I'll be staying in Hanoi for a couple years.and having serious problem with crossing the stress. I'd like to know and learn tips and rules when do it. I don't want to get hit by a car or motorcycle, plus I don't want to be the dumb tourist who disrupts traffic! Please let me know and tips or advice. Thanks.
Don't make any sudden move. When a vehice reaching to you, don't move, just put your hand forward! They will know and slow down.
I used to stand beside a local and cross with them. But when alone, just wait for a short break in the traffic then step out and walk at an even pace to the other side of the road - the motorcyclists will judge your speed and steer to one or the other side of you.
Only thing u have to remember is: Don't make any sudden move. If you made the first step, don't stop, and be nervous. don't run, keep a relatively constant speed until you reach the other side of the street.