As I have mentioned before, traffic in Hanoi is very chaotic. Crossing a street is an experience in its own. There is a basic rule to cross a street you always have to follow: do not hesitate.
Do not wait for the traffic to stop, it never does. You have to start walking and continue on a steady pace. Motorbikes will avoid you. It takes some practice, but at the end of your stay you will be able to cross the streets without problems. You do have to be careful, because accidents do happen.
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