Electrical Wiring Maze – Vietnam

October 29, 2009 12 Comments »

High Wires (aka a wire nest)

Every person who comes to Vietnam is either mesmerized or scared to death.  First they notice the traffic and motorbike culture; appearing as chaos.  However the second thing they notice is the mangled electrical wiring above their head; which leads to the question – how do they fix a wiring problem if something goes wrong?!

The electrical poles often look like a birds nest, thrown together with no real rhyme or reason.  As you stare at it you can’t help but wonder how they could ever work on this dizzying maze of wires with any success.  Then again, while living in Vietnam we would have power outages about twice a week which says quite a bit about the actual infrastrucutre in Vietnam; I guess that’s why they call it a ‘developing country’.

For those of you who haven’t yet been to Vietnam (what are you waiting for?!), here are a few photos of what you can expect when you look upwards.


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