Motorbike or scooter is the most widely used means of transport in Vietnam: You will probably also use the services of buses, which are very widespread, also trains or taxis. If you use a motorbike for transport and Google Maps, watch out for road markings. Some small roads can be displayed as main roads, but when you get there, it can be a very difficult to pass dirt road (especially in remote areas). The traffic in Vietnam can sometimes be dangerous, personally, I’ve seen only one minor traffic accident in Hanoi, and it was only a fender bender ?
From 2015 you need to have international driving licence. The best and cheapest option for transportation in Vietnam is to rent or buy a motorbike rent a motorbike costs from $7-15 / 1 day (this price applies if you rent a motorbike for 1-4 days, if you rent a motorbike for 1 month, the price is greatly reduced).
You will see thousands of motorbikes and confusing chaos in Hanoi motorbikes ride in the wrong direction, along the sidewalks/ pavements, on paths, etc … be careful ! If you do not want to drive, you can ask someone with a motorbike (mototaxi) when you rent a motorbike or take a bus you will see very intersting and out of the way places
when you rent a motorbike, check it and take a picture in front of the dealer wear a motorbike helmet, ride slowly and very carefully, the roads are dangerous in some remote areas check the traffic situation in front of you, traffic in Vietnam is unpredictable in mountainous areas it is better to rent a motorbike with a bigger engine the most popular model is Honda, I personally tried these several times without any problem take at least a basic set of tools for a motorbike on July 2018, Google Maps launched a ‘motorbike mode’ in its navigation feature in some Asia-Pacific countries including Vietnam, you can use it
You can buy or rent a motorbike mainly in the center of big cities and tourists spots. Outside the shop is a row of motorbikes and the inscription “Motorbike for sale / rent”, it is a clear signal, there is a bike shop. Vietnamese – “Xe máy” = Motorcycle, “Cho thuê xe máy” = Motorcycle Rentals.
The government was working on accepting international driving licenses (IDP) from 2015. Unfortunately, there is no final confirmation or further instruction from the Ministry of Transport. Vietnamese driving licences are mandatory for riders of motorcycles with a capacity of over 50cc. You need A1 license for under 175cc or A2 licence for over 175cc. Currently, it’s near impossible to have a Vietnamese motorbike license if you travel on a tourist visa. You need a business visa, a work permit and/or a residence card. Then it is possible to transfer your International driving license into a Vietnamese motorbike license. In practice, the Vietnamese police rarely stop foreign tourists on motorbikes and enforce the requirement for a Vietnamese motorbike license. But, it is still a good idea to take with you an international driving license.
Since 2015 in Vietnam – a new international driver’s license – get it! if you have an accident and need your travel insurance, an international driving license is necessary you can rent more powerful motorbike without a license – the seller is not inerested in a licence if you have an accident and you dont have an international driver’s license and travel insurance – you pay all the costs no insurance exists for foreign tourists for the motorbikes themselves in Vietnam if you want to buy a motorcycle, try to look beyond the big tourist centers or certified partners when you buy or rent a motorbike you need to get the registration papers (Blue Vietnamese registration card) for traveling I recommend a semi-automatic motorbike
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