I just spent a total of 11 days in Taipei and Ho Chi Minh City very recently and boy am I amazed at their traffic!
Ho Chi Minh City
(Didn’t manage to get pictures of the traffic in Taipei)
Seriously none of the cities are anywhere to close Singapore in terms of development and orderly-ness. But first-world Singapore has one glaring weakness compared to these 2 cities: our traffic.
In Taipei, I can always get a cab within 3 mins anywhere, anytime! Even right after the biggest IT show of the year.
No impossible taxi queues! I think my average waiting time for the more than 20 taxis I took in Taipei must have been only 2mins+!
Now compare this to Singapore’s cab situation which has caused quite a bit of buzz on the Singapore blogosphere recently.
On the other hand, Ho Chi Minh is like cowboy town and the incredibly busy traffic sometimes makes you wonder if Bush is gonna bring the American troops to invade Vietnam again soon?
But even then, I noticed one glaring strength compared to Singapore: Riders and driver are all patient and they don’t curse and swear in the worse of traffic! Well, at least from all the rides I’ve seen so far.
Now compare this to the driving attitudes you’ve seen here in Singapore.
Hmmmm…. you tell me, am I making sense here?