I am quite keen to hire a motorbike while in Vietnam but keep hearing differing views about the legality of doing this. Is it possible/ feasible to get a Vietnamese motorbike licence while over there and thereby cover travel insurance and police worries.
I have previously hired motorbikes in Bali but getting caught by the police only entails a ~$7 AUD "fine". My travel insurance covers me as long as I have a licence valid in the relevant country. I only have a car licence in Australia which I think allows me to ride 50cc.
#1 trobs has been a member since 24/1/2011. Posts: 12
I know a lot of people here with motorbikes and as far as I know none of them have licenses. So definitely no problem to hire a bike without one, but in theory it is illegal. However, if you get stopped the fine probably won't be too high - a friend got caught going through a red light and was charged 200,000VND (about $10) and no questions asked about a license. However, you will struggle to get anything below a 50cc so you'll have to decide whether you are happy to risk it on the insurance side of things.
Stephen you can hire a motorbike easily pretty much everywhere in SEA but dont expect your travel insurance to cover you if you have an accident. Especially considering you dont even have an Australian motorbike license.
As for the cops, i wouldn't worry too much. They wont bother you too much due to the communication barrier, but if they do, you will just have to flash the cash.
...I wouldn't worry about licence for motorcycle in vn, unless I plan to stay there longer than...3 months. The waiting period for vn licence takes a few days plus fee. There are millions of bikes on the road with... a few cops. As long as you have helmet, no overspeed or accident, you're OK. One time get pulled over by cops, the cost is still good vs the fee and the waiting for equivalent vn licence. Make sure to have mirror to reflect your behind on hws and expect the...un-expect. That's all. One of my little experience in Mekong Delta region as....Due to the narrow highway with all kinds of..things,..i.e..animals, drying crops on the road, pedestrians...one time I rode the bike along a country road and in front of me besides the road, there was one farmer walking on his way to the field...His hoe on his shoulder with...a long handle...When I approach him from behind, he suddenly turned sideway on to the trail down the field and there ...I quickly duck the hoe's handle stuck out from his back. Oh, man. that's all. Aahahhahahahahhaha!
#4 Randy has been a member since 3/2/2011. Posts: 28
Thanks everyone, I think I will just hire a bike and not have an accident!!
#5 trobs has been a member since 24/1/2011. Posts: 12
of course always be prepared for the unexpected.........
#6 69bertie has been a member since 22/12/2009. Posts: 90