27 tips for motorbiking vietnam: getting ready to ride

Riding a motorbike through Vietnam is the best way lớn get to lớn know the nation. Exploring cities, towns và villages will give sầu you a basic understanding of the culture, but riding between them will make you feel part of it all. It’s a chất lượng experience & with a little planning và not much money it can easily be done.

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Vietphái mạnh is divided into three different climatic zones & the weather can very greatly depending on the time of year and location. Some regions are better khổng lồ ride in the winter months, others in the summer. Before your adventure begins you’ll need to decide what you are looking for và which parts of the country you’re aiming to lớn explore. Warmer and dryer months are fantastic riding, but can be very busy. Colder winter months can be mysterious and empty, yet chilly to ride.

In northern Vietphái mạnh, the temperatures rise và the rains occur from May through August. The rest of the year is usually dry, with December through March being chillier & often gray.

In central Vietphái mạnh, the rainy season runs from October through January và the rest of the year is mostly consistently dry. Temperatures in the dry season can soar inlớn the mid to high 30’s in the summer months so the ikhuyến mãi time lớn visit is February through May.

In southern Vietphái nam, the temperatures hover in the low 30’s for most of the year. From May through November heavy rains fall, although usually only in bursts of a couple hours in the afternoon.


For many backpackers riding a motorxe đạp from Hanoi khổng lồ Ho Chi Minh City or vice versa has become somewhat of a rite of passage. The trip can be completed in two weeks (less if you rush) and could be a set of Trắng s& beaches, limestone ridges, & endless rice fields. There are a number of established routes making the trip easy và enjoyable.

While this is undoubtedly a fantastic journey, the truth is that it bypasses the most spectacular riding the country has to lớn offer. Perhaps it’s the allure of saying: “I rode from Hanoi khổng lồ Saigon on a motorxe đạp,” that has made this so popular, perhaps it’s the Top Gear special, either way this route does not give a glimpse inlớn the country’s most beautiful scenery.

To find this, you’ll want lớn explore the north. Head west from Hanoi toward the Laos border và then work your way up và around. The mountains, valleys, rice terraces, jungled limestone cliffs & winding roads are jaw-droppingly beautiful.

Of course, there’s history, culture & natural beauty to be had throughout the country. If you have sầu your heart phối on exploring the Mekong Delta, by all means vì it. Each & every province in Vietphái mạnh offers something special.

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The overwhelming majority of travelers riding in Vietphái mạnh begin in either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City and these are the best two places to find a xe đạp. Some travelers opt lớn rent a more reliable bike, others opt for the allure of buying their own và then selling it at journey’s kết thúc. There’s nothing wrong with either option, just be prepared to stop more often for repairs if you purchase second-h&.

In both cities, bikes to lớn purchase are easily found in the backpacker districts. Rental shops, which also sell used bikes, are easily found as are flyers posted in hostel windows by travelers at the end of their adventures looking khổng lồ sell their bikes baông chồng.

Those who purchase bikes from shops or fellow travelers often buy manual Hondomain authority Win’s or fully automatic Yamaha Nouvos. The Win is the more sexy of the two options và what people associate with any Vietnamese motorbike adventure, yet more prone to lớn breakdowns as the parts inside are almost certainly not Japanese, but Chinese knock-offs. A Nouvo is easier khổng lồ operate, particularly for a beginner, yet not guaranteed to lớn break down any less, as those for sale by backpackers have sầu racked up substantial miles. The cost for either bike shouldn’t be more than $250 USD.

There are a number of reliable companies that rent bikes for weeks or months on end. These are generally semi-automatic bikes such as Honda Waves or Honda Blades, và are far less likely to lớn run into any real trouble. A rental for a month should be $200-$300 USD.


Start with a travelers backpaông chồng, 60-75 liters, và go from there. Almost anything you need can be bought in HCMC or Hanoi, so if you’ve sầu packed light và run into lớn a snag it’s easy lớn straighten yourself out in the these hubs. The amount of clothing is obviously dependent on the length of the journey & how often you think you’ll need to lớn change. Rethành viên that no motorbike trip in Vietnam is a clean affair.

A ponđến, or better yet, rain pants and a good jacket, is a necessity as heavy rains pop up sporadically across the country. A med-kit is a smart choice, as is a water bottle and larger spare gas bottle. Some travelers opt lớn camp, so a tent or hammoông xã & mosquilớn net would need lớn be added, plus a blanket depending on the route & time of year.


There’s no license that’s guaranteed to get you out of trouble if you’re pulled over. Even those who’ve moved to lớn Vietnam và acquired Vietnamese drivers’ licenses have sầu khổng lồ giảm giá with scams from police officers. You could get an international license, but the truth is, it probably won’t help.

Instead, if you get pulled over, bởi the following. Remove sầu the keys immediately and put them in your pocket. Police will try to lớn grab them so you can’t get away without paying, but they’ll bởi nothing if they’re in your pocket.

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Have your wallet and then have a pocket with a small amount of cash in case you get pulled over. If you’re not able lớn talk the officer down to zero (which is quite doable) then 100,000-200,000 VND will vì chưng the trichồng. More often than not, whatever paltry sum you show will have sầu you on your way.

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