Riding Vietnam

Before setting off for Vietnam, make sure you are aware of the licence requirements and the laws of the road. For any bike over 50cc, a driver’s licence is required. Ensure your country is a party to the 1968 convention for International Drivers Licence and register your consent with them. You may get away without a valid licence but get into trouble, and you will have to face the Vietnamese courts. Also, without a permit, your travel insurance will be null and void. On a bike, you will not be able to ride the good highways, and the other roads leave a lot to be desired. As the roads are toll controlled, most drivers use the lesser ways, causing congestion and severe damage to the road surfaces.

Be Aware

The roads are filled with cars, trucks and bikes, millions of bicycles. All road users use their hooters to warn each other, especially on the twists and turns in the mountainous regions. Keep your wet weather clothing handy. Vietnam is a damp country and roads become slippery, so consider this before braving the wet roads.

If you dress like a foreigner, you will be stopped by the police. Sometimes they will issue a fine or expect a bribe, so instead stay away from them. Avoid roadside mechanics and use reputable workshops if repairs are necessary. Don’t leave your bike unlocked – it will be stolen. Don’t leave your equipment unattended – it will be impressed.

Routes to ride

The main arterial road is between Ho Chi Min and Hanoi and this road also gives access to other cities. This road will take at least a week to traverse, especially if you are sightseeing. The alternative route between Ho Chi Min and Hanoi is less travelled, and the better course for tourists to use as the scenery is fantastic and gives a better picture of Vietnam. Leaving from Ha Giang and taking the loop road to the Northern boundaries of Vietnam will showcase Vietnam beauty and nature. It is a well worth round trip, but with bad stretches of road.

Hoi Au is in central Vietnam and worth spending some time. Seek out the diverse architecture from French Colonial buildings, the Japanese bridge and Chinese influence. If you are looking for new clothes, this is the place to be. Tailors abound and can sew up items overnight. Visit My Son Ruins, passing through traditional villages on route. There are ruins to be seen – from the war destroyed Hindu shrines and monuments and the crumbling Champer temples.

Da Nang

If you are near the Dragm Bridge at 9 pm, you can witness its fiery breath. At the Son Tin Peninsula, there is a Lady Buddha which protects the bay from typhoons. From the top of the Marble Mountains, you can see Da Nang from above and explore pagodas and shrines and visit the levels of Hell Cave.

Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed.

Powered by WordPress and MagTheme