Motobikes are dangerous, but as the chosen from of transport in the region, they are almost unavoidable (especially for budget travellers), and riding your own (or on the back with a driver) can be a lot of fun. If you follow some simple guidelines, renting a bike and buzzing the highways and byways of Vietnam us a real highlight.
1/ Wear a helmet
2/ Go slowly and use your horn
Vietnam is right side driving countries, and if you find yourself edging into the middle of the road and passing aggressively, you are going too fast. Things go bad in a millisecond on a motorbike, and slowing down adds to that precious time. Other drivers are very unpredictable, with oncoming tragic often merging head-on in countless situation- when making a left turn. In rural parts where anything from chickens, water buffalo, and children are likely to jump out on the road. An in cities where road are absolute sea of fender and fender motorbikes, cars and trucks. Use the horn to indicate that you are passing someone or proceeding through an intersection
3/ Take breaks.
That’s the beauty of having your own transport. You can stop wherever you like and clock photos or talk with locals. Plus, it’s important to stay alert and fresh because the road poses constant challenges and obstacles- cars, trucks, motorbikes, bicycles, kids playing, late groups of cycling kids coming home from school, workers drying produce on the concrete, water buffalos, cows, goats, and poultry of all kinds. The mind reels after a while.
4/ Take short trips.
Look for a map of the region and you’ll think you can trace the farthest lengths on a motorbike, but realize that rural roads are often dirt tracks and quite broken up, and high speed highways are crowded with reckless drivers. Pick your battles. Make long hauls by bus or hired car and, when arriving in a central location, rent a motorbike to take yoi out into countryside
5/ Hire a guide.
Trips supported by a company with a guide and provisions can make your adventures a little more manageable
In Hoi An, you can contact
Hoi An Motorbike Adventure
After using this guide, if you are still afraid of riding a motorbike, why don’t you join a motorbike food tour? Joining this tour, you will have not only great moments discovering Hoi An on the back of a motorbike but also chance to discover best street food here and have fun with local friends. Otherwise, taking an walking food tour will be perfect if you are totally afraid of being on a motorbike in Vietnam. An evening walking food tour is great if you want to discover Hoi An‘s night life as well as play some Hoi An’s traditional games and get an excellent insight into Hoi An’s food, culture and history. Details are available at http://hoianfoodtour.com/holiday/evening-walking-food-tour/
6/ Know about your bike.
In tourist areas, you usually choose from a selection of 1—cc scooters. These shift without a clutch and are easy for beginners. In some parts, you ‘’ be rent good 250cc dirt bike or larger street bikes; do so only if you have experience using them. In parts of Vietnam you’ll find the Russian – built Minsk, a guaranteed break down on wheels but fun to drive. Before choosing a bike, go through the checklist below:
– Check that the horn works ( very important)
– Check that the headlights and the turn signals work
– Touch the food break on the right side or the hand break and make sure that the rear break lights work
– Check for loose parts or major scrapes. Often you’ll be blamed for these upon return si be sure to get the renter’s attention and acknowledgement of any major flaws on the bike
– In many circumstances you’ll be asked to leave your passport. Do so only in the case of large, reputable dealers (some will not rent without it). With the street side renters, just leave a passport copy or another piece of ID. Avoid leaving any security deposit
In case of an accident with another vehicle, know that it’s more or less a bribe game, with no insurance claims or police involvement (even if you’re not at fault). Haggle the best price
In case of damage to your own rented bike, it’s a good idea to try to get things fixed at an outside dealer. Returning to a renter with a broken bike is tantamount to opening yourself to outright extortion and claims that broken parts need to be ordered from Japan. The problem is that the renter has you over a barrel. See if you can fix yourself and when talking with an angry renter, try to find someone friendly who can help you translate
If you’ re safe about it, you can come home with great memories if buzzing through broad paddy fields, along sunny coasts, or over high mountain passes