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Motorbike from Saigon to Hanoi (Also looking for someone to do the trip with)

  • SEABackpack-
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    Anyone have any experiences doing the motorbike trip up the coast? Any do's and don'ts? Recommendations on bikes? Also if anyone wants to do the trip with me, I am very open to chat with ya!

    Cheers

    #1 Posted: 10/4/2014 - 10:21

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  • mixxat

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    When you are doing this?

    #2 Posted: 10/4/2014 - 11:32

  • mixxat

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    When you are doing this?

    #3 Posted: 10/4/2014 - 11:32

  • SEABackpack-
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    Hey Mixxat,
    I should have also added when I plan on doing this aha
    I plan on getting too Saigon around June 5th, explore around Saigon for a bit less than a week depending on if I like what I see. Then motor along soon after then.

    #4 Posted: 10/4/2014 - 13:20

  • MotHaiBa

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    There's a couple bike shops in pham ngu lao area - one in bui vien and one in do quang dau streets. Plenty of advice there plus you will probably hook up with another rider or 2. Always some one heading off on that trip.

    #5 Posted: 10/4/2014 - 23:52

  • mixxat

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    Buy a Honda Win 110cc, its cheap and easy to fix, you get parts for this everywhere. It would be good for you if dont have much experiences of motorbiking. If you have, then buy something more powerfull.

    #6 Posted: 11/4/2014 - 05:34

  • cronolegs

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    I run a shop (not in backpacker area but nearby) selling bikes for the journey.

    A Win is a manual bike which most backpackers choose, ranging from $250-$400 depending on quality.

    A Wave is a semi automatic and very easy to drive. It is what most Vietnamese people use on a daily basis but is also a good choice for the journey. Ranging from $250-300


    The coast is much more busy in terms of traffic but is the normal backpacker trail through the party towns. I actually send customers off along the cambodia/laos border to do the real hidden war Ho Chi Minh trail. Where you will be lucky to see one bike in 30 minutes of driving. Stunningly beautiful through the mountains...
    I provide some basic Vietnamese words and some tips on how to tackle the really remote areas.

    Be careful when buying a bike, they can vary in quality and safety ^^.
    If you want more information check out tigit.co.uk

    Hope I have provided enough useful information to justify my post :)
    Jon

    #7 Posted: 12/4/2014 - 07:07

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    Hey cronolegs,
    I've done some research and found that you need to have a Vietnamese license to ride a motorbike over 50cc. With that being said, is the trip doable with a 50cc bike. I did read that some people did it, just wanting to hear any opinion about it!!
    Cheers,
    Arnold

    #8 Posted: 12/4/2014 - 07:51

  • cronolegs

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    50cc would probably be ok for doing the coastal route, but it wouldn't be ok for the mountain route - also not to sure how you would go about putting your bag on a bike like that.

    Also the main 50cc bike is called a Honda Cub and they are actually quite expensive and hard to find. Between $300-500

    Or people buy a bike called a Honda 67 (which is registered as 50cc) but upgraded to 100cc. I recommend you checkout the Honda 67 factory on facebook for that, but your looking between $500-$700 for one of those bikes.


    In terms of Vietnamese driving license it really makes no difference within Vietnam. Your very unlikely to be stopped, and even if you are then your looking at a $5-10 bribe to be on your way again.
    The issue with driving illegally is down to insurance, if your wanting to be insured for crashing yourself or killing someone else then you can't insure yourself within Vietnam or through an insurance company back home because you are driving illegally.

    People seem to think a 50cc registered (but 100cc) Honda 67 will bypass this insurance problem..... But I wouldn't want to be the guy putting that to the test

    So basically, to drive around Vietnam is no problem!
    But you have no insurance protection and as far as I am aware there is no way around this.

    Hope that helps :)

    #9 Posted: 12/4/2014 - 08:04

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