Motorcycle Touring Destination Info

Vietnam

Vietnam flag

Capital City

Hanoi

Population

~ 100,000,000

Land Area

331,212 m2

Official Language(s)

Vietnamese

Currency

Vietnamese Dong (VND)

Driving Side

right

Climate

tropical in south; monsoonal in north with hot, rainy season (May to September) and warm, dry season (October to March)

Vietnam Fact File

Vietnam is an extremely diverse country due to the number of parallels it straddles and has 3 distinct regions: Northern, Central and Southern. As such, for a rider there is a wide range of driving conditions available. Most will prefer the mountains of the central highlands and to visit such places as the amazing Phong Nha Cave complex with Son Doong (the largest cave in the world) and perhaps the beach resorts such as Nha Trang and Mui Ne. Many people also wish to visit the traditional towns of Hoi An and Hue as well as ride the well known Hai Van (Sea Breeze) pass between the two. Much of the best riding is in the Northern region and includes the karst landscapes of Cao Bang Province with the majestic Ban Gioc Waterfall and the Ha Giang region where riders can take the ‘Happiness Road’ through the spectacular Ma Pi Leng pass. The Northwest is also a region not to be missed and includes such amazing sites as Ta Xua, famed for the extreme ‘dinosaur’s spine’ and the Mu Cang Chai area with its beautiful rice terracing.

Vietnam FAQ

Most travellers can get a visa on arrival that is valid for 15 days. If you would like to stay longer you can apply for a 3 month tourist visa, which is something that you can easily do online. This website will help you: https://vietnamvisa.govt.vn/apply-online/
Vietnam has signed the 1968 Convention on International Driving Permits. Therefore, this is the one that you need.
You do not need any proof of vaccination against COVID to enter Vietnam.
From the outside, Vietnamese traffic looks hectic and mayhem. It is quite disturbing for many riders who are used to rules and regulations being followed. However, once you are in the traffic and moving with it, there seems to be a logic and things do flow quite well. Things are more relaxed and so you should prepare for the unexpected when riding. Always, assume someone will do the most stupid thing and prep for that. Buses overtaking around corners, other vehicles pulling out of side turnings blindly etc… Then, you should be fine.
Try to bring as much as possible. We will advise you on the weather conditions when you book your tour/rental and this will inform you as to what you should bring. Nearly all items are available here but the supply is sporadic and sizes tend to be more for the Asian market. Bring your helmet, jacket, riding pants, boots, gloves and waterproofs as these are essential and size dependant. We can provide a limited range of gear and sizes so it is best to discuss this with us in advance as we cannot guarantee to have what you need. There is NO NEED to bring bungees, waterproof bags, phone holders etc… unless you really wish to.
Yes, there is. However, we have not heard of a case affecting any of our riders in the twenty years that we have been operating so we would question the use of anti-malarials. Yes, we go to some far flung places but it hasn’t been an issue so far. A far greater risk is Dengue fever for which there is no preventative medicine to take. Our best advice is to cover up and use a quality mosquito repellent.
There are petrol stations everywhere and also many people selling petrol on the side of the road for a slight premium in case you are in desperate need. Vietnam is a country of some 40 or 50 million motorbikes, most of which have 4 litre fuel tanks that need filling regularly so it is usually not hard to find fuel close by.
No, tipping is not the norm in Vietnam. It is, of course, appreciated and you should tip if you get good service. How much you tip is not defined and is your own choice.
You can easily rent a motorbike in major cities, at tourist hotspots and also from the hotel you stay in. They will ask for a passport as deposit and the charge is usually between 6 – 12usd per day for a small scooter. Larger CC bikes are sometimes available and can range from 15 – 50 usd per day. A good company to contact is www.rentabikevn.com
No, there are many Vietnamese dishes in Vietnam. However, there can be a limited range when are travelling in far flung regions so it might be wise to take a few snacks with you for variety. Vegan dishes are hard to find due the common use of fish sauce in many dishes
Generally, Vietnam is a very safe country and most visitors do not have any problems. Violent acts against tourists are rare and it is more likely that tourists will be victims of sneak thievery such as pickpocketing or other opportunistic crimes. You should pay attention to your belongings and also attempt to find out the correct prices for goods and services before purchasing. Prices are rarely labelled and can seem to be conjured out of thin air. The general road traffic is far more dangerous for newcomers and care should be taken when crossing the road and even when walking on the pavement. Vehicles will come from every direction so use your ears as well as your eyes.
Vietnam has 3 plug socket types in use. These are: type A, C and F. Type A has two flat parallel pins, Type C has two round pins and Type F has two round pins with two Earth clips on the side. You should bring one multi adapter at least. Adapters are usually easy to find here and quite cheap.
Due to Vietnam being quite a long country and stretching over 2,000km South to North the weather is quite varied. Therefore, there is always a good time to visit but to a different area each time. For our money, and motorbike touring, the best time of year is October to March in the North of the country. This is both the driest and coolest season, which makes touring much more pleasant.

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R.E. Himalayan 400

Royal Enfield Himalayan 400 motorcycle rental
Royal Enfield’s first adventure bike: the Himalayan is a reliable, capable all-rounder.

Engine Type

air-cooled, single cylinder, SOHC, 4-stroke

Displacement

411 cc

Bore X Stroke

78 mm x 86 mm

Ignition

Digital Electronic Ignition

Fuel System

fuel injection

Compression Ratio

9.5:1

Starter

electric

Gearbox

5-speed

Front Suspension

telescopic, 41 mm forks, 200 mm travel

Rear Suspension

monoshock, 180 mm travel

Front Brakes

disc

Rear Brakes

disc

Front Tyres

90/90-21

Rear Tyres

120/90-17

Wheelbase

1465 mm

Seat Height

800 mm

Ground Clearance

220 mm

Kerb Weight

199 kg

Fuel Capacity

15 litres

Dimensions

2190 mm (L) x 840 mm (W) x 1370 mm (H)

Honda CRF 300

Honda CRF 300 motorcycle rental
The perfect balance between size, weight, power and handling.

Engine Type

single cylinder, DOHC, Liquid cooled

Displacement

286 cc

Bore X Stroke

76 mm x 63 mm

Ignition

Full Transistor Digital

Fuel System

PGM-FI electronic fuel injection

Compression Ratio

10.7:1

Starter

electric

Gearbox

5-speed

Front Suspension

43 mm Telescopic upside down

Rear Suspension

Prolink Mono with 5 stage pre load adjuster

Front Brakes

256 mm disc, 2 piston caliper

Rear Brakes

220 mm disc, single piston caliper

Front Tyres

80/100 21

Rear Tyres

120/80 18

Wheelbase

1455 mm

Seat Height

880 mm

Ground Clearance

285 mm

Kerb Weight

142 kg

Fuel Capacity

7.8 litres

Dimensions

2230 mm (L) x 820 mm (W) x 1200 mm (H)

Honda CRF 250

Honda CRF 250 motorcycle rental
Replaced in 2021 by the CRF 300, this bike remains a great choice for thrill seekers.

Engine Type

liquid cooled, single cylinder, 4-stroke

Displacement

249 cc

Bore X Stroke

79 mm x 50.9 mm

Ignition

computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance

Fuel System

PGM-FI

Compression Ratio

13.9:1

Starter

electric

Gearbox

5-speed

Front Suspension

49 mm leading-axle inverted, 12.2-inch travel

Rear Suspension

single shock with spring preload; 12.3-inch travel

Front Brakes

single 260 mm disc

Rear Brakes

single 240 mm disc

Front Tyres

80/100 21

Rear Tyres

100 / 90 19

Wheelbase

1445 mm

Seat Height

875 mm

Ground Clearance

333 mm

Kerb Weight

145 kg

Fuel Capacity

7.7 litres

Dimensions

2,195 mm (L) x 815 mm (W) x 1,195 mm (H)

Honda XR 150

Honda XR 150 motorcycle rental
Inexpensive, comfortable and reliable, yet surprisingly capable off-road.

Engine Type

air cooled, OHC, single cylinder

Displacement

149 cc

Bore X Stroke

57.3 mm x 57.8 mm

Ignition

CDI

Fuel System

20 mm piston valve carburettor

Compression Ratio

9.5:1

Starter

electric with kick starter backup

Gearbox

5-speed

Front Suspension

telescopic fork, 180 mm axle travel

Rear Suspension

single shock swing arm, 150 mm axle travel

Front Brakes

dual piston caliper, 240 mm disc

Rear Brakes

mechanical drum

Front Tyres

90/90 19

Rear Tyres

110/90 17

Wheelbase

1362 mm

Seat Height

825 mm

Ground Clearance

243 mm

Kerb Weight

129 kg

Fuel Capacity

12 litres

Dimensions

2091 mm (L) x 811 mm (W) x 1125 mm (H)

R.E. Classic 350

Royal Enfield Classic 350 motorcycle rental
Wide handlebars and upright seating position, with classic styling.

Engine Type

4 stroke, air-cooled, single cylinder, SOHC

Displacement

349 cc

Bore X Stroke

72 mm x 85.8 mm

Ignition

Digital Electronic Ignition

Fuel System

fuel injection

Compression Ratio

9.5:1

Starter

electric

Gearbox

5-speed

Front Suspension

telescopic, 41 mm forks, 130 mm travel

Rear Suspension

twin tube emulsion shock, 6-step preload

Front Brakes

disc, 300 mm

Rear Brakes

disc, 270 mm

Front Tyres

100/90-19

Rear Tyres

120/80-18

Wheelbase

1465 mm

Seat Height

805 mm

Ground Clearance

170 mm

Kerb Weight

195 kg

Fuel Capacity

13 litres

Dimensions

2145 (L) x 785 (W) x 1090 (H)

Honda XR 250

Honda XR 250 motorcycle rental
One of Honda’s older dual sport offerings, replaced in 2004 by the CRF 250.

Engine Type

Four Stroke, air cooled, SOHC, single cylinder

Displacement

249 cc

Bore X Stroke

73 mm x 59 mm

Ignition

CDI

Fuel System

32 mm Keihin carburettor

Compression Ratio

10.2:1

Starter

electric with kick starter backup

Gearbox

6-speed

Front Suspension

41mm telescopic, air assisted fork

Rear Suspension

Pro Link adjustable

Front Brakes

dual piston caliper, 240 mm disc

Rear Brakes

single piston caliper, 220 mm disc

Front Tyres

80/100 21

Rear Tyres

100/100 18

Wheelbase

1400 mm

Seat Height

920 mm

Ground Clearance

315 mm

Kerb Weight

104 kg

Fuel Capacity

9 litres

Dimensions

2110 mm (L) x 830 mm (W) x 1215 mm (H)