Motorbike tour in vietnam

Vietphái mạnh on a motorxe đạp is the best option how khổng lồ travel in this country.

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1. Motorbikes in Vietnam2. Why lớn use a motorbike?3. Traffic rules + regulations4. What to lớn take with you?5. Fault + Motorcycle check6. Rental + Sales of bikes7. Travel insurance + Accident9. Prices for renting or selling10. Motoxe taxi (Xe Ôm) + Trips11. What to lớn prepare for?

Traveling on a motorbike in Vietnam.

Traveling in Vietphái mạnh on a motorxe đạp may be your best decision.

Almost all people in Vietphái nam have sầu a motorcycle or scooter, you will see it for yourself when you will be traveling in Vietnam giới. For the Vietnamese, it’s a cheap & quickest way of transport in the cities but also in the villages. Expensive sầu cars are in traffic rather impractical và not everyone has the money khổng lồ purchase them. The largest motorcycle chaos and millions of motorbikes you will see mainly in large cities such as. Hanoi or Ho Chi Minc City.

Vietnamese use motorbikes also as a means of transportation of goods.

Motorxe đạp in Vietphái mạnh as a very fast means for deliver or transportation of various goods & cargo. Chairs, tables, cabinets, refrigerator, food, or fish in sacks or 4 people on one motorcycle? Yes, you will see it in transit on motorcycles, the Vietnamese are very skilled & smart in this case .

Motorbikes & traffic in Hanoi without traffic laws and regulation.

Why to lớn travel in Vietnam on motorbike as a tourist?

  Some interesting places in Vietphái nam are inaccessible without a motorcycle  Cheap and convenient way of transport  You vì chưng not have sầu khổng lồ wait for local buses, save a time  Freedom of movement, stay where and how long you want  Great adventure without to many tourists


I recommend to drive a motorxe đạp in Vietphái mạnh for…

  more experienced drivers who already have sầu some experience with a motorxe đạp   people, who vì not have sầu a fear of traffic chaos in big cities   people, who are ready for the unexpected situations on the roads  people, who are not performing at 150 km/h speed   people, who are not afraid to take responsibility for themselves

Rush hour in Hanoi around 18pm.

What are the traffic rules & regulations in Vietnam?

Traffic rules & regulations in Vietnam are written by law & the fines are not small. But we can say, most people do not comply with these laws. They drive everywhere, on the wrong direction, very quickly drive sầu, sidewalks, etc … so the transportation is chaotic. Sometimes it seems – the law does not exist. Fines or violations are resolved by drivers in the khung of a bribe. But you are a tourist in foreign country, you need lớn respect these rules, drive sầu slowly, you vì chưng not want complicate your vacation in Vietnam. Try khổng lồ avoid any accident or incident when traveling on a motorbike!

Since 2015 is a valid international driver’s license in Vietphái mạnh, get it!Along with an international driver’s license, you should also show your national driver’s licenseMotorbikes and scooters with engine of capađô thị lớn 50 cc are rent without a driving licenseMotorbikes 50 – 174 cc – you should have sầu the official vietnamese driving licence A1Motorbikes above sầu 174 cc – you should have sầu the official vietnamese driving licence A2When buying or renting a motorxe đạp you have sầu khổng lồ get a blue thẻ of owner (at least a photocopy)Blue card shows information about the owner of the motorbikeIf you did not have sầu this blue card, you may have a problem with the policeZero alcohol tolerance for car drivers và 0.5 ‰ for motorcyclistsMotorcyclists must have a helmet when ridingMore than 2 people in transit on a motorcycle are not allowed (but you will see this everywhere)Seat belt while riding in a oto in the front seat are mandatoryDriving on the right side of the road in VietnamYou must be 18 years oldStronger vehicle has always a priority


Fines + penalties + traffic violations + fees on a motorbikeicon-angle-double-down 

Fines và sanctions + fees + violations while driving a motorxe đạp in Vietnam giới you can see in this infographics (2016) or in this article (2014). Translated inkhổng lồ English language. Just a few: driving in the prohibited area or on the wrong side > 200 000 – 400 000 dongs, alcohol (by level) > 500 000 – 3 000 000 dongs, driving without a license > 800 000 – 1 200 000 dongs, driving without a helmet > 100 000 -200 000 dongs, phone call while driving > 60 000 – 80 000 dongs, driving without control of both hands > 5 000 000 – 8 000 000 dongs. In the bad cases police can confiscate a motorbike. In the worst cases, eg. an hard accident, you can go to jail…

Policewoman trying to lớn control traffic in Ho Chi Minc Cityicon-angle-double-down 

What khổng lồ take when traveling on a motorcycle in Vietnam?

You have to lớn prepare for changing weather in Vietnam, tropics but in the mountains for the winter (rarely even snow), và less well passable roads or routes, especially in mountainous areas. Most important it is suitable choice of clothes & other motorcycle accessories, but also, of course, choosing a motorxe đạp, international driving license, travel insurance against any accident or hospitalization. If you had insurance to prove the damage incurred while traveling on a motorcycle, you must have sầu a lease about rent or buing a motorxe đạp. I vì chưng not want to lớn frighten accidents, but unfortunately it happens.

  Waterproof, lightweight but also warm clothing (jacket), strong shoes (no sandals)  A waterproof container for backpachồng against rain và dust  Helmet (usually you will get a helmet)  Sunglasses và sunscreen  If you are buying a motorxe đạp, it is not a problem for a few bucks lớn buy a helmet  Mouth cover, dust-không tính phí purchase problem  Bracket backpack on the xe đạp, if not, made of metal produced at each Mini workshops icon-angle-double-right Reinforcing straps on a backpaông chồng you can buy for a few bucks  GPS or maps in the di động phone (eg. Google Maps)  At least a basic set of tools for possible breakdown

Road with the small stones in Lai Chau. Drive carefully on these stones.

What to lớn bởi vì in case of failure or malfunction of motorcycle?

Lots of travelers are not experienced mechanics & repairmen of motorbikes. Breakdowns in a very cheap motorbikes (eg. chinese copy of Hondomain authority Win) are comtháng & frequent. When you will be a long time driving with a motorxe đạp some breakdowns will come. Blew tire, destroyed exhaust, broken blinker & others. There are some repair shop or mechanics at the roads in Vietphái mạnh, they will help you. You will see eg. tires on the hook? They will be happy lớn replace the punctured wheel or inflate the wheel. However, if such this place does not exists, ask the local people in the neighborhood or stop someone on the road.

It is necessary khổng lồ check a motorxe đạp before driving.

Before you rent or buy a motorcycle, it is really necessary khổng lồ kiểm tra và try very carefully this machine. Lots of retailers offer an cheap & used motorcycles & scooters of dubious unique. Some official and certified commercial retailers mostly rent và sell an motorbikes of good unique, sometimes with the insurance against damage. But the situation is often different in small local or street retailers.  Chechồng the lights and indicators  Cheông xã the tire and the frame  Gasoline may not leak  Check the sound of engine  Stability và control of the handlebar  Check the stand & gripping device  Check the registration papers (Blue thẻ owner)

Hills in the far of the north.

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What kind of motorbike you can buy or rent in Vietnam?

There are many, many, many motorbikes. The local retailers sell various brands of motorcycles in Vietnam, but also a lot of bad chinese copies. The cheap chinese copies of Honda Win are very well known, a lot of travelers buy or rent this reliable motorbike. This motorbike is very cheap (you can buy for about $200), but what is very cheap it is not also good, more money you will give sầu for failures and repairs while traveling with this motorxe đạp. Retailers have sầu often these motorbikes / scooters for rent or buy: Hondomain authority (Blade, Wave, Future, Win), Yamaha (Mio Nuovo) và Suzuki (Hayate), Minsk. I drove very well with the motorcycles from Hondomain authority (not Win).


– favorite brvà of motorcycles in Vietnam– a lot of copies from Trung Quốc (kiểm tra the registration papers)– the price is based on age & use– approximately around $500, the newer are a bit expensive– you can buy an parts almost everywhere– Honda Blade, Hondomain authority Wave sầu, Honda Future is a good choice for traveling (semi-automatic)– Hondomain authority Win (manual, cheap but not reliable, place to store your backpack)


Mio & Nuovo models dominate in Vietnam– widespread brand of motorcycles in Vietnam– also stronger types of motorxe đạp for motocross or difficult terrain


– widespread brand of motorcycles in Vietnam– Hayate scooter– you can buy parts almost everywhere và everywhere is also service– Suzuki GS 125 ccentimet is a good choice for two people on a motorcycle– price is about the same as Honda


– very old và for sometoàn thân „cool“ motorbike– suitable for very low budget travellers– more easily correctable fault but not too reliable motorbike– price is about $100-400

A lot of roads in Vietnam giới are still in poor condition.

Where khổng lồ rent or buy a motorxe đạp in Vietnam?

You can buy or rent a motorbike mainly in the center of big cities & tourists spots. Outside the siêu thị is a row of motorbikes & the inscription “Motorbike for sale / rent”, it is a clear signal, there is a xe đạp shop. Vietnamese – “Xe máy” = Motorcycle, “Cho mượn xe máy” = Motorcycle Rentals. I recommover to lớn take with you 2 original passport.

Sale & rent of motorbikes, offers on the Internet + websites + expats:

Travel insurance và any accident on a motorcycle.

Before you go to lớn Vietphái nam arrange a travel insurance and obtain an international driving license. It is important lớn say, if you were involved in an accident và you bởi not have any international driving license, travel insurance và a contract for renting or buying a motorbike – you pay the full cost of your hospitalization (without repayment from the insurance company). Beware of “Exclusion of additional liability insurance.”

Liability insurance of motorbike can be arranged also in Vietphái nam (bud you need to lớn have sầu a vietnamese driver’s license, for tourists on tourist visa is practically impossible). Secure your luggage in case of theft. The baggage have sầu to lớn be placed in the luggage compartment of motorxe đạp and can not be visible from the outside.

On a motorxe đạp you will see the landscape in all its glory.

What is the price for rent or purchase a motorbike in Vietnam?

Prices are different & quite low. Of course, everything depends on the condition, age & Model of a motorcycle. Most motorbikes of street vendors or advertisers on the mạng internet are already used models. Chechồng carefully your motorxe đạp before you rent or buy và pay for her. Somewhere you could rent a scooter already for $6/1 day và somewhere for $15/1 day. Prices are reduced if you take a motorxe đạp for a longer period of time, eg. for 1 month.

Rent a motorxe đạp or scooter in Vietnam:

Scooter / motorxe đạp for 1 day > $6 – 15 (Hondomain authority Wave sầu, Future, Blade, Yamaha…)Scooter / motorbike for 1 month > about $100 – 200 (the price decreases in long-term borrowing)Stronger motorcycle for 1 day > $30 – 60 (the price decreases in long-term borrowing)

Buying a motorbike or scooter in Vietnam:

Scooter / motorxe đạp for tourists > apx. $250 – 1 000 (eg. Honda Wave sầu, Future, Blade, Yamaha…)– low price from advertisers or street vendors (can be copies of motorbikes), higher price for certified vendors– some companies offer redemption, you buy eg. for $1 000, và when you return you will get baông xã $800– you can sell your motorcycle when you are going trang chính, through the advertising servers or sellers, usually a lower price

Parking on the street in Hanoi.

What to lớn do if I’m afraid to drive sầu a motorcycle or scooter?

They are prepared also for this in Vietphái mạnh. Mainly in the larger cities operate services of mototaxi (Xe Ôm). Motorxe đạp drivers ask where you want lớn drive sầu. Sometimes it’s convenient, eg. bus stops 3 km from the city center. So if you’re afraid to drive a motorbike or you vì not have sầu a driver’s license, you can use them. Try also ask people when you will see a lot of motorbikes, people are mostly friendly. But before you take a motoxe taxi, arrange in advance the price for this service & ask for the duration of a trip.

Organized motorbike tours by travel agencies.

The possibility of traveling on a motorxe đạp in Vietphái mạnh is also using the services of tourist guides & organized tours on a motorbikes. Plenty of travel agencies in Vietnam, also offers guided trips on a motorcycle. Certainly there is no danger that you wander somewhere to the wrong or with a inoperable motorcycle. Prices for this for example 3-day motorcycle trip is about $150.

Google Maps Introduces Motorbike-Specific Navigation Mode in Vietnam

On July 8, 2018, Google Maps launched a ‘motorbike mode’ in its navigation feature in some Asia-Pacific countries including Vietnam giới. The mode will first come to the Google Maps app on phones that have sầu Android system version 4.4 (KitKat) và up. It’s unclear when the mode will come khổng lồ iOS. The new option will now allow the Maps ứng dụng to take into tài khoản a motorbike’s speed và provide more accurate estimated time of arrival. Driving instructions for shortcuts & narrow roads that a car can’t access will be available, as well as guidance for avoiding toll roads.

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Traveling on a motorbike in Mu Cang Cnhị.

What khổng lồ prepare for when traveling on a motorbike in Vietnam?

  Traveling on a motorxe đạp is physically demanding, even though you’re sitting  You will be tired, really  To much dust on vietnamese roads  A lot of water on the roads in monsum season  Bad roads in mountainous areas (gravel, falling stones, holes…)  Distances between cities are sometimes more than 100 kilometers  You will be driving a maximum tốc độ of about 50 km/h  You can meet fake cops (read this article)  Fantastic scenery, adventure & experience
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