Strange road layouts in Saigon

Posted on September 21, 2021

Anyone who's driven a motorbike in Saigon would quickly realize the that overall street layout is a tad bit haphazard and unplanned feeling. Many of the city's main arterials merge and inter-tangle in a way that feels more like vines in a dense jungle or the blood vessels of a body rather than some pre-engineered geometric grand design. In many ways it's a reflection of the culture, which values practical low-cost solutions, and a sort of coexistence with the past.

Despite the seemingly inefficient layout, traffic always seems to move along (especially on a motorbike) versus the the standstill traffic that's common in developed countries with high engineering standards and rule-abiding citizens. Being stuck in a left turn lane through endless traffic light cycles is unheard of here, thank god.