I took this photo during our Southeast Asia travels in our favorite stop in Vietnam – Hoi An. We thoroughly enjoyed walking through this street market, buying unknown fruits and straw hats to keep the afternoon sun from scorching our skin.
These $1 hats even came with us to Japan!
Vietnam strikes me as a place where chaos is not only welcomed, but it’s organized in some way. The traffic immediately comes to mind when I think of organized chaos in Vietnam. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to the chaos on the roads with people driving on both sides, and busses, cars, and motorbikes all passing each other at dangerous speeds.
If this was the case in the United States, there would be so many more drivers smashing into each other. I did witness an accident in Vietnam (in fact, I was on a bus who’s driver almost ran over a woman) but I was actually surprised there weren’t more accidents during our time there. It’s almost as if people are in tune with the chaos and they are so used to it that it doesn’t seem to bother them.
These street markets give me the same feeling of organized chaos with so many people on the street, haggling prices, buying and selling, and even the occasional motorbike speeding through the alley.