Taiwan’s roads can be a little bit touch and go at times but they’re nothing compared to the situation in Vietnam. We’re talking scooters literally everywhere, in each and every direction. It’s been over a year since I was last in Vietnam and in that’s time I’ve, for the most part, been in Taiwan, actively engaging in the scooter frenzy of Asia. Taiwan’s roads were terrifying at first, truly terrifying, and then they got more so once I got a scooter. Now I find the whole thing relatively simple – you just have to factor in every possible crazy situation into your reflexes because the chances are that every single one of them is going to happen within a twenty minute period.
That outlook seems to have worked quite successfully after my first day back in Vietnam as I haven’t ended up being one of those tourists that waits for ages at the side of the road hoping that someone will eventually let them cross with their life in tact. That outlook simply doesn’t wash in Vietnam, you either go or you wait forever.