As you probably know that, no foreign motorbike driving license is fully legal in Vietnam, including international driving licenses. It is too difficult (no Vietnam license for people who travel on tourist visas) or too complicated ( lots of notary documents and takes 7-10 days for people who travels on business visas) to obtain a Vietnamese motorbike driving license. Therefore, ride smart and ride safe is the only way to have an interesting Vietnam motorbike tours. Experienced of Vietnam Motorbike Ride team suggests a few riding tips about how to have an enjoyable motorbike tours. Below tips that really work and these come from our customers after years in business and motorcycle touring around Vietnam. New tips will be updated immediately when available so check back this page often for the latest updated. Have a fantastic Motorbike Tours in Vietnam with us. Have great fun!
VIETNAM MOTORBIKE TOURS
01. Larger vehicles have right of way. Avoid anything bigger than you and slow down to have safe Riding in Vietnam.
02. Traffic is like a river, you have to flow in it. Riders will find a way to move forward.
03. Always wear a helmet which is requested in Vietnamese public traffic law. It’s a proven fact: helmets significantly reduce the number and severity of head injuries. So always wear an approved motorcycle helmet and make sure your passenger does the same. We also recommend that you wear eye protection, sturdy boots or shoes, gloves, and other protective gear like knee and elbow pads and I am sure that you have safe and unforgettable Vietnam motorbike tours. Vietnam Motorbike Ride team is so proud to offer good quality helmets for all our Vietnam motorcycle tours.
04. Make yourself easy to see on-road. Some drivers do not see motorcycles because they are not looking for them. To make yourself more visible, wear bright reflective clothing, position yourself so other drivers can see you, signal before turning or changing lanes, and use your horn when it will help others notice you. In Vietnam, people don’t care about the noise from horns whether in the countryside roads or in the big cities. Just use it when you travel around Vietnam by motorbike.
05. Vietnam motorbike tours within your limits. Speed limit in Vietnam is very low (25-60km/h) it depends where you are in the city or in the remote area. Don’t break the speed limit, a speeding ticket is expensive. On motorbike tours, average speed is about 40km/hour. Pushing the limits is another major cause of motorcycle accident both on-road and off. Never ride beyond your personal abilities or faster than conditions warrant. Remember that alcohol, drugs, fatigue and inattention can significantly reduce your ability to make good judgments and ride safely. We are enjoying Vietnam motorcycle tours and remember that we are not racing.
06. Animals are can be seen in everywhere in the countryside or mountain roads. Dogs and chickens are the most then come water buffaloes, cows, pigs and horses… etc. If you kill a dog or a chicken don’t stop, cry and feel sorry, it’s not your fault. Slow down when you spot these animals and don’t hit water buffaloes, cows, pigs and horses, simply they are too big! All of that is easy to be seen during Vietnam motorbike tours.
07. Space between you and other riders (local people, guide etc.) should be far enough in order to have no surprise. In cities or crowded roads, the traffic is usually slow. On wide open roads or in the mountains, we suggest 10-20m. Don’t ever ride alongside your guide, he will see you from his mirrors.
08. Be alert for off-road hazards. The motorbike terrain can present a variety of challenges when you ride of f -road. Continually ‘‘read’’ the terrain for unexpected turns, drop-offs, rocks, ruts, and other hazards. Always keep your speed low enough to allow time to see and react to hazards. If you are not familiar with the terrain, ride cautiously. Hidden rocks, holes, or ravines could spell disaster.
09. Be careful with split oil from trucks and buses at curves on the mountain roads, extremely slippery and we have had some small accidents related to this matter.
10. If the police stop you (this rarely happens, only when you hit somebody or somebody hits you), just keep talking in English or whatever you want and they’ll soon give up and let you go in less than five minutes. In case you got hit or hit somebody and there is no major damage or injury, the first thing is call us so we can settle it quickly. Worse, if the police come, they normally allow 24 hours for all parties to settle the accident before they take legal actions. If it’s a bad accident then unfortunately they will take you passport and keep you in Vietnam until an agreement is made. Fully guided Vietnam motorbike tours are really help in this case. Your guide will do everything!
11. If the road is wet, use both brakes at the same time with more back brake as if you apply more front brake it slips or skids. Most of our bikes have front disc brakes and on 250cc dirt bikes you have front and back disc brakes.
12. Vietnam motorbike tours are not together with drinks during the ride. Even one drink can reduce your ability to respond to changing conditions, and your reaction time gets worse with every additional drink. So don’t drink and ride, and don’t let your friends or pillion passenger drink and ride either. We will have a very good time at night!
If you are doing a self guided motorbike tours in Vietnam, below are some additional tips.
13. Buy a good road book (Vietnam Atlas) and do the timing and routing before you start your Vietnam motorbike tours. If you get lost, ask more than two people as they may use different mileage unit or even direction. Call us if you can’t find a solution.
Call Alan Chien at +84985333066 at anytime 24/7 to get assistance!
14. Last but not least, you can follow this map to get out of Hanoi. The blue line takes you to North-West and South-West and the green to North-East Vietnam. You basically ride along the river to avoid the crazy roads with many traffic lights in the inner city. Wish you have fantastic Vietnam motorbike tours with us.