Taking a motorbike road trip through Viet Nam is an exciting adventure I’d highly recommend. The country offers beautiful scenery, an array of attractions and presitine beaches. You’ll meet plenty of expats on the road, and at hostels, along the way.
Buying a motorbike is easy, and costs between $200-$600. A “motopacker” is someone who travels by motorbike with only a backpack. Typically, riders in Viet Nam start in the South, at Ho Chi Minh/Saigon and head North to Hanoi, or vice versa. Travelling the national AH1 highway is most common. Navigating between the two cities, without GPS, is easy. The trip will be the ride of your life!
Having travelled over 2,500km in Viet Nam by motorbike, and over 12,500km in China, I’d like to share my first hand knowledge to help you stay safe and be prepared. Keep reading to learn the six items to have, and four rules to know, before your Viet Nam road trip!
Notice how the mountains have bald/light green patches in the foliage? That’s because the mountain was on fire a few weeks back... yes, all the patches, at the same time! It’s been wonderful watching the vegetation grow back so rapidly.
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It’s a cloudy mid-afternoon on October 02. I’m between the land borders of Moc Bai, Viet Nam and Bavet, Cambodia. After greasing the right palms for the rapidly processed, single-entry, Cambodian tourist visa, I try to get a 3 month tourist visa back at the Vietnamese entrance.
I’m promptly denied and instructed to visit the Vietnamese embassy in Phnom Penh for my new visa. Frustrated, I enter Cambodia, and stroll through the numerous casinos under construction immediately after the entrance. A security guard points me to a local who takes me on his motorbike to a nearby bus, reportedly heading to Phnom Penh. Thankfully, it’s departing in 15 minutes and costs only $5US. This ride will take over four hours, the local bus from Ho Chi Minh took three, and before that, I rode an overnight bus for 10 hours from Nha Trang — welcome to last minute visa runs.