• Joseph Humphreys

    Looks like fun! The scenery of Vietnam looks truly beautiful, and I imagine the rush you get from the wind rushing through your hair as you ride past it can’t be beat 🙂 Need to get myself to Vietnam one of these days!

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      And you should! The wind ruffling your hair is definitely an amazing feeling but then wearing a helmet is a must while motorbiking. But yeah, I see what you’re getting at. 🙂

  • Wow I am surprised how cheap renting a motorbike is! Such a detailed post, thanks for sharing!

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      Yeah, it’s quite affordable. But if you’re going for a longer trip it makes sense to buy it and then sell it off later. Also then you don’t have to come back to the place where you rented it from

  • Absolutely fantastic! I was already in love with this kind of trip when I say a Top Gear special a few years ago. The only thing that worries my is, as you said, the absence of driving rules! While during the day that could be manageable, I wouldn’t like to drive when the sun sets, especially considering how dim are the lights of a motorbike/mopad.

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      Oh yes! I manage all my rides such way that I’m at my destination by 3-4 pm. Besides there’s no point riding these roads at night when you can’t devour the beautiful views in the dark of the night.

  • Samarpita

    Gorgeous locales and beautiful pictures! And an equally details post! I have friends who have been thinking about backpacking through Vietnam since long. I am recommending this post to them, hope then they can make the trip happen soon! 🙂

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      Thanks! I’m sure they’ll have a trip of a lifetime

  • Those are some lovely views and yes, motorbiking around them does sound like a lot of fun. This sure is a complete guide to motorbikes here for you have covered it all – from the rentals to the type to road conditions, budget and route suggestions. Well done!

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      Thanks!

  • This is a great guide on how to explore the north of Vietnam by bike. Traveling by bike it gives you so much more freedom of exploring hidden areas that you wouldn’t reach otherwise. I did rent a motorbike when I was in Hoi An and it was really worth it.

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      Thanks! Hoi An is another of my favourite places in ‘Nam

  • It really sounds like an amazing place. We have been looking on the possibility to go to southern Vietnam. But after hearing your story the northern part sounds a lot more interesting, especially since we usually like to go to places with mountains and nature around. 🙂

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      The south is definitely interesting and I’ve been there as well although not riding. But I like the North better!

  • Lisa

    That countryside is gorgeous. And yes, as a motorcycle enthusiasts I would love to even parts of this. Great way to be able to get off the beaten path for exploring. Great adventure you had and pinning this for a future visit.

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      Thanks! I think being on a self-driven vehicle gives you that options where you could get off the beaten path and discover new things

  • Jordan

    Such an adventure! Im sure you will never forget this! I hope to make it to Vietnam one day – I was planning to go with the conventional train but now you have given me food for thought!

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      Thanks! I’m sure train will be fun but just not as flexible. I’ll definitely go back to experience a train ride as I wasn’t able to do so

  • Beautiful views! I actually never learned how to ride a motorbike, but Im always looking at this trips with envy 🙂 I should just get on with it and learn, so I can take a trip like this myself!

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      You should do that! It opens up so many avenues.

      However, you could also bicycle the entire route.

  • I think I will hire a moped if available to do this enchanting trip. The guide really inspires.

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      You should! All the best and I’m waiting for you to share your stories

  • Motorbiking North Vietnam sounds pretty amazing. These are lot of great tips for planning a trip. I like how you organised the tips and gave example routes to go on. Seems a bit sketchy international driver licenses aren’t valid. Police don’t pull you over?

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      Ha ha! The police pull you over only in the cities, in and around the tourist neighbourhoods. In the country side they are embarrassed about the fact that they can’t speak English and will stop you look at your face and wave you off. The only time I was pulled over and cop spoke only two words of English ‘Fast. Fine’. (I swear I wasn’t going more than 30 kmph) I pretended I didn’t speak any English and just started talking in Hindi and he let me go!

  • Mahée Ferlini

    Beautiful trip in Vietnam! Thank you for sharing!

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      Thanks!

  • Marlene Marques

    Great post! I don’t know how to drive a motorbike, but I wouldn’t mind being driven on such a road trip. You should be able to go into beautiful roads. Thanks for all the tips on accommodation and food and also about the most popular routes.

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      Thanks! You can a hire a guy who can be your driver and guide if you up your budget bye 5-7 a day I think.

  • Swayam

    What has been the most memorable driving experience in Vietnam? Did you ever get accosted by unfriendly people? And how did you get out from them?

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      Cliched answer as it may be but every place in Vietnam had its own charm. And I’ve been very fortunate to never have faced any hostility in my two years there. Even otherwise Vietnamese people are generally very welcoming and friendly!

  • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

    I don’t know anything about cars actually. I’ve never heard of any traveller doing it by a car. But am sure there are travel agencies in Old Quarter in Ha Noi to help you with that

  • Parnashree Devi

    What a detailed post . Loved knowing about it. I have been fascinating by Vietnam . Now you have given me another strong reason to put this destination on my bucket list for 2017. Superb post.

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      You definitely should! Gimme a shout if you need some insider tips when you do go there!

  • This guide kinda made me wish I was able to drive a motorbike! looks like the perfect road trip with these stunning landscapes around. Vietnam is not yet over popular with tourists which makes is a destination I would love to visit soon. It was interesting to read about the prices and budget and I am surprised it is that cheap! Wouldn’t particularly mind having a few days on local food, rice and noodles.

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      I think you should just go for it and learn riding one. It opens up so many opportunities to explore.

  • Great tips! Vietnam is one of my favourite countries in Asia. I’ve been there last year and it was an amazing experience 🙂 Motorbiking here sounds fantastic 🙂

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      Yes, it’s an adventure of a life time!

  • travellingslacker

    Wow that’s an amazing guide. I have only fantasized about these lands so far. Just out of curiosity, is it easy for Indians to get visa for Vietnam?

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      Yeah, it is pretty easy. Shoot me an email and I’ll let you know the process!

    • Noel Joseph

      I really likes your post and Vietnam is one of my favourite place. I wish I could do my graduation project works there. I love motorcycle riders and I had gone for many in India .my next trip would be surely Vietnam.

  • Anita Sane

    I visited North but not Northern Vietnam last spring. Not by motorbike. Sounds like a great idea and cheap except of buying bike itself. Is it any chance to rent it? Did you do all the itineraries yourself? I would love to return to Vietnam one day. Thanks for sharing! Happy New year!

  • Very interesting guide! I haven’t been to Vietnam yet but these motorbike itineraries look amazing, I’d love the flexibility of just driving anywhere and enjoy the beautiful views of the rice terraces!

  • Kavita

    Love how much practical guidance you give, especially in the FAQ section before the suggested routes. I hadn’t even thought about issues such as permits, or which type of bike, and would never have thought about buying rather than renting! Looks like such an amazing place for bikers!

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  • Travelling on Motorbike is always fun, you seems to knew the beauty of nature if you are travelling to Northern Areas of sub continent (Pakistan, India, Nepal,Kashmir).

  • Nikhil Tomson

    How do you obtain a Vietnam Visa? Is it Visa on arrival for Indians?

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  • Subash Sankar

    Can I ship my bike to vietnam and ride there., If yes, can you share the procedure

    • Venkat Ganesh Gudipaty

      It’s a big hassle to ship the bike and moreover, even if you do everything ride they authorities might back out anytime leaving you in a mess. My recommendation, buy/rent a bike in Vietnam and ride