This traffic, I mean — it’s a daily part of life for people who live in big cities the world over, but the motorbikes ubiquitous to Vietnam (and especially HCM) have made the traffic so much of a curiosity for foreigners that it’s practically become a tourist attraction.
In my opinion, the most authentic and surreal way to see Vietnam is by motorbike. If you get the chance to visit Vietnam and feel up for an adventure, then the first step is to make sure your medical and life insurance back home are paid up-to-date and that your policies are valid for “out of country” incidents (read the small print).
The rest is easy.
Rent a motorbike when you get here and as long as you don’t crash or fall off or do anything worse than a “near-death” experience then you will go home with some great memories and even better stories.