BackSociety » Development » [Photos] On the Move: Saigon's Changing Transportation

[Photos] On the Move: Saigon's Changing Transportation

Once the domain of bicycles, Saigon's narrow roads have become jam-packed over the last two decades with increasingly modern vehicles. Following a boom of motorbikes in the 1990s – first described to me as “streams of fish” – the city streets are more and more clogged with “whales” – cars, SUVs and tourist vans – everyday. As this evolution of traffic transforms the city's infrastructure, Saigon finds its larger, more modernized modes of transportation traveling alongside the antiquated machines of the past. Brand new Lexus sedans share the road with aging Honda Dreams, rickety cyclos navigate the same roads as massive, top-of-the-line sleeper buses. As new-age technology like Uber and GrabBike replace the traditional taxis and xe ôms of the city, too, the stark difference between transportation, old and new, is apparent on the streets of Saigon.

An elderly man races through rush hour traffic along Ton Duc Thang. Bicycles are one of Saigon's older modes of transport and synonymous with the imagery of Vietnam.

An old-school Volkswagen parked in Binh Thanh District. Of all the vehicles taking over Saigon's roads, most are newer models, though you can occasionally still spot a few classics on the streets.

A cyclo driver enjoys a smoke and catches up on the news of the day just outside District 1's Tao Dan Park. With the quick adaptation of motorbikes, taxis and services like GrabBike and Uber, the services of cyclo drivers are losing out to motorized transportation.

A young boy hitches a ride home from school on the back of his friend's bike.

An elderly man seeks refuge from the blistering morning sun along Ngo Tat To in Binh Thanh District. These pull carts are by no means a speedy way to get around but good exercise nonetheless.

Motorbikes roar along Ton Duc Thang.

A mobile vendor delivers the morning's ingredients to a phở stall in Phu Nhuan.

A pedestrian strolls along Tran Ke Xuong Bridge heading into District 1's Tan Dinh neighborhood.


Related Articles:

[Photos] Exploring Saigon’s Sun-Deprived Hẻms

[Photos] Tracking Saigon’s Development From Its Rooftops

[Photos] Time Stands Still Around Long Bien Bridge


Related Articles

in Development

5 Buildings That Will Rise Above Saigon in 2016

Though change has always been fast in Saigon, 2015 was a big year for the city's development, as new skyscrapers, shopping malls and infrastructure projects sprouted all over town. While some structur...

in Development

A Vietnam-Laos Railway Could Be on the Horizon

Late last month, Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Ngoc Dong announced the launch of a feasibility study which will explore the possibility of a railway connecting Vientiane with coastal Vung Ang in...

in Development

As Myanmar Grows, Yangon Balances History With Modern Development

Yangon has one of the most intact historic cityscapes in Southeast Asia, and under the current government administration, new development is rising fast. While deliberating over how to develop, Yangon...

in Development

As New Emission Standard Deadline Approaches, Vietnam May Not Be Ready

Even though Vietnam has already set a deadline to comply with European level 4 exhaust emission standards (Euro 4), whether the new legislation is feasible remains unclear.

in Development

Asia's Megacities Face Development Trade-off

The coupling of massive urban migration with heady economic development is hampering the sustainable progress of East and Southeast Asian megacities.

in Development

Bac Ninh Flush With Samsung Cash, But Is It Sustainable?

Samsung’s investment has transformed Bac Ninh province into Vietnam's second-largest exporting center, dramatically boosting the earnings of the local community. 

Partner Content