Vietnam is one of the nations with a large number of two-wheelers, you can see numerous scooters, motorbikes, and motorcycles, especially in Ho Chi Minh City with more than 7 million registered motorbikes. To those who want to experience a freestyle adventure, exploring Vietnam on a motorbike would be an interesting choice. With abundant motorbike rental places, particularly around the backpackers' streets in Ho Chi Minh, there are a few things you should know to consider if you decide on renting this transport.
Note: As required by law, you need to have a valid license to drive in Vietnam - this can be an international driving permit or your motorcycle license from home converted into a Vietnamese license for operating a two-wheeler. Depending on the rental place, some places do not require you to show proves of this qualification.
And since your passport will be kept as security, other than the motorbike rental fees, you do not need to pay additional money for security.
There are many motorbike rental places in Ho Chi Minh City, especially near the backpackers' district in District 1. But before browsing through these shops and considering whether to rent, make sure you know about these things:
In order to ride a motorbike in the city, you are required to have either an international driving permit along with your national motorbike license or get a Vietnamese license. You cannot claim any travel insurance if you don’t have this license. In fact, you must drive on the right of the road.
For more information on obtaining a Vietnamese license, read more on How to Get a Motorcycle License in Vietnam.
Although driving a motorbike is one of the great joys in Ho Chi Minh, you should not try to tackle the city's traffic if you don't have any prior experience of riding a motorbike or in crowded streets.
If you still want to enjoy the fun of traveling in the city on a motorbike, you can check i Tour Vietnam's motorbike tours in Ho Chi Minh City to be driven on the back of the bike by local guides.
Although it is not mandatory to have travel insurance when visiting Vietnam, it is essential to ensure a trip with minimal risks and that there is an extra mean for security. Note that if you drive without a proper license in Vietnam, it automatically invalidates your insurance.
The motorbike is great transportation when traveling around Ho Chi Minh City. To ensure an unforgettable adventure with minimal risks, you should consider the above motorbike rental tips as well as these motorbike riding tips with local guides and drivers.
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