For someone new to Vietnam the traffic seems chaotic, and that's a fair assumption! But look deeper and there is a certain harmony and flow involved that actually works in even the most congested traffic. Speeds are low, the horn is in constant use, not out of aggression but as an indicator to other traffic that you are approaching, and the locals are quite good riders. You do need to be alert for dogs, chickens, buffalo, children and many other hazards which can suddenly appear as you should on any ride. We steer away from the national highways wherever possible and don't ride in the city of Ho Chi Minh as yes, that is crazy traffic!
For how long do we ride each day ?
Actual motorcycle time is around 6hrs in the saddle, covering distances of around 100 to 200 kms depending on the terrain. Remember speeds on these beautiful country roads are quite low , you will rarely exceed 80kmh, all the better for taking in the exquisite scenery. It is not a race!
Why do the tours start in NHa Trang?
This is the gateway to the central highlands, the very best riding in Vietnam. Nha Trang is also Vietnams premier beachside town with excellent amenities and long sandy beaches and most customers choose to stay here for a number of days before or after each tour, smitten with it's charm and lifestyle.
When is the best time to come to Vietnam ?
Any time is a great time too see this wonderful country! The months of April to October are considered the dry season and are a few degrees warmer with the other months considered the wet season being of course cooler. This season has it's advantages with cheaper airfares to and from Vietnam, and the countryside looking it's glorious best, lush and green and roadside waterfalls in abundance. Rain usually occurs in the late afternoon for about an hour which we take into consideration whilst touring.
Do I really need a current motorcycle license from my country?
Whist not having one won't stop you riding in Vietnam , we however whole heartedly feel you should have one in regard to avoiding possible police fines, voiding personal travel insurances and other difficulties which could arise should you be involved in an accident, however minor. We also advise that you purchase an international license as a further safeguard. These are easily available in Australia for around $20 aud at nrma, racv racq etc. Check your home country for availability. Legally, as of writing, the onus is on you to have a Vietnamese license which we can help you arrange through a brokering agent in Vietnam. So far we've had no problems arise from the great majority of our customers not taking this option, but wish to inform you that this is the correct procedure.
Do you take pillion passengers or beginner riders?
Yes we often take pillion passengers, many husbands and wives choose this option and there is a significant discount for a pillion passenger ( check prices option ). You can also see Vietnam as a passenger on one of our tour guide bikes, also very popular. No we don't take beginner riders, we suggest you use our pillion passenger option, you will still have the time of your life!
How much luggage should I bring ?
In short, as much as you like. We provide safe storage for round trip customers or can forward luggage to your final destination. If you take the option of our support vehicle your excess luggage can travel with you. Our bikes have racks for bags or backpacks and waterproof saddle bags can be provided free of charge as well. You can really travel light as most hotels have a laundry service and tshirts, underware and such is very cheap to purchase whilst you travel. Under normal circumstances, you can carry all you will need comfortably on the motorcycle.
How do I pay for the tour and to who?
Payments can be made by credit card, Internet transfer,cheque or cash to our accredited agent in Australia , Main Street Travel, 2 Empire st Mornington, VIC 3931 . Telephone 03 59756333 or from international +61 3 59756333
Email address firstname.lastname@example.org we use this agency for secure payment, booking enquiries, visa information and travel info. You are free to use any agency to acquire the best deals on flights in or out of Vietnam.
What about travel insurance, third party insurance or if I damage the motorcycle?
Whatever you do abroad you should have personel cover and make sure that your policy covers you for riding a motorcycle. Most companies only cover you for riding machines up to 200 cc( our machines are 150cc) and require you to be licensed. We have found that QBE and Worldcover have good policies. Third party insurance for Vietnam is included in the tour cost. Damages to the motorcycle can be covered in full by VMT for only $10 aud per day additional to your normal tour costs, nearly all our customers take this great low cost option.