We stayed near Alagon Central Hotel and as we crossed to the other side of the road, where Starbucks and many other branded shops were located, we were amazed by the traffic of Saigon.
It was a different experience than that in the Philippines since as soon as the green GO sign flashes, there is a continuous flow of motorbikes!
Initially, we said, "We can easily cross the street. We come from Zamboanga City... it couldn't be too different!"
But it was! And that added to the fun in Saigon!
Saigon was a whole new experience for us with the "millions" of motorbikes speeding by. We were told that these drivers are the "kings of the road" and so they just drive past the pedestrians acting like we were never around. We had to steer away from them, so as not to be hit! But since we need to cross the street, we raise our hand just to "make ourselves more visible" and hoping (and praying) that they give way! Crossing the streets of Saigon is a great art in itself!!!
As we walked further to cross to Ben Thanh Market, we found ourselves in the middle island, and did our rounds there, too. We already got the hang of the fast spin, so you could imagine usthere!
At the Night Market, we invited Trang, our new Vietnamese friend to join us as we whirled around to get our video selfies (or groufies!)
Finally, I included our midmorning selfie at the Alagon Central Hotel roofdeck to share the Saigon panorama at this vantage point!
I know some folks might have wondered what we were doing, but it also seemed like they really didn't mind us!