I am planning a month long backpacking trip in SE Asia from mid Sep to mid Oct. About 2.5 weeks is for Vietnam. I realize this is obviously too short for the whole country, so I need help with choosing a few places where I can travel by motorcycle.
I was planning to first fly to Hanoi and travel in the north part of the country (Sapa, Dong Van - Meo Vac pass, Halong Bay) and spend most of my time there. I plan to buy a second hand Russian Minsk and hopefully sell it again in Hanoi. From Hanoi, I plan to fly to HCMS and do a boat ride on the Mekong river before flying to Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat. I might regret later for missing the city of Hue, but couldn't find an easy way to include it in this short trip.
It would be great if you can give feedback on the itinerary and in general riding a motorcycle in N. Vietnam.
I was in HCMC and met to young men from Holland that had purchased motorcycles in Saigon and drove the length of the country. They had no problems and found the locals very helpful. They were going to try and get the cycles sold before they left. almost 5 years ago
Vietnam has the second highest road fatality rate in the world, mostly because there is very little (probably none at all) compliance with road rules. Drink driving is common. Driver training is non-existent and enforcement of standards equally absent. Many roads have blind bends (doesn't stop traffic overtaking anyway), and are in poor condition. The chaos can be overwhelming. But in fact there are 3 rules; might equals right (give way to anything bigger), use your blinkers and don't hold back on the horn (use it to warn of your approach, use it to indicate a change of direction, use it to warn another vehicle of your position, hell just use it!)
There are many motorcycle tour companies that offer a safer alternative through guides with local knowledge. They can help you with the licensing problems too.
And don't forget to consider your travel insurance. make sure your policy covers you for the type/class of bike you use and that you are legally riding.
This article offers some help: http://safety.worldnomads.com/Malaysia/62697/Do-I-Need-A-License-To-Ride-A-Motorbike-In
Hope that helps.
Phil at the safety hub almost 5 years ago
2,5 weeks in Vietnam, I think you should travel journey through Vietnam: north, central, south, exclude highland.
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival, city tour.
Day 2, 3, 4: Hanoi – Halong Bay – monkey resort: lunch on board, visit Thien Cung Cave, Dau Go Cave is the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay; kayaking, swimming…cultural exchange and overnight on board; boat take you to Monkey Island, Cat Dua Mountaint Climbing to Lanha Bay panoramic view, check in room va relax in Monkey Island Resort with many interesting games, then return to Hanoi.
You can refer some daily tours:
Monkey Island – Halong – Hanoi, have lunch: 420.000VND/pax
Visiting Catba National Forest and conquering Ngu Lam Top: 300.000VND/pax
Cycling Catba Town – Catba Market: 400.000VNd/pax
Motocycle to visit Catba Town – Catba National Forest: 600.000VND/pax
Kayaking in Lanha Bay: 500.000VND/pax, about 3.5 – 4 hours/tour.
Kayaking in Lanha to visit Van Gia Fishing Village: 1.300.000VND/pax
Climbing: 1.500.000VND/pax for ½ day
Fishing & cruising Long Chau Lighthouse: 1.900.000VND/pax.
Day 5, 6: Hanoi - Hue: visit Citadel, Nguyen’s Kingstomb, Thien Mu pagoda, Huong River, shopping at Dong Ba market…
Day 7: Hue – Hoi An: visit the historical relics, the world heritages, ancient town…
Day 8: Hoi An – My Son – Da nang
Day 9: Danang - Ho Chi Minh City Tour
Day 10,11,12: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City
Day 13, 14, 15: Ho Chi Minh City – Phu Quoc Island - HCMC
travel in the north part of VN (Sapa, Dong Van - Meo Vac pass, Halong Bay): it take you at least 5 days, ex: ha noi – soc son – mu cang chai – muong hoa – sapa – yen bai tour 5d4n, visit and take photo Field Muong Lo, dance spread of Thai ethnic, Lim Thai, Lim Mong village, Hoang Lien Son pass, Ham Rong Park in Sapa, love waterfall, Muong Hoa valley, Viet Trung Border…
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Hi, for your short time in Vietnam, it is a good advice for you to travel journey, driving motorcycle is quite dangerous.
And you have to remember that you need a visa to Vietnam. If you travel by air, it is the best and cheapest to apply Visa on arrival at http://govietnamvisa.com/
The Vietnam visa on arrival procedure is very simple as follows:
- You apply online by filling in the Vietnam visa application form and then make online payment by credit card, Paypal or Western Union
- Receive the Vietnam visa approval letter via email, print it out
- Get the Vietnam visa stamped in your passport at the arrival airport in Vietnam.
Hope it help! over 4 years ago