Hanoi to Saigon - Riding Vietnam Solo?

Discussion in 'Asia Pacific' started by Hominid, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. uk_vette

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    Easy to rent, dont worry
    Easy to hire in Hanoi, however you really should return the bike to Hanoi.


    Easy, Rent in Hanoi, and ride to HaiPhong, take the ferry to Cat Ba Island in Ha Long Bay.
    After a few days, take the same ferry back.
    It was some thing like $5 each way.
    When back on the mainland, just head south, taking in all the cities, and the Hai Van Pass.


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    No not foolish, but you might want to chat to a ride partner some times, it’s not that difficult to see other foreigners riding the same road, some times you overtake them, some times they overtake you, always a time for a chat on the side of the road.


    It’s all tarmac, but there is a lot of road works, and a lot of pot holes.
    Serious holes that can throw you off if your not paying attention.

    Don’t worry, you won’t be riding fast any way, we were riding about 50km/h to 70km/h most of the time


    From Hanoi to Saigon, they are all paved.


    Yes, very easy to get hotel look for the “Kacht” signs.
    We normally paid about $6 to $8 a night.


    What do you mean?


    There is traffic, and buses, and trucks.
    The difficult part is actually getting out of Hanoi city.
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    If you want to know the rental company we used, I will dig the info out for you.

    vette
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  2. tomithy

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    I too have done the Hanoi to Saigon trip, but I took a much longer route, from Hanoi - Sapa - Lai Chau - Dien Bien Phu - Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - (bus back to Hanoi because first bike died) - Ninh Binh - Dong Ha - Hue - Hoi An - Kon Tum - Pleiku - Da Lat - (side trip to Mui Ne and back) - Saigon.

    All in all, a ~3,000km trip around my mother country. Top Gear hadn't even scratched the surface of this beautiful country, although they aren't really adventure tourers now, are they :evil

    I recommend that you do not ride the Highway 1 if you can avoid it. It is an expressway for people to get from A to B as fast as they can. It is not for touring. Inland routes, such as the Highway 15 is much better, though language ability disappears the more you go inland.

    Dangers include the already mentioned washed out roads, random craters, random mounds of dirt piled in your lane, renegade buses and trucks in your lane (especially dangerous around blind mountainside corners) and pitch black emptiness in the more rural areas at night.

    Be careful in some of the poorer areas (such as in the north-west of Vietnam, near the Chinese border, where there is no law enforcement and no hotels). I have the luxury of being a native Vietnamese speaker so I could get around and find my way, but you could probably get by with basic VN skills.

    Tips? Cash is King. Never buy petrol off the side of the road. Go with the flow in the cities, and play it safe on the highways if there are trucks and buses around. They really, really, don't give a sh*t about anyone or anything. Carry spare parts. Bring lots of warm gear for the highland riding. You will get wet, no matter how much you cover up.

    What bike did I ride? Minsk. Cheap, dirt-able and easy to fix. I fixed a broken clutch mount with a rock and some sticky tape at one stage. Fuel consumption is horrible, but I consider it a fair trade for the ability to tackle some very muddy tracks. Locals hate you when you're in traffic, due to fumes, but that's just more incentive to stay away from the big cities!

    Other than that, you're in for the ride of your life. Take a camera, write a journal and be prepared to re-tell the story over, and over, and over, and... :freaky
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  3. LastWalkman

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    Why don't you post vietnamese landscape and people pics? Does the trip make you satisfy?:1drink
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  4. stanegoli

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    I am on a 30 day ride of the entire country right now. Day 14 as I post this. My son and I are on Honda 250XL baja's. we too rented in Hanoi and dropping off in HCM City. If you send me a PM I will provide info and give you lots of tips and advice once I return home early May. All I can say at this time is do not hesitate. This is a beautiful and amazing country with awesome riding, but there are definitely some do's and dont's!
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  5. tomithy

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    Let's see if this works...

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    "14/01/2011, Rockworks, on the road to Muong Lay."

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    "28/01/2011, Highway 14, somewhere between My Lien and Kon Tum."

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    "From Buon Ma Thuot to Da Lat, 29/01/2011"
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  6. The Motorcycle Thing

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    I did an amazing trip from Hanoi to Saigon over about 6-8 weeks. Bought and old Minsk, and when the lads I was with weren't breaking down we had a great time down the Ho Chi Minh Trail! Beautiful scenery and great people. I'll load up a RR when I have time.

    Joel
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  7. BruceHaydon

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    Few important things :
    You need to have a good bike , stay away from the Chinese copy Honda Win . Go with Honda 250cc . There is some shop in Hanoi have Baja 250 or XR 250 for rent ( 35-40$ per day ) , but they are a litter old ( 1985-2002 ) , there is one guy doing tours around Vietnam with Honda CRF 250cc model 2012 and he also rent them out for 45$ per day . I did few trip with him before and bikes is very good .
    You will need a GPS bc you can not trust Vietnamese maps , they are shit .
    Highway one is death trap especially from Hanoi to Nhatrang , i think you should take highway 15 ( Hochiminh highway ) till there then take highway one along the coast . Or you should consider doing the northern part , for me it's is lots better .
    You can PM me any time if you need more informations .
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