Yesterday I got some video of what it’s like to be on the back of a motorbike going through Saigon at 7am. I’ve been trying to get a good trip video for a week now and finally realized this is about as good as I’m going to get.

The driver in the video (not the one in the picture on the left) is my regular guy – he camps out where my side-alley exits into the main street – and he is a little faster than some of the other xe om taxis that I’ve taken. Not the fastest on the road by any means… some people with their own bikes really zoom. But he doesn’t limp along like some of these weaker bikes I’ve been on. I like that. He also doesn’t go the wrong way down one-way streets, which I ALSO like. He’s a good driver.

Check out the video after the jump…

I missed half a block at the top and bottom of the trip because I’m never quick enough with my camera when we start, and don’t like him to know I’m doing something so touristy when we stop. ha ha! …I’m SURE he knows.
I’m on my way to my Vietnamese lesson in this video. This ride costs me 30k VND, or a little less than $1.50.

[Family: I always wear a helmet. In fact, virtually every biker on the road does. Don’t watch this is if you don’t want to see first-hand what a 7am ride in traffic in HCMC is like (and I’m actually missing the WORST of morning rush hour – as you can see, traffic is a tad light. Or maybe you can’t see it, but trust me, it is).]

Bottom line: Motorbike is a SUPER FUN way to get around!