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Plan for a motorbike trip in Vietnam

Posted by reachardl on 24/1/2011 at 09:28

I am in Bangkok and plan to go to Vietnam in Feb for a month by motorbike. Before going i want to makesure st for my trip so i need your help
1. how is the weather in Hanoi - Maichau- Dien Bien Pu - Sapa - Halong bay - Heu - Hoian -Nha Trang - HoChi Min ? I mean how differencce bettween ?
2. I am 178cm man so which bike should i take ?
3. How much is for a 2nd Bike and a new bike? What's kind?
I'm very excited to go!!!!!


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Posted by johnysac on 24/1/2011 at 13:02

hi there
First thing where do you want to start hanoi or saigon
1 78 is not too much of a prob as long as you keep clear of hondcubs and chailys
you can not buy a new bike unless you can wait 10 days for papers
let me know about your start point and maybe i can help


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Posted by reachardl on 25/1/2011 at 14:49

i think i will start from Hanoi then the northwest and then down to the south. Have you got any recommened bike and mechanic ?

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Posted by ricky121 on 25/1/2011 at 15:59

i don't know about a good mechanic over there but its better u go fot Triumph Tiger bikes.. 650 cc or 850cc will be good for the trip..

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Posted by johnysac on 26/1/2011 at 20:05

hi rechardi
contact vietnam motorbikes in hanoi ask fo a hond win
hi ricki
I am afraid you can only ride up to a 170 in vietnam.with out a special license. However most bikes are 110 or 125 legaly you need a viet license however most travelers dont bother as it is easy to pay the fine and most of the police turn a blind eye
The best time is now to ride as the rainy season is over but rain still occurs up nort and its colder . I f your bike is a honda desighned 110 then you will get it fixed any where.Most of the the time you can cross into cambodia on your blue card registration but use the mekong border check points I advise not to ride at night in the country side but in citys you are ok dependig in which district you are . just use your instincts

Regards johny

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Posted by ricky121 on 27/1/2011 at 12:51

hi johny, my Pulsar is a 220cc bike.. so would i require a special permit for it?

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Posted by onzereis on 27/1/2011 at 22:02

Hi reachardl,

My wife and i are doing a wonderfull trip on a bike right now. First Vietnam and now Cambodia. It's starting to get really hot here. The south of vietnam (HCM) is going to be freaking hot, but the north (esp. Sapa) is nicer and cooler. But still summer is coming.
I got to say Vietnam is nice but Cambodia is maybe nicer. More rural and quiter.

More info you can email me ( We spend the last 2 months on a bike so everything you want to now, just ask!

And if you are looking for a bike, ours is for sale right now. In two days we'll be in Siem Reap (an if not yet sold 2 weeks later in Bangkok) is the adv.

Let me know!
Cheers Rik

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Posted by johnysac on 28/1/2011 at 10:47

Hi ricky
You will be very lucky if you can get a non viet registered bike into the country and if you do parts for your 220 will be very hard to find My advice is buy in vietnam and then take into cambodia and thailand .Laos is closed to foreign bikes at the moment but that might change very soon
Regards johny

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Posted by windman on 5/3/2011 at 08:54

Laos is not closed to foreign bikes. My friend just toured all over with his Vietnam-registered Suzuki.

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Posted by Positivetravel on 9/3/2011 at 00:58

Hi Rechardi,

Very exciting about riding through Vietnam! We did it for 2 months and had the best time!
Honda Wins are very popular but we ended up buying a 2nd hand Suzuki 125cc (we both sat on it-my finace-who is 6ft-and myself, along with our 2 backpacks)

Like Johnnysac said it is illegal for foreigners to own a motorbike, but i think definitely getting something less powerful (like a 125cc that we did) helped us to stay out of the police's radar.

If you want some good people to conatct in hanoi and mechanics etc, email us and we can give you the details: admin [at] positiveworldtravel [dot] com


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Posted by theminskman on 17/3/2011 at 15:49

Hey guys, yeah if you get to Hanoi and want motorbikes, i stock some wins for sale that have all been worked on as a side line hobby and are in decent condition for the trip. Please email me on if you want to have a look at them. I am based in Hanoi.

I have been living here for a while and can direct you to some amazing places in vietnam!

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