You don’t have to travel far to experience the terror of Saigon traffic. But how bad is it really? The Ho Chi Minh City transport authorities confirmed that there are a total of 37 traffic hot spots throughout the city’s 24 districts.
The congestion comes down to a number of factors, including city’s infrastructure and the 131 roadworks currently underway. Safe to assume that everyone encounters at least one of the 37 hot spots throughout their day, read on to see how yours measures up.
Read on for the top five worst traffic jams locations in Saigon!
1. District 2’s Cat Lai Port
Congestion here has been known to last hours. Unpredictable, traffic jams can take place at any time during the day, affecting Nguyen Thi Dinh, Vo Chi Cong, Dong Van Cong and Mai Chi Tho streets. A real pain point for residents, the area tends to be more prone to congestion between Wednesdays and Fridays, and take place sporadically throughout the day starting as early as 6am. One of the most obscene traffic jams this year was recorded on June 7 and lasted for approximately 6 hours.
How’s that for a hold up…
2. District 10’s Su Van Hanh – Thanh Thai – 3 Thang 2
Unlike other districts 1 hot spots that seem to be improving, the traffic jams at this location seem to be getting worse. Located near the backpacker area, the heavy traffic flow around this area never seems to end. If you’re passing through, plan for your route through here to take double the anticipated time. While traffic moves, it does so at a snail’s pace.
3. Near the Tan Son Nhat Airport: Truong Chinh St. (Au Co St. to Tan Ky Tan Quy St)
Of the many chaotic locations prone to traffic congestion near Saigon’s Ton Son Nhat airport, this spot in particular shows no signs of improvement. A total of 66 incidents of congestion reported in the month of May alone makes this spot one of the most heavily congested in the city. If you’re heading this way, be sure to leave well in advance.
4. Xo Viet Nghe Tinh St. (From Bach Dang to Dai Liet Sy Roundabout)
One of the lesser known traffic hot spots, that sits outside the downtown area. In the month of April the area reported a total of 177 instances of traffic jams. To get a better idea of how extreme this is, that’s about 6 traffic jams each day – which trumps the total congestion of any other location mentioned on this list.
5. Another District 1 Disaster: Nguyen Van Cu – Tran Hung Dao intersection
While there have been measures taken to alleviate the congestion in this area, any signs of improvement appear to be minimal. Near one of the several bridges that lead to District 4, if you can help it, we recommend avoiding these around rush hour. If you’re heading to District 4, do consider making use of one of the alternative bridges, such as Calmette or Cau Khanh Hoi.
That concludes the top five round up of Saigon’s worst traffic jam locations. We hope that with this information you’ll be able to better plan your commutes. If you want to know more about Saigon’s roads and which ones to avoid, check out our blog which covers Saigon’s flood zones here.