Thursday, April 18, 2013

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Rush Hour on Le Van Si Street

Ho Chi Minh City
Rush hour on Le Van Si Street

Photo by Doan Duc Minh

unused, from 2013

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Ho Chi Minh City, formerly named Saigon, is the largest city in Vietnam.

The main means of transport within the city are motorbikes, buses, taxis, and bicycles. Motorbikes remain the most common way to move around the city. Taxis are plentiful and usually have trip meters, although it is also common to agree on the trip price before taking a long trip. Public buses run on many routes and fare can be purchased on the bus. For short trips, motorcycle taxis are available where the passenger sits at the rear of a motorbike. A popular activity for tourists is a tour of the city on cyclos (a rickshaw on back with a bicycle in front), which allow for longer trips at a more relaxed pace.

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