FAQ and KEY INFO

We know it’s tricky to plan an adventure, so here is a list of frequently asked questions and key information points to help make things that little bit easier. Please read the information carefully, then once you contact us we can take over all the hard work!

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Our highly experienced guides will make it easy for you to enjoy riding in Vietnam. We do not ride in the Ho Chi Minh City district, as the traffic is really crazy! We prefer to ride the stunning country backroads that have yet to be discovered by other tourists. You can expect to ride on a number of varied road surfaces; some smooth, some bumpy, some still under construction etc. The roads also often feature a variety of wild animals loitering around, wandering back and forth, so you must keep your focus at all times!
Riding Vietnam is best suited to experienced riders. Whilst you don't need to be the best rider in the world to enjoy this truly amazing country, we do not under any circumstance take inexperienced or first time riders. 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 generally good riders. You do need to be alert (as you should be on any ride!) particularly keeping an eye out for dogs, chickens, buffalo, children and many other hazards which can (and will) suddenly appear. We steer away from the national highways wherever possible and don't ride in the city of Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi as yes, that is crazy traffic! VMT is very much focused on getting you into the real Vietnam, away from the busy city traffic. We venture into the more remote parts of Vietnam with little and sometimes no traffic. All our rides have been designed by riders, for riders wanting to see the very best of the Real Vietnam. Stunning mountain roads, small remote villages, incredible countryside… Much better than busy city traffic!
Actual motorcycle time is around 5-6hrs in the saddle, along with plenty of stops to check things out. We cover average distances of around 150 to 200 kms per day 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 and enjoying the constantly curvy roads! It is not a race....! Relax and enjoy the ride!!!
Riders from around the globe choose VMT as their preferred choice of tour operator. VMT caters to every kind of motorcyclist from solo riders to small and larger motorcycling groups or clubs. We have even catered to many special guests such as Moto GP Legend Garry Mccoy! Providing quality service and the best experiences in the real Vietnam, VMT has extensive experience in touring the mountains and remote parts of Vietnam. We have created the best tour routes in the country, carefully selected for your enjoyment.
Yes we often take pillion passengers, many husbands and wives choose this option and there is a significant discount for a pillion passenger (check pricing options on our tour calendar HERE). You can also see Vietnam as a passenger on one of our tour guide bikes, also very popular. However, we do not take beginner riders, we suggest you use our pillion passenger option, you will still have the time of your life!
Freedom is the key word here... VMT is not your mainstream tour operator. Whilst there is a need to get from point A to point B each day, you are welcome to stop as you please if you ever want to check something out... Nearly all VMT rides have a tail / sweep rider who is also on-hand for any mechanical repairs.
This depends on the tour option you have selected. Premium Tours include a support vehicle for carrying all your baggage, Standard Tour option riders carry their own gear. VMT motorcycles come with carry racks, straps and plastic covers. We also have a free-to-use limited supply of saddle bags. Guides will assist you for loading and unloading. VMT recommends you travel light and bring your gear in a backpack for easy strapping onto your bike.
VMT have two late-model Mercedes Benz and Ford Transit mini vans - each are nine seaters. Ideal for larger groups wanting the convenience, or for family and friends who are wanting to tag along.
Any time is a great time to see this wonderful country! The months of February to October are considered the dry season and are a few degrees warmer, whilst November to January are considered the wet season and are of course slightly cooler. Wet season has it's advantages with cheaper airfares to and from Vietnam, and the countryside looking it's glorious best, lush and green with roadside waterfalls in abundance. Rain usually occurs in the late afternoon for about an hour which we do take into consideration whilst touring.
Apart from your riding gear, we suggest that you pack three sets of clothes; Shorts, T-shirts, Jeans, Pants etc. Hiking-style gear is often good, as it is lightweight and packs small. In general, the temperatures in Vietnam are considered ‘warm to hot’. However, we do travel in the mountain regions, so we suggest that you pack a jacket or light jumper just in case you feel a chill when riding at high altitudes. Other than that, you shouldn’t need to bring too much, so it’s best to pack light. Just consider the same sort of things you would normally bring on any other holiday; basic toiletries, thongs/flip flops for the evening, hat and sunglasses, sunscreen, small daypack, cameras etc.
You should bring all your normal protective riding gear. We do have a stock supply of helmets and wet weather overcoats, but many prefer to bring their own (particularly to ensure a good fit!). Mostly the weather is ‘warm to hot,’ but the mountains can get cooler, so it is a good idea to bring a heavier jacket as well. You will also need the following; gloves, sturdy footwear, protective eyewear (goggles or visor) and protective clothing. It is also a good idea to bring a daypack for carrying essentials when riding. Many choose to also include a hydrapack. Don’t forget to pack some swim gear too, as we visit beaches, waterfalls and some hotels offer pools. Please be aware that Thongs and Flip Flops (though necessary for the evening) are not suitable for riding on our tours.
The local currency is Vietnamese Dong. Around 20,000 VND is equivalent to $1 USD. Most currencies (including Australian) are easy to exchange in Vietnam and you will generally get better rates than trying to convert back home.

If you are on a Premium or Special Event tour, most expenses are covered for you. You only require small amounts of cash for dinner/beer/snacks each day, plus souvenir/shopping money if you wish.

There are many ATM machines, and nearly all cards work fine, though it is a good idea to let your bank know that you are travelling to Asia or they may stop your card due to fraud protection services. There are credit card facilities at all the larger towns/cities etc.
You have a number of options including direct booking with an Airline or using your preferred travel agent. You can also request a flight booking using our licensed agent Renee. SEE CONTACT US’ PAGE.
Flights within Vietnam are arranged for premium tour package options.
Your travel agent can arrange your visa, or a cheaper option is to use an online service such as myvietnamvisaonline.com to get a 'pre-approval' letter which you then present to customs on arrival. Charges are around $45 US for a one month visit. You need a passport style photo to attach to the immigration form that you will get at the counter (in fact, it is usually a good idea to bring 2!).

NB: As of mid-2015, Vietnam have made changes to the visa requirements from several EU countries, meaning that if you stay for a period of less than 15 days, a visa is not necessarily required. PLEASE CHECK YOUR LOCAL VN EMBASSY WEBSITE TO SEE TERMS.
Yes, VMT provide a very warm welcome with airport pick up services and VIP transfers for all arrivals into Nha Trang Airport. VMT can also arrange airport pick up services for HCMC upon request for special event tours starting in HCMC.
Phones on global roaming will work fine, but a better idea is to bring an old unlocked phone and get a cheap, local sim card. Calls and data are much cheaper this way, with excellent signal and 3g throughout Vietnam. Our guides can easily help you with this, and cards start from just a few dollars.
We stay in good hotels and mosquito bites are not that common. Wet season travellers should cover up at dusk/dawn and have a strong mosquito repellent to apply. This is generally considered to be enough protection, though it is of course a personal choice whether or not you wish to seek malaria protection before you depart.
Whatever you do abroad you should always have personal cover. Make sure that your policy covers you for riding a motorcycle in this territory. Most Good travel insurance covers you for riding machines up to 200 cc (our machines are 150cc) and require you to be licensed in your home country. We have found that QBE and Worldcover have good Motorcycle travel insurance policies. THESE WILL COVER YOU FOR RIDING WITH US. Remember to check your policy covers you for riding overseas. Cheap over-the-counter policies like Cover-More travel insurance will not cover you...
Third party insurance for Vietnam is included in your tour cost. Motorcycle Damage cover option is also available for only $20 AUD per day additional to your normal tour costs. Nearly all our customers take this great low cost option.
Whist a lack of license won't stop you riding in Vietnam, we do whole-heartedly feel that you should have one with regards to avoiding possible police fines, potentially 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. Or 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 we wish to inform you that this is the correct procedure if you do not hold an international license. Word from the Vietnamese Consulate in Sydney Australia: ‘If you’re touring with a licensed tour operator in Vietnam, you only need a license from your home country.’ Vietnam Motorbike Tours is a registered and licensed tour operator in Vietnam.
As of October 2014, Vietnam have now joined the Geneva Convention. This is great news for all riders, as the International Motorcycling license is now recognised in Vietnam!

Simply take your license to an Agency that handles international licensing. It’s a simple one-stop process. The average cost is around $30.00 for Australian agencies such as RACV, NARMA, RACQ.
VMT team and guides carry medical field kits and have emergency plans in place should something go wrong. Please be aware: all motorcycling has its associated risks and dangers. We do travel through some remote locations and, as such, long delays can be expected when trying to reach professional medical treatment centres. VMT offers back to base support 24/7.
Vietnam is one of the safest countries in Asia, however, small scams can happen just like any other major city throughout the world, so you still need to aware. BEWARE of copycat tour operators: VMT has seen an increase in this, including Fake operators using Vietnam Motorbike Tours heading and pictures...
For current tour pricing and inclusions, you can check out our tour calendar and pricing HERE .
Or you can check our Contact Us page HERE.
Contact us via email or call Renee at our Australian booking office on +61359756333. Please include your preferred tour or group number and travel dates.
We strongly advise booking in advance so VMT can best accommodate your preferred tour dates.
Payments can be made by credit card, Internet transfer, cheque, or cash to our licensed & accredited booking agent in Australia. For more information and bookings call Renee at our Australian office: +61 3 59756333. Deposit is needed to secure and guarantee your booking.

 

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Trusted experience to help you plan and book a tour . VMT booking and planning managers Ben and Renee have been part of VMT team for over 9 years. offering you expert advice and service .

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Renee has worked in the travel industry for over 12 years offering expert advice and assistance when booking and planning with VMT . Also at hand is our Bookings Consultant, Ben with over 9 years experience with VMT , Ben can help you with any Motorcycle Riders/Touring information, Tour Bookings, or any other questions that you may have. Trip Co-ordinator and Guide ‘Ben Wah’ is a perfect contact option if you feel like a chat and want to know more about what it’s like to ride Vietnam. Ben, better known for his work as a TV host on long-running Australian lifestyle TV show ‘Blokesworld,’ is a well-known rider throughout the motorcycling industry, with 40+ years riding experience.

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