Timelapse brings Saigon’s infamous traffic to artistic new heights.

ANYONE WHO HAS been to Saigon, (or HCMC if you really must) will surely tell you about the traffic. Saigon’s moto mayhem is mythic in proportion. Millions of drivers, mostly on scooters, wend their way through the crowded intersections and enormous traffic circles.

I know this through experience, I have rode thigh-to-thigh inhaling the thick blue exhaust issuing forth from the countless scooters.

photo by Rob Whitworth

I rented a small bike and would commute 20 minutes daily though some of the very worst that Saigon traffic has to offer and from that point of view it was not the beautiful symphony of lights this video presents.

That is why I enjoy this video so much, it gives me a perspective on a city that I am familiar with from an angle that I had not otherwise seen. And shouldn’t that be the goal of all travel videos? To give the viewer something new, some new insight or way of seeing things?

A truly great travel video can coax magic from the humdrum, like the beauty of a traffic jam, and present it to the viewer as a discovery and a gift.

Video created by Rob Whitworth