Riding Tips

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Vietnam Motorcycle Ride Tips

Motorcycle touring in Vietnam is not for the less experienced riders. Vietnam is just a bit less busier than in India. There are approximately 40 traffic fatalities per day in the country. The way local people ride motorbike in Vietnam is totally different from western countries: There is almost no rules for motorcycle tours in Vietnam! To ensure an authentic taste, make sure to ignore any Traffic Rules you know. This should help to achieve a fine balance between two-wheeled fun, fine roads, beautiful landscapes and complete and utter chaos. To aware all of that your will have best Vietnam motorbike tours.
Please have short look at our do and do not do as below to have a great motorbike tour in Vietnam.

Do:
– The traffic looks very crazy from the beginning, but it’s not that crazy. The traffic in Vietnam like a stream and when you are in it you have to flow into it. You are free to ride, it is no rules.
– Larger vehicles have right of way. Avoid anything bigger than you and slow down.
– Use your motorbike horn to let people know you are coming, horns are the way to make friends so please don’t mind using horns.
– To be safe, we use both brakes at the same time with more back brake as if you apply more front brake it slips
– Our motorbike tour guides were born and grew up in Vietnam, so they understand Vietnamese traffic. He will see you from his mirrors so do not ride fast to catch him up. In case if you would like to stop for photos and he will see you from mirrors and stop together with.

Do not:
– Speed limit in Vietnam is very low (30-80km/h). Don’t break the speed limit. To make sure we have safe and great motorbike tours in Vietnam, please do not break the law especially when we are about to ride through the towns or cities please watch out the signs
– Animals are everywhere in the country or mountain roads. Dogs and chickens are the most then come water buffaloes, cows, pigs and horses…If you kill a dog or a chicken, don’t stop, cry and feel sorry, it’s not your fault. Slow down and don’t hit water buffaloes, cows, pigs and horses, simply they are too big!
– Do not drink alcohol at day time

Important:

– Be careful with spilt oil from trucks and buses at curves on the mountain roads, extremely slippery and we have had at least four small accidents related to this matter.
– Your guide leads the group and he gives you hand/body language if there are big pot holes, trucks, blind curves or any danger. He can see you in the mirrors and if you want to stop use the signal or simply pull off but be careful with riders behind you. If you got lost, just stop and wait for someone to find you or call us.
– If the police stop you (this rarely happens), your guide will not come back. He will wait for you, out of sight up the road. Just keep talking English or whatever you want and they’ll soon give up and let you go in less than five minutes.
– If a bike is technically broken, we will replace with the same type of bike or the next available model.
2. What items should bring for motorbike touring in Vietnam

You don’t need to bring everything with you on the trip, pack essential things in a small saddle bag (medium size, max 10kg) and put it on the back of the bike.

Here are items we suggest for motorbike tours in Vietnam:
– Clothing: rain gloves, Wellington boots (rubber boots for rainy season from April to September), summer gloves, balaclava, T-shirts, socks & underwear, long sleeved shirts, turtleneck shirts, extra jeans, a light jacket, leather chaps, zip-lock bags, riding boots, bandannas, sunglasses, goggles, and contact lens solution.
– Personal items: basic toiletries, emergency cash, sunscreen and earplugs.
– Emergency items: A first aid kit, emergency contact number, list medical conditions, list medications, a flashlight, chargers and a duct tape.
– Miscellaneous: A small towel, a bath towel, trash bags, camera and cargo net…and probably some gifts for children.
3. Group Size for motorcycling in Vietnam

The maximum group size for motorbike tour north Vietnam is from 5 to 8 riders per group (limited to 6 motorcycles), riders or pillion passengers. Vietnam motorbike tour on Ho Chi Minh Trail is also same size. However, can accommodate much bigger groups because we use a support vehicle upon your request (extra cost 115 USD / Day ). Small groups enable us to trek into remote areas with minimal intrusion to the local cultures. Riding in a large convoy with all the inherent complications and delays is just not our way.

The best group size is from three to four riders, not too many and not too little. More people means more fun but too big a group means less information the guide can provide as he needs to take care of your safety. Our largest group ever was 12 riders but we divided into two groups and two guides took care of this special motorbike ride in Vietnam.
4. Add-ons:

You should bring your own riding gear if you have due to size and quality matters. If you don’t have any or don’t want to carry them, you can get free from us. A typical set includes a helmet, a pair of fingerless gloves and protection knee and elbow pads.
The prices quoted are based on double, twins or triple sharing room and there will be single supplement charge. The amount depends on which trip you take and we will advise the cost if you request a single.
You need to bring spare money to pay for drinks. A 1.5 l bottle of water or a can of beer costs between 10,000 to 20,000 VND  (0.5-1$US). Drinks in home stays usually cost more than in restaurants but your money will be contributed directly into local communities and we believe you accept this.
First-aid kit is very important and you should carry this with you on the ride and throughout your Vietnam motorbike touring. We can’t buy a quality kit in Vietnam.
GPS works in Vietnam, please check with your dealer about necessary software and/or updates. Broadband Internet connection is available almost everywhere and you can find a public Internet cafe easily. The cost for using broadband Internet is quite cheap (1$US = 4-5 hours). Many hotels offers free Wi Fi. Electricity is also available nationwide but there can be a shortage in summer and power-cut is common between May and August (luckily, not normally at night!).
For Northern Vietnam where most of our rides take place, the best time for touring in northern Vietnam is usually from September to April (cool and dry) so great for Vietnam motorcycle touring during that travel period. From May to August is hot and wet so a bit slow down, but many riders still keen on riding in Summer time as it offers you the best views this time of the year full of rice everywhere in northern Vietnam.