Motorcycle adventures are the most popular type of trip we provide in Vietnam. All inclusive tours by motorbike are the easiest type of trip because you just ride and enjoy your holiday while we work. The only things you need to take care of are drinks and personal medical insurance. The following are details you need to know after we lock in your booking. Also, make sure to check out FAQs page to have more information. If you still don’t have the answer, please contact us.
BEFORE SENDING A DEPOSIT
Our office is located in Hanoi where all rides start from, but you can end your ride anywhere in Vietnam. Please arrange the flight(s) to Hanoi’s Noi Bai International airport at least one day before your trip starts.
Start your ride out of Hanoi
For people who don’t want to negotiate with Hanoi busy traffic, we can send the bike(s) on the truck to the edge of the city and actual riding starts from outside of Hanoi. However, this costs you extra and please send us an email to discuss.
For Northern Vietnam where 90% of our rides take place, the best time is usually from September to January (cool and dry). From February to April is normally cold and wet. May to August is hot and Indian summer is in June, July, and August.
Deposit & currency
When you pay a deposit to secure your booking, most banks double charge as most of them use a middle bank (over 80% of the transfers we received). If this is the case, don’t worry about the short balance as we can settle this when we meet in Hanoi. You can transfer the money in your local currency, but make sure to ask your bank about the exchange rates. We prefer cash as “cash is king” in Vietnam, and accept USD, GBP, CAD, AUD, CHF, EUR, HKD or SGD. If you don’t want to travel with cash, you can just pay us all before you come to Vietnam. We will send further instruction after you confirm your booking with us.
Vietnam visa on arrival
Most travellers need a visa for Vietnam. We can assist with a pre-approval visa letter. For the standard 30-day tourist visa, you pay us the letter (20$US/person, available after 2-3 days working days) and then pay the border police (45$US) on arrival. Totally you pay 65$US, no more. This is only possible if you enter by air.
The first-aid kit is very important, so carry this with you on the ride and throughout your travel. We can’t buy a quality kit in Vietnam.
MEETING & PAPERWORK BEFORE A TRIP
You come at 9am to our office in Hanoi if all paperwork, riding gear, and payment are cleared before we set off. In case you have due balance or need to fill the “Disclaimer” below then come at 8:30am. It takes from 30 minutes to one hour before you begin your adventure.
Cash is king everywhere, including Vietnam. You can pay us in your local currency or US Dollars or VN Dongs. If you use credit cards, bank commission is between 3-4% on top, a surcharge may apply if the rates are a big difference between banks and free/black market.
First, none of the foreign licenses is valid in Vietnam, including your country license. There are conflicting reports about this but the reality is unfortunately not a good news.
However, the good news is IDP (international driving permit) is now valid in Vietnam from August 1st 2016 with the 46/2016/ND-CP decree. You can purchase an insurance policy easily when you have an IDP. Please also bring your home country driving license with motorbike endorsement.
In case you have no IDP or Vietnamese driving license, the police rarely stop you to check license unless you do something wrong. It’s more to do with personal medical insurance that we cover below.
This is another very important thing for planning all inclusive tours by motorbike in Vietnam.
We don’t require any sort of license to book a trip but it’s more about insurance. Most of the insurance companies don’t provide a policy that covers a motorbike tour accident if you don’t have a Vietnamese driving license. Sadly, it’s impossible to get a Vietnamese license with a tourist visa. You need a business visa of at least three months, a work permit, a sponsor company and a valid passport. All these documents should be translated into Vietnamese at a notary office. Then, a Vietnamese license is available after 7 or 10 days. It’s just too complicated and time-consuming. With just a normal personal medical insurance you will still be covered about 19 hours a day when not riding because we only ride about 5 hours a day on average. Some companies like CHI Insurance, World Nomads, and Allianz didn’t require a local driving license and covered larger displacements.
Even Vietnam doesn’t recognize any foreign license but take it easy you will be ok. We don’t need a license to join our tours or hire our bikes. More details are at this link.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any question, suggestion or recommendation about our all inclusive tours by motorbike in Vietnam.