FAQ about Vietnam Motorbike Tours Club

- Local Experts: We are enthusiastic and well-experienced Vietnamese people who have an ever-growing passion for motorbikes and discovering every corner of Vietnam. Most of us have joined tours and organized tours for over many years. We are good at many foreign languages such as English, Spanish, and French.

- Unique travel experiences: Our goal has always been the same: to give our customers the chance to experience Vietnam in a special and unusual way. Therefore, all of our motorbike tours are designed to help you understand the depth of the culture of this wonderful country, be closer to Vietnamese people, and avoid the typical "tourist" routes which are tacky and overcrowded.

- Well-maintained Motorcycles and of the latest versions: We have dirt bikes/ enduro bikes for off-road tours, including Honda CRF 250L, XR150L, Suzuki DRZ400, Husqvarna FC450 and adventure bike for on-road tours, including Honda CB500X, Triumph Tiger 800, and BMW R1200GS. Some of them are not brand new but are always maintained in the best condition. 

- Dedicated Support: We have a team of 10 seasoned mechanics for emergency cases, with the support of FORD RANGER Wildtrak 4x4 semi-trucks which will follow your group on every single road.

- Airport Transfers: Vietnam Motorbike Tours Club is the only motorbike tour operator offering airport transfers (included in the price). You won't get lost in the airport or be charged a lot of money for a taxi. Travel safely and comfortably with us! 

- Flexibility: Our experienced tour guides always choose splendid and affordable roads depending on how you want your long-awaited Vietnam motorbike tours to be like. Therefore, you have to do nothing but enjoy your trip safely and other differences on your way.

- Good Accommodation: Eat and sleep in the best locations. We’ll take you closer to a country, without skimping. See more real Vietnam in your own way.

- Best Price Guarantee: You will find the best prices with us and we are willing to match any lower price. Check out: Vietnam Motorbike Tours Prices

Read more: Why choose Vietnam Motorbike Tours Club

Vietnam Motorbike Tours Club is the leading and prestigious motorbike tour operator in Vietnam offering 2 main types of Vietnam motorbike tours:

- Adventure travel: North to Central Vietnam, North to South Vietnam, cross-border tours, Indochina tours

- Off-road tours: Vietnam dirt bike tours, Vietnam enduro tours 

Yes. Vietnam Motorbike Tours Club is one of a few motorbike tour operators in Vietnam that obtained a Business Registration Certificate. Just ask us for a tax invoice if you are in need, and 10% of the total tour price will be added thereby. 

Check out our Inbound Tour Operator License. 

FAQ about Motorbike Tours

The flexibility in organizing motorbike tours is always our top priority. We have tours for even an individual to a big group of 16 riders or more. Our service varies depending on the number of riders accordingly: 

A group of 1-5: An English-speaking tour guide is included in the price of the tour, a mechanic and 4x4 wildtrak are not included. You have to pay extra if you are in need (a mechanic: $120/day, a 4x4 wildtrak: $150/day, a tour guide speaking your language: please contact us) 

A group of 6-10: A mechanic, a tour leader, and an English-speaking tour guide are included in the price of the tour, a 4x4 semi-truck is not included. You have to pay extra if you are in need (a 4x4 wildtrak: $120/ day, a tour guide speaking your language: please contact us) 

A group of 10-16: All are included (A mechanic, a tour leader, 2 English-speaking tour guides, and a 4x4 wildtrak, a tour guide speaking your language: please contact us)

A group of >16: All are included. Please contact us/ book our tour 6 months in advance. We will have enough time to arrange everything for you superbly.

Before joining a motorbike trip with Vietnam Motorbike Tours Club, you need to bring: 

- Helmet

- Protection cloth

- Raincoat

- Map or GG MAP

- Full of personal belongings

- A bit of car repair skills if you can.

If you don’t bring anything, tell us your size and we will provide you with full gear depending on the type of rider that you are. Read more about what to bring and wear.

A back up truck or a support vehicle will help a lot for a complete motorbike tour, because:
– The vehicle can bring lots of stuff when riding in a large group from 6 riders, including: first aid kit, big bags, suitcases, camera equipments, food and drinks, an ice box with full of beers, motorbike spare parts, back up tires and so on.
- A mechanic for instant backup in case of bike breakdown.
- Motorbike riders can take a comfortable seat in the truck when they feel tired or get a small accident during the tour.
- Personal requirements.

Everyone goes by their own motorbike. Therefore, you can tie your luggage on the saddlebags of your motorbike or at the back of your motorbike for heavy and bulky luggage. Motorbikes are designed in a way that allows you to tie your luggage in the rear. We also provide supporting motorbike (if you want) that can bring along anything of your choice.

Vietnam is always an ideal destination for motorbike tours of any kind. With mountains covering three-fourths of the area and about 3000km coastline, most of Vietnam roads are very small, sunny and windy. Therefore, by choosing a motorbike tour in Vietnam, you will certainly feel more comfortable and adventurous than going by cars.

For various reasons, before 2000, there were very few tourists to Vietnam using motorbikes because at that time, they had to rent motorbikes, buy road maps and ride motorbikes from the inner city on their own because no tourism agents organized tours. Therefore, in spite of knowing that it was very dangerous, they had no choice. Faced by such situation, we, BM Travel Adventure, are established to take you to remote mountainous areas with beautiful mountainous scenes, amazing waterfalls or magic terrace rice fields, or simply help you talk with rustic locals or live in simple villages hidden in imposing natural scene.

Vietnam is the perfect country for having the first off-road motorbike tour of your life. The reasons?
- The variety of topography is challenging, yet very promising for bikers who want to spend their holiday going on wild adventures. 
- Small, narrow roads, especially tight curves are often mentioned as the distinctive traits for the ride here. 
- Mountainous areas occupy three-fourths of Vietnam's territory, of which 85 percent are the foothills of taller peaks. That means Vietnam dirt bike tours are not only potential for those who love trail road monsters, but also attractive to high gear motorbikers.

Northern Vietnam: Most tours in this area focus on the Northwest, with famous off-road routes namely Mai Chau-Moc Chau, Ha Giang Loop, Sa Pa-Y Ty, Mu Cang Chai or Hoang Su Phi, etc. The riding potential is endless and can scale from easy beautiful mountain roads to impossible dirt tracks that Northern local minority groups traverse. There are winding roads with countless tight narrow curves, plus steep slopes and desolate landscape. The departure for these tours, especially for dirt bike rentals, is Hanoi the capital, because you will easily find trusted route services here. 

Central Vietnam: Connecting the North and South of Vietnam, Central Vietnam is like a silky, yet challenging trail road for adventurous bikers. The notorious route in this area is definitely the Ho Chi Minh trail. This arterial trail will test bikers' strength and their machine’s endurance. 

Southern Vietnam: The land of sunshine, wind, sand, and undulating curves, as well as choking road curves. Compared to the north, trail roads here are also familiar with the most crowded departure - Saigon. Dirt bike tours in Vietnam started from this city to Da Lat, Nha Trang and Pleiku are the best well-known routes. The most distinct experience of these tours is the gradual weather change due to terrain height. Bikers will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to admire the endless coastal roads and the majestic mountains & forests on the tours.

In 4-7 days, you can totally be comfortable with our motorbike tours from Hanoi to either Northwest or Northeast of Vietnam. Only in the short period of 4-7 days, you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city; find peace in the stunning surrounding countryside and mountainous areas in northern Vietnam.

It depends on the itineraries and how you want your motorbike tour experience in Vietnam to be like. However, we recommend spending at least 5 days for a real motorbike tour in Vietnam. The amount of time allows you to rest after hours of riding daytime, enjoy every corner of this wonderful country whilst keeping the riding awesome and full of adventure.

Only when joining a motorbike tour with Vietnam Motorbike Tours Club, you are provided with protective equipment. With motorbike rental, we will only provide the motorbike. You will need to prepare protective equipment.

If you do not have full of protective equipment, you can rent our equipment, including:

+ Helmets

+ Boots

+ Armour 

+ Gloves 

+ Goggles

FAQ about Motorbike Rentals

All of our motorbikes will be technically cared for by our professional team after each tour. The well-maintained service includes every step to make them stronger, such as warranty for chains/ tires/ brake pads, cleaning the air filter, all gasoline/ fuel, etc. Therefore, we can ensure that our motorbikes scarcely breakdown. 

During the tour, our mechanic and support team are always there to help you with any case of emergencies, with the support of FORD RANGER Wildtrak 4x4 semi-trucks which follow your group on the roads. And don’t worry, BMTravel Adventure does provide all experienced guides for the new riders. They are not only normal tour guide, but can also help you to fix bikes, understand about local culture; and best of the best: they know the BEST routes for you.

In Vietnam, a blue card implies a registration certificate of a particular vehicle. This blue card shows essential details of the vehicle, as well as the possessor. You need this certificate to partly prove the vehicle you are using has not been stolen. A police officer may give you a fine if you don’t have a blue card with you (of course, only when you are riding a vehicle on the street).

If you want to upgrade your traveling experiences in this S-shaped country, then the answer is “Yes”. Renting a motorbike means you can visit more places. If you have an acceptable riding skill, this vehicle will help you save your budget and offer you opportunities to approach remote areas and witness more unique things. Renting a motorbike is not costly at all. You should note that a helmet is often added to the cost when you rent a motorbike.

You cannot rent a motorcycle without a license. In any company you come to rent a motorbike, they will ask you whether you have a legitimate driving license. Some companies even won’t agree to rent motorcycles to those who are under 21 years old.

You can ride a motorbike without a driving license when you join a riding training program (in order to have a permit).

If you get caught riding a motorbike without a motorcycle license, police officers will give you a fine ranging from 100-1000$ depending on the severity of the violation. If you commit many different faults simultaneously (turn without using the turn signal, your motorcycle has no mirror, etc.), the fine will be higher. You may even have your vehicle confiscated.

Renting a scooter is quite cheap in Hanoi – about 5-9 USD per day. Meanwhile, the rental price of a large-displacement motorcycle like Honda CRF150L, Honda CRF250L, or Suzuki DR-Z400 is much more expensive. 

When you rent a motorbike of Vietnam Motorbike Tours Club, we will offer you two types of documents 

  • Vehicle’s registration certificate, also known as a blue card: This is the ownership papers of a motorbike. When you rent the motorbike, we will give you the original blue card or a copied version. With it, you won’t have to worry about having trouble with Vietnamese police in case they ask for your must-have papers.
  • Motorbike rental contract: Before renting our bikes, you will receive a clear contract covering terms, conditions, responsibilities of the company, and the renter.

First of all, you need a valid passport and visa. Besides, as the Vietnamese law stands, as a foreigner who brings transport means into Vietnam for tourism, you must carry out procedures for temporary imports for re-exports so that you can ride the motorbike in Vietnam.

You can read more here https://vietnammotorbiketoursclub.com/wcnt-mn484/vietnam-caravan-tours.htm


Yeah, you should do that for the following reasons:

- First, if you book the motorbikes in advance, our company has more time to give the motorbike greater care before renting the motorbike out to you. We have a professional and dedicated mechanic team; therefore, you can rest assured that the motorbikes are always maintained in the best condition.

- Second, in case you travel around Vietnam in peak season, our motorbikes are not available at times because we will offer a lot of motorbike tours to international visitors. For that reason, it is highly recommended to book the service as soon as possible, then we guarantee to keep the motorbike for you till the day you start your trip.

There will be a contract with clear terms and conditions signed by both parties before that. The contract contains information about the rental and return date, rental cost, and deposit. 

- If you return the motorbike before the return date written in the contract, you still have to pay the exact amount of money for the number of rental days signed before that.

- If you intend to return the motorbike later than the date stated in the contract, you must tell us about 1-2 days before that day. The additional rental expense will be charged for your final payment.

We mainly provide large displacement motorcycles with plenty of space for you to bring the essentials for your trip. That being said, we recommend carrying the most necessary things. Wearing bulky items can make it difficult to ride through rough and rugged terrains in Vietnam.


- If you want to carry both pillion and luggage for long-distance touring, a Versys 300 or Honda CB500X is the best choice for you. These two types come with a large luggage box.

- For off-road riding, it is advised not to carry a pillion.

- Rental payment:

You can pay us via PayPal or Bank Transfer.

- Deposit:

Before starting the trip, you are required to pay a deposit of 3000 to 6000 USD, depending on the type of motorbike. Or we will keep your passport.

As soon as you return from your trip, our mechanic team will check the motorbike. If there are any problems relating to loss and damage, your deposit will be refunded immediately.

In case of losing the motorbike on the road, you won't receive a refund of the deposit.

The company will offer you a phone mount and a 3G SIM card for free. What’s more, if you rent the motorbike for over 10 days, we will support covering the expense of flat tires and oil change.

Yes, it is highly recommended to have insurance when traveling to Vietnam. It will help you cover a lot of things such as medical treatment, accidents, personal belongings, and legal expenses.

You must know that your home country's driving license is not accepted in Vietnam. Only International Driving Licenses and Vietnam motorbike licenses are accepted here. Please read Driving License Conversion in Vietnam (2020 Updated) to update more about getting a driving license in Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Da Nang are big cities where you can find any necessary services. This means you should start your trip to these cities if you want to travel by motorcycle. You should search on the Internet for some reputable companies. There are also motorbike tour operators that provide high-quality motorcycles.

Let’s talk about another important thing – a motorcycle license. It’s clear that riding a motorbike without a license is illegal in Vietnam. Remember that only licenses registered on the IDP (International Drivers Permit) are accepted. Notably, Canada, USA, UK, and Australia are the countries which have not signed on the 1968 convention, so driving license from these countries are not accepted here. To make your license legitimate in this case, you can have it transferred to a Vietnamese license. This service is offered in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City only. In case you utilize a 50cc motorbike, there is no need to have a driving license.

To explore Vietnam by motorbike, you need about 1-3 weeks. The recommended speed is 40km/h when riding in the city and 70km/h when riding outskirt. The maximum distance is 200km/day. Excessively high speed is not recommended.

FAQ about Motorbikes

You can send your bike on the train from Hanoi-Lao Cai or vice versa with a hassle-free. This way is very popular and efficient in Vietnam and you can be ensured that your bike is safe and sound. You have to do nothing but take a rest to save energy for your main ride in Sapa. 

It is sad news that international licenses are not available in Vietnam. Keep reading to know more about driving license in Vietnam. 

Honda CRF 250L: Being just imported in October 2014, These brand new motorcycles promise to be the perfect ones for most of the road conditions in Vietnam. With experienced riders, this kind of bike is the last but not least condition to have perfect motorcycle touring.

Honda XR 250R, Honda XR 150L: The little XR is a great bike. It's getting a bit dated compared with the competition from the other manufacturers, but it's still a well-developed and reliable introduction to the world of off-roading. Have a ride on one and tell me if I'm wrong...

Keep reading: About our dirt bikes 

Quite a few tourists have commented that traffic in Vietnam is chaotic and crazy. Hanoi and Saigon are the two crowded cities in Vietnam, where traffic jams often exist. However, this unexpected fact also brings a benefit that almost all the vehicles here move at very low speed. Then, you don’t need to worry about the situation of a motorbike with breakneck speed heading straight towards you while riding in a crowd.

Besides, your motorbike ride will be at your fingertips if you know the safety tips below:

“Rules are no rules” is the first thing you should keep in mind. It is advised to go with the flow. Don’t make anything different from those surrounding you.

Equipping yourself with a helmet is mandatory in Vietnam. Without carrying it, you may have trouble with the Vietnamese police.

Honking is so useful when riding through the streets of Vietnam. Although sometimes this is considered a bad habit of Vietnamese, it helps you move more smoothly on the Vietnamese roads.

A lot of tourists decide to purchase a cheap motorbike in Vietnam for traveling purposes. Before leaving the country, they will sell off the vehicle. Below is the average price of some scooter models for you to consider:

Honda Dream: Semi-auto / 100cc Automatic Transmission Motorcycle / price: 200 – 300 USD

Honda Wave: Semi-auto / 100cc Manual Transmission Motorcycle / price: 200 – 300 USD

Honda Win: Manual Clutch / 110-125cc Manual Transmission Motorcycle / price: 300 – 400 USD

Minsk (Russian product): Manual Clutch / 125cc Manual Transmission Motorcycle / price: 300 – 400 USD

Those scooters can hardly conquer the single off-road tracks in mountainous areas or difficult routes in general. In this case, large displacement motorcycles are a better option. However, these types of motorbikes are often quite expensive. Some even have a price of about 10,000 USD. So for large displacement motorcycles, renting is better than buying.

Yes, foreigners can drive in Vietnam as long as they have necessary documents such as International Driving Permit (of the countries that registered the 1968 convention) and vehicle registration certificate. 

Everyone can buy a motorbike in Vietnam. Whether you buy or sell a motorbike in this country, you need a corresponding “blue card” (a vehicle registration).

First, you should have all the necessary licenses and documentation – a valid riding license, insurance. You can buy a motorbike from an agent or a motorbike tour operator. Big cities such as Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City will offer more options. Wherever you buy a motorbike, ask the sellers about the Blue Card.

Yes, you need it more than you think. And the one we highly recommend you to have is personal medical insurance. Riding a motorbike can be risky for those who have never experienced Vietnam’s traffic. Personal medical insurance is enough to cover all the cases when you have an accident in the country. But don’t forget that any insurance can be applied as long as you have a tourist visa and a legitimate driving license.

When you ride a motorbike in Vietnam, a helmet is required. Anything except a helmet is optional. If you want to join a motorbike tour using dirt motorcycle and conquer some challenging routes, you will need motorcycle personal protective gear (specialized boots, gloves, goggles, armor, knee pads, elbow pads, protective helmet, etc.)

If you want to get a Vietnam driving license, you must have a work permit, a Vietnamese residence permit, or a business visa, which is valid for at least three months. A sponsor company is necessary in this case. Also, you must have copies of your passport (visa) notarized. All of this process may take only one or two days.

You need an International Driving License (registered in the 1968 convention) to drive legally in Vietnam. Another option is that you possess a Vietnam Driver’s License or convert your home country's driving license into the International Driving Permit. Check more information here.

FAQ about Vietnam

Vietnam's weather is all in all damp and hot. Anyway, with such a lengthened nation, it's solitary characteristic the climate changes altogether inside Vietnam. 3 diverse climate locates in different three main regions in Vietnam. It may be very snowing in Sapa while a blasting hot radiant day down in Phu Quoc.

  • Northern of Vietnam: expect sweltering wet summers and cool evaporate winters North. It can get very chilly here amid northern half of the globe winter – from September to November – especially by the outskirt with China.
  • Central of Vietnam: encounters sweltering, dry climate between January and August when temperatures can hit the mid-thirties.
  • Southern of Vietnam: flaunts a full tropical atmosphere, with just 2 characterized seasons – wet and dry. The best time to go is clearly amid the last mentioned, from December to April.

Basically, Vietnam is quite safe to travel. The country doesn’t have to suffer prominently severe problems like war, civil conflict, or disease. Vietnamese people are often quite hospitable and easy to make friends with. However, you still need common sense to have the best experiences here. Most complaints from foreign travelers are about the crazy traffic that sometimes seemingly ignores all the traffic laws. Mischievous street vendors are also irritating at times. Besides, traveling around some certain areas such as mountains or jungles without a guide is not really safe.

Here are things you should avoid in Vietnam:

- Switching money: Some taxi drivers or street vendors may apply this trick. Basically, they give you banknotes with smaller denominations. You should note that 500,000 VND banknotes and 20,000 VND ones can be easily mistaken.

- Pickpocket: You should be aware of the girls trying to approach and flirt. Right when you lose your attraction, they will steal your money.

- Fake taxis: Drivers from fraudulent taxi companies will use a modified meter so that you have to pay more. You should first search for some reputable taxi companies in Vietnam (for example, Vinasun, Mai Linh, etc.). Nowadays, Grab or similar apps are more trustworthy.

- Fake travel companies: Some people will try to make use of the reputation of famous travel companies. For example, they’ll open a shop with a similar name and then sell products or services at a ridiculous price. 

- Shoe shiners: Shoe shiners will offer their service at an acceptable price. Right after they’ve done their work, they will double the amount and say that the initial one is for one shoe, not for a pair.

- Fake marijuana: The scammers will loiter around your hotel (or sometimes a bar) and ask you if you want an excellent marijuana bag. You should know that marijuana is illegal in Vietnam. They will show you real marijuana first. But right when you pay them, a tea bag is all you will receive.

- Scamming coconut sellers: Coconut sellers will ask if you want to take some unique pictures with their basket. While you snap some photos, they will automatically prepare coconuts for you with an exceedingly high price.

- Scamming massage service: A pretty girl will approach you and invite you to try her massage service. But she will soon be replaced by a bad-tempered woman. You will be shocked at the cost of things like towels or water there.

- Xe Om: Just stay away from those Xe Om. Many of them will use every trick to extort your money. Instead, you should download and use some apps like Grab, Go Viet, Bee, etc.

- Overpaying fare: Taxi drivers (even from big companies) will go as long as possible to drive you to where you need. You can use Google Maps and tell them the way you want to go. Or you can just use apps (Grab, Bee, Go Viet, etc.) as you know the cost before booking.

- Baggage fee: Some bus companies will ask you for some money just to have your baggage loaded onto the bus. Say “No” assertively because things like baggage fees do not exist in this situation.

Here are the types of food and drink you had better avoid during travel in Vietnam:

- Tap water: tap water in Vietnam is not as safe as in developed countries. You should drink bottled water or boiled tap water.

- Strange meat: here, we mean the processed meat, which has a surprisingly low price.

- Roadside coffee: roadside coffee can contain harmful chemicals.

- Uncooked vegetables: eating uncooked vegetables may lead to poisoning by chemicals and pesticide residues.

- Raw blood pudding: This dish is more prevalent in Northern Vietnam. Harmful bacteria are lethal, so let’s say no to this one.

- Cold soups: In Vietnam, hot soups are much more delicious. Cold soup can also cause stomach ache.

- Dog meat: In Vietnam and some other countries, people still eat dog meat. However, you are likely from a country where people are against this. The choice is yours.

- Milk: Well, there are some cases in which foreigners’ stomachs reject milk in Vietnam. The condensed milk is absolutely safe to use. 

Vietnam used to have strict rules about what you should wear while traveling here. However, along with the development of tourism, Vietnam has become open to different clothing styles. Nevertheless, in sacred places (pagodas, temples, etc.), you should not wear shorts over the knee. In some temples or pagodas, you can be given a towel to cover your leg.

Here are the things you should pack for a trip to our country:

- Passport

- Tickets

- Cash and cards

- Emergency contact lists

- Necessary documents and copies (travel insurance, driving license, etc.)

- Chargers and power adapter (and converters if needed)

- Clothes (suitable for different situations: visiting sacred spots, hiking, swimming, etc.)

- Mosquito repellent (better bring also mosquito-proof clothes)

- Individual prescription based on your health status

Most backpackers traveling in Vietnam agree that 50$ per day is an ideal average budget. This amount of money is enough for you to enjoy different types of food and drinks and pay for several necessary services (accommodation, etc.). However, if you want to experience more activities and services, 60-100$ should be your daily budget.

We – Vietnamese people – have become familiar with the country's traffic since we were just kids. Although traffic accidents are inevitable due to frequent unexpected situations, we basically drive with the least effort. But for foreign tourists (especially those who come from countries with more stable traffic), driving in Vietnam can still be a challenge. In big cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, things are even more difficult for newcomers. After a few days, you will find this task less “impossible”.

There are about forty-five million registered motorbikes in the whole country (2020 Updates).

How many motorbikes are there in Ho Chi Minh City?

There are about seven and a half motorbikes in Ho Chi Minh City (2020 Updates).

How many motorbikes are there in Hanoi City?

There are about six million motorbikes in Hanoi city (2020 Updates).

If you want to ride a motorbike in Vietnam, you need to meet either of the two conditions below:

- You are 18 years old or above, and you have a legitimate driving license;

- You are 16 years old or above, and you ride 50cc motorbikes only.

About Vietnam Routes

It's entirely possible. Ho Chi Minh Trail Tours - 12 days tour will be a great chance for you to experience a real long-distance tour by motorbike and enjoy majestic nature on both sides of the road to see how wonderful Vietnam is. 

If you ever searched for Ho Chi Minh Trail in Vietnam, you will know this is the most famous trail in Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh trail used to be a military supply route to send weapons, troops, and supplies into South from North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. As Ho Chi Minh trail runs the length of the country with some parts in Laos and Cambodia, it is well-known to be historic, mountainous, and wild for most of riders. It's worth a try if you adventure biker want to gain extremely realistic riding experience on different terrains (on-road, off-road, coastline...) in the wildest and most unusual way in Vietnam. 

Yes, you can, but it's not recommended. The travel distance from Hanoi to Sapa is about 320km which takes you at least 12 hours of riding. You need to spend one night taking a rest and continue your riding the next day. Make sure to keep your mind and body in the best condition and be careful with the traffic. For travelling Sapa from Hanoi, most of motorbike riders choose to send their bike on the bus/train and take a comfortable seat on the train/ bus itself. Travelling by this way always takes less time (about 8 hours) and saves the riders' energy for the main ride in Sapa

The distance from Hanoi to Ban Gioc Waterfall is roughly 360 km, and the traffic is quite slow. Riding straight away is not recommended due to the poor and dangerous road conditions. Our best advice is to ride to Cao Bang City from Hanoi and stay there overnight, then keep riding to Ban Gioc waterfall the next day. 5 should be the maximum hours of riding per day for most of riders. Keep your mind and health in the top condition to enjoy the trip the best way. 

Based on our customers' reviews after hundred of tours, and also our own experience of riding to almost every corner of Vietnam, we suggest some following routes with spectacular sceneries which can satisfy even the most difficult customers:  

Northern Vietnam:
-  Ha Giang → Yen Minh → Dong Van → Meo Vac → Ma Pi Leng Pass→ Du Gia → Ha Giang→ Bao Lac (Check out: Off-road Ha Giang motorbike tours - 4 days)
- Hanoi→ Vu Linh→ Ha Giang→ Dong Van→ Bao Lac→ Cao Bang→ Ban Gioc→ Quang Uyen→ Lang Son →Hanoi (Check out: Ha Giang Motorbike Tours in North Vietnam - 8 days)
- Hanoi → Mai Chau → Phu Yen → Mu Cang Chai → Sa Pa→ Xin Man → Ha Giang → Dong Van → Bao Lac → Ba Be Lake → Hanoi (Check out: Explore Northwest Vietnam motorbike tours- 9 Days)

Central Vietnam:
- Hai Van Pass
- Phong Nha Ke Bang - Khe Xanh

Southern Vietnam:
- Nha Trang - Da Lat, 
- Da Lat - Cat Tien
- Phan Thiet - Mui Ne

Here are highly recommended biking routes in Vietnam:

- Ha Giang Loop: This 300-kilometer loop is an extraordinary route that requires at least four days to complete. Ha Giang Loop is not for riders who lack experience. Besides the excellent viewpoints, the trip offers opportunities to learn more about Vietnamese ethnic minorities.

- O Quy Ho Pass: Among the four greatest passes of Northern Vietnam, O Quy Ho is the longest. There is no need to say how dangerous it is. If you are confident with your riding skills, the pass is there to offer spectacular landscapes.

- QL34 – Cao Bang Province: Joining QL34 means we will go along the Vietnam – China border. You will behold the grandeur of Ban Gioc waterfall, as well as other famous attractions with exceptional historical and cultural values.

- Hai Van Pass: Hai Van is a renowned pass that offers you an opportunity to witness incredible sceneries of mountains and seascapes. Moreover, the pass leads you from Da Nang to Hue, two of the country's most popular tourist destinations.

- Khe Sanh – Phong Nha: The gorgeous spectacles on the Khe Sanh – Phong Nha trip via Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park are fantastic, while the complicated dirt roads can easily arouse your sense of adventure.

- Nam Cat Tien – Da Lat: Along this route, you will see a variety of landscapes. However, you should ride with full attention because this twisted road has plenty of sharp curves.

- Da Lat – Nha Trang: While Da Lat is the mountainous area, Nha Trang is a coastal city. This means you will see the typical beautiful sceneries of the country. As you must go through jungles as well as mountains, your riding experiences will be tested.

- Kon Tum – Quang Ngai – Hoi An: This is another way for you to move from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Da Nang. The route is quite exciting as you will soon realize the significant cultural differences between the three provinces.

- The Nam Ma River Route: Going along this route, you can contemplate the impressive scenery of “Ha Long Bay on land”. The last destination of this route is Sam Son Beach in Thanh Hoa province, which is among the most famous beaches in the North.

- Coastal routes: Basically, all the coastal routes in Vietnam are worth trying. If you start your trip from Da Nang, you can go along the coastline to the South. This route will bring you to fantastic places such as Nha Trang, Mui Ne, Quy Nhon, etc. 

FAQ about Crossing Borders

A Vietnamese motorbike can go into both Cambodia and Laos, and get back into Vietnam again without difficulties. Below documents are everything you need to prepare in advance:
- Passport
- Carnet de passage
- Bluecard
- Money, of course!
For tourists who have never done this before, working through a motorbike tour company like BM Travel Adventure can make things easier. Simply book and tell us your plans in advance, we will take care of the rest. Check out: Crossing The Border with a motorbike from Vietnam to Laos - Cambodia - Thailand

Bringing motorbikes to Vietnam is possible. You need to be on a registered tour and both you and your motorbike must meet below conditions: 
1. Conditions for You the motorbike owner:
- Being foreign tourists
- Working through a Vietnam International Travel Agency with a clear itinerary, tour guide, and hotel bookings. 
- Having a passport or alternative other documents in more than 6 months valid from entry date;
- Obtaining a Vietnamese entry and exit permit at least 15 days ahead of time (which costs you $500-$700, for a group of 5 people onwards it could be cheaper)
2. Conditions for your motorbike: 
- Having an international driving license.
- Having a Carnet de passage (a document that allows you to cross international borders with a vehicle and avoid paying customs charges. It is basically a promise that you will take the vehicle out of the country when you leave, or risk hefty penalties - WikiTravel)
- Having a blue card (the ownership papers of a motorcycle)

For all the above complicated procedures, renting a bike in Vietnam is the best option and highly recommended.

If you want to travel between Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, you need to bring the following documents:

  • First, a passport and visa. You can buy a Cambodian one-month visa at the airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. 
  • Second, an international driver's license. You should have it when traveling between these countries. Customs staff may ask it when you cross the border.
  • Third, the blue card of the motorbike. Like an international driver's license, a blue card should be carried to avoid trouble with the customs staff.
  • Last but not least, of course, money. The expense of traveling in Cambodia is much more expensive than that in Vietnam. Depending on the number of days, you can prepare a suitable amount of money.

Read more here Crossing The Border with a motorbike from Vietnam to Laos - Cambodia - Thailand


FAQ about Payment

We require from 30% upon making tour confirmation and the first day arrival in Vietnam, We will settle the remaining balance in our Office in Hanoi or your hotel.

We do accept Credit and Debit Card payments. All deposits can be paid on-line, we do not take card payments over the telephone. Deposit payments paid by card are subject to 3,5% bank commission fee surcharge. We will charge by local EX rate

In accordance with the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 2004, all payments made to Vietnam Motorbike Tour Club is held in trust to guard against insolvency. All our transaction is safe and secure when you make online payment via Paypal

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