Ho Chi Minh City, north of the Mekong Delta, on the west bank of the Saigon River, is the largest city and capital of Vietnam. The city is also the political and economic center of this Southeast Asian country and is divided into 19 districts. The hustle and bustle of the city with its lively streets is viewed with traffic jams by the holidaymakers who come here and is also somehow attractive. The fascination is not limited to marveling at the large volume of traffic that prevails in this city. Above all, it is the nonchalance and lightness of the people how they cope with the rather complex traffic situations and arrive exactly where they want to go. The traffic in the capital of Vietnam does not seem to be orderly – on the contrary. Western holidaymakers usually get very anxious when they leave their hotel and just want to cross the street to get to one of the numerous food stalls, which are just that for a snack when the hotel restaurant is still closed are correct.
With the Tiger-Guide on the moped
However, there are also holidaymakers who are literally drawn to the lively streets of the capital of Vietnam and who undertake moped tours through the exciting traffic of the Vietnamese capital in the back seat of a local. These are so-called tiger guides who pick up interested holidaymakers at the hotel and show them – by day or by night – the most beautiful corners of Ho Chi Minh City. It goes through the middle of the lively streets of the city, on the moped – the number one means of transport in the Vietnamese capital – and thus in the middle of honking cars and past bicycles, rickshaws and buses. As part of the moped tours, the tiger guide drives along with his passengers in the back seat along the river and through the most varied of lively districts, probably the liveliest district of the city. Here and in the other districts of the city, the tiger guides show their passengers on the moped location, the tourists otherwise remain hidden within the framework of a normal package tour program.
Drive over Dong Khoi, Nguyen Hue and Le Duan Boulevard
One of the most famous streets is the Dong Khoi. This street was once known as Rue Catinat under French colonial rule and is considered the promenade of the Vietnamese capital. well known as the location of numerous bars and brothels. This road went through a change after the Vietnam War. Designer shops and restaurants as well as bars now dominate the scene. The street is a destination for the moped tours with the Tiger Guide, which are also offered, especially in the evening hours. The neighboring Nguyen Hue, which is also a promenade, is often visited by the tiger guides. This street is known as the “Champs Elysées of the East”. There is also a lot of traffic on Le Duan Boulevard. The tiger guide cleverly makes his way through the traffic in the Vietnamese capital. If you watch the tiger guide seated in front, you will find that he too has an effort to move the moped and you as a passenger as safely as possible through the queues of vehicles and must take advantage of every gap between the moving pedestals to get ahead is secured.