:: Vietnam by Motorcycle - or by the Bikers

Discussion in 'Asia' started by VietHorse, Jun 21, 2013.

  1. Simonhantler

    Simonhantler waiheke simon

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    gps for vietnam. riding a bike hanoi to sapa via hoa bin, mai chau, phu yen, mu cang chai. how do i get gps downloads or map for my garmin 660 for this ride, any ideas.
  2. Cruiserman

    Cruiserman Adventurer

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    G'day guys I was wondering if anyone can help me out with some info, I'm looking at moving to Vietnam later in the year with my Vietnamese wife and would like to buy an Adventure bike. Not sure of what my options are going to be but any help with suggestions of where to start looking would be great. I will be in the Mui Ne area so any where down south would be good.
    Cheers.
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  3. VietHorse

    VietHorse Long timer

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    Hi. If you don't really concerns about accuracy of the maps, and you have a smartphone, I would suggest you just play with GoogleMaps. Of course with 3G SIM card and 1-2 bucks for the 3G fee per day. At some points, 3G is unavailable, you can use some Apps to use offline maps.
    Others than that, you can refer to this LINK for more Maps options for Vietnam riding.
    Have fun and ride safe!
  4. VietHorse

    VietHorse Long timer

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    Muine is good place to stay and ride. Especially you can play with sand-dunes if you are dirtbike rider. I would suggest to settle down your movement then we can sit down for some beers. Beers will help all bike matters :D
    Some pix of SANDuro in Muine for your info before coming in: LINK.
  5. Cruiserman

    Cruiserman Adventurer

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    Sounds like a plan mate will be in touch
  6. JONK

    JONK Pick a direction and go

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    Anyone planning or doing a Vietnam motorcycle adventure in the near future? Heading over in a couple weeks and looking for some adventurers to ride with! So far no plans and no timeline, but plenty of adv spirit :D
  7. VietHorse

    VietHorse Long timer

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  8. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can

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    Did you go to Vietnam or not? I will be there early March for a while. I'm looking for info on the new visa cost. The VOA cost is shown. The cost for through the consulate isn't clear.
  9. JONK

    JONK Pick a direction and go

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    Fantastic trip! I ended up riding with my nephews who had zero motorcycle experience so we acquired scooters instead of off road bikes. Saigon to Hanoi, whole country. Wow!

    Visa. I paid $70 on some website I found from LonelyPlanet for the entry letters (seems excessive), then arriving at the airport it was another $135 US dollars stamping fee. I believe there used to be a USA 3 month visa but now possibly only a 1 year which is why the high stamping cost.

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  10. JONK

    JONK Pick a direction and go

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    Pro tip: if you see the cops and they are waving you over to bribe you for money.... I mean give you a speeding ticket - Don't try to outrun them on a scooter :D
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  11. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can

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    The visa has changed again. You can get the 1 & 3 month visas again. The VOA service fee is $24 & $35 for multi entry. The stamping fee is $50 for both. These prices are from Vietnam Immigration-Vietnam Visa online service. I'm not sure if this is a government site or not.

    Did you do a ride report ???
  12. Pilbara

    Pilbara In the flow...

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    Renting a bike in HCMC. I am flying into HCMC in August and will be there for ten days. I want to check out Dalat and surrounding area with view to finding some place to live. I would like to know if anyone can assist with bike hire for that time? Would like to do some trails while there so not really after a scooter :) This is a ADV forum....Cheers
  13. VNPython

    VNPython n00b

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    hi all, just registered 1 account for ADV interest. Singaporean living working in Hanoi Vietnam and looking for similar adv riders for short trips around Hanoi. My ride is Benelli TRK 502
  14. Misery Goat

    Misery Goat Positating the negative Super Moderator

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    How'd it go? I've drank a lot of Dalat wine in the years I've been travelling to Vietnam. I always wondered what the area was like.
  15. JONK

    JONK Pick a direction and go

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    ADV can be had on any bike, 50cc or not
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  16. swamp

    swamp Shut up. Ride.

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    I heard about the flooding.. 'yall ok?
  17. VietHorse

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    Terrible flooding surrounding Hanoi, North West, until North-center of Vietnam.
    Many provinces are still isolated. Railway from Hanoi to Lao Cai was partially buried by sliding land, heard that they will put back in service sometimes today.
    One more typhoon is coming close.
    Be safe out there, guys.
  18. Pilbara

    Pilbara In the flow...

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    Its lovely, very different place so clean and tidy and the scenery is so different, lots of pine trees. I am amazed at the diversity of scenery in Vietnam. I am going again to have another look around, I would love to live there.
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  19. bombdefuzer

    bombdefuzer Been here awhile

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    Rode from Da Nang down Q 1 to visit the wife's family in Binh Thuan. Q 1 is definitely not my favorite route but due to time constraints was my only choice. We rode 400 km day 1 and 288 day 2. We saw 2 police checkpoints and had no issues and were not atopped. A little rain and for the most part the trip was smooth. A few pictures attached. Versys 300X.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  20. B1

    B1 Carbon-based bipedal

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    Just back from a ride with Vietnam Motorbike Tours. Not sure if it's been covered in this thread, but lots of misinformation about getting a license in Vietnam.

    Your existing license isn't acceptable. You need to get a temporary Vietnamese license that is only available if you have a three month visa. On a practical level, the cops may not pull you over of course. And if they do, sometimes they might see your existing license and let it slide. In the old days you could always slip them a few USD$ but I'm not sure how graft and bribes work there now. And finally, you are limited to bikes under 200cc... although residents can apply for an expensive licence that allows larger capacities.

    It was pretty cool having all of this taken care of by the tour guys, if anyone is interested here's their vid.

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