I'm going to start my trip around November 15th in HCMC.
Travelling solo, let me know if you have similar plans.
#1 gdansk has been a member since 8/7/2010. Posts: 19
hey Marek, let me know how your trip ends up. I'm thinking about seeing Vietnam by motorbike as well, only not until March 2011. I'll be travelling solo too so hopefully i can meet up with a group along the way.
whats your riding experience?
#2 travellite has been a member since 6/4/2010. Posts: 17
Hey CAMELLIA89 welcome on the forum!
i have some riding experience, mostly in SE asia, and mostly on scooters, but i know how to ride "clutch" bike too.
will be looking for one of the Honda Bonus bike, wich seems to be quite reliable. I have no solid route plan, got 7 weeks so no rush.
Can't wait to get to Vietnam. i'll let you know how it goes.
#4 gdansk has been a member since 8/7/2010. Posts: 19
I'll be buying a bike there in January (or so). Want to ride all of Vietnam and hopefully into Laos and Cambodia. Will be traveling solo as well, so would love to hear more about your trip. I'm sure a group shouldn't be too hard to find. I haven't ridden much outside the US, but own a 800cc bike here. Riding a little 110 should be interesting Looking to buy a minsk (for style and sentiment), but will probably end up with a honda because they're the best...
I have to admit I find the fascination with the Minks and other small bikes here on Travelfish interesting. It seems nobody rides anything bigger than 125cc. That indigenous persons do I understand, it's about money. But that everyone on travelfish seems to - I don't understand.
#7 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
I thought bikes over 125cc were illegal in Vietnam. That's just what I gathered from the forums here. I would way rather ride a 650-ish bike if I could get one. I read they're available in Thailand, but you can't bring them into Vietnam and (maybe) Laos and Cambodia. I'm sure you know better than I, so please confirm or deny this nasty rumor. Aside from that though, the price of a 125cc bike is a major attraction. Looks like I can pick one up with gear and parts for about $300. I would spend more than that on bus tickets if I didn't buy a bike! I imagine a 650cc bike (if it's even available) would run into the thousands $$ (which of course may be worth it...).
I think you have to be part of a motorcycle club in Vietnam to have a bike over 175cc - that's what I heard. Not positive. Thailand has no restrictions and you can (and my friends have) riden to Laos on bikes as large as 750cc. The trick as always is actually getting a bike, because to buy in Thailand you have to live in Thailand.
#9 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
I guess that would explain the fascination travelfish people have with small bikes... since they're the only ones we can get. I'm going to hold on to mine for at least a couple of months while touring several countries, so it doesn't make sense to rent. There's also the attention and theft factor... Last thing I want is to come cruising into some village on a giant, shiny, monster bike that just screams "I'M RICH" (which is quite contrary to the facts).
happy trails, lev
In Thailand, screaming "I'm rich" is the way to go. Gets you respect, and I've never had a thing stolen here in the three and a half years I've lived here. I've heard of scamming going on in tourist areas though.
It would seem a tourist can buy a bike in Vietnam, not sure about Cambodia, but pretty sure no in Laos and definitely no in Thailand. The bike size doesn't matter.
#11 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
i'm going to be in central Vietnam around March 16 and travelling solo, looking for someone to do a motorbike tour with. i'm hoping to head south from hoi an, but i could meet up farther down the coast. probably just do the motorbike tour for about 5 days. please let me know if you are interested! thanks
#12 kfie has been a member since 2/3/2011. Posts: 6