Have you been dreaming about taking an amazing Vietnam motorbike tour? These tips for riding a motorbike in Vietnam can help you prepare for your trip.
Getting on your Moto and touring Vietnam is a great way to see this country but you need to know that there are some things that you should prepare for that will make your touring around on your moto a bit easier.
The Rules of the Road
The rules of the road do not actually apply in Vietnam. On the up side of things people really seem to respect people on motorbikes. They give them the right of way however it does seem that motorbikes riders in Vietnam take advantage of the assumption that other motorist are looking out for them.
Speed limits are not strictly enforced either so you can set your own pace.
You have to keep up with the flow of traffic or you risk being run off the road and dealing with angry motorist. Find your rhythm with the rest of the traffic and do your best to keep up. At first it may seem like a strange way to ride to look at the other traffic and see how fast they are going instead of looking at your speedometer but you will get used to it rather quickly.
Don't Over Do It!
Take your time while raveling through Vietnam. Do not try to get more riding in on one day than you feel comfortable with. In other words if you are comfortable riding for 3-4 hours a day than pace yourself to do only those 3-4 hours.
There are great tea shops all over Vietnam where you can get a cup of cold tea for less than a dollar US. Stop and take frequent breaks so you do not become fatigued and unable to enjoy the ride.
Use a Map
GPS is grand BUT some areas may not be on the GPS and may exclude some pretty cool places to take a break at so get a good road map and plot your trip that way. Try to get off the beaten path and take some back roads while you are traveling so you can really get a feel for the country! The road signs are pretty reliable in Vietnam so plotting your trip should not be so hard.
Try to Travel During the Day
Those unruled roads are great during the day but can become hazardous at night so try to do the bulk of your traveling while it is still daylight. There are not a lot of street lights so you can easily be plunged into total darkness once the sun goes down in many areas.