I’ve now been in 5 cities in Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Danang, Hoi An, and Hue) and I have to congratulate this country on having the most consistent and helpful street signs I’ve ever encountered before- anywhere. Considering that I’m no expert on the Vietnamese language, it’s so reassuring that almost every street corner (and I think it really was every single one in HCMC) has street signs, so you don’t ever have to get lost.
And every hotel I’ve stayed at has given me a handy little free city map, so I just carry that around in my pocket, and I’ve never been lost here for more than 1 block. It’s fantastic. It’s really helpful considering that the street names in each city are at least 50% the same as in every other city. I keep seeing the same street names repeated in each new part of the country- all the way from the South to the North. Everybody has a Hai Ba Trung and a Dien Bien Phu, several Nguyens, and a Le Thanh Ton, etc, etc. I know we have a “Main Street” in every town in the US, but many of these streets are named after important historical figures or sometimes serve as descriptions of the items sold on each street. And that’s an historical practice in itself. Regardless of the name origin, I’m glad that the Vietnamese are invested in keeping me from getting lost!
These are just some little shots from the streets of Hue, (much less crowded and crazy than HCMC, for the most part) and a view from my hotel room in the evening.
Coming up soon… The Imperial City!