Motorbike Trip in Vietnam: Budget, Routes & Tips

Motorbike Trip in Vietnam: Budget, Routes & Tips

So, you’ve been daydreaming about doing a motorbike trip in Vietnam for months and you’ve finally decided to book a ticket and seek for the adventure there? 

In the last few years, Vietnam is becoming an extremely popular destination, especially for backpackers since the prices are relatively low compared to the western world.

Many people are traveling around Vietnam on a daily basis and there is so many information on the internet on that, but in this article, I’m going to provide you with the ultimate guide for your motorbike trip in Vietnam.

Find a comfortable place, brew yourself a delicious coffee and keep reading!

Pre-Arrival to Vietnam

Flying to Vietnam

First and foremost, you have to figure out the documentation required to get into Vietnam. Depending on your home country, the process for gathering all the required documents may slightly differ.

Here is a list of documents you have to sort out before visiting:

How to Arrange a Tourist/Business Visa

Well, Vietnam still requires a visa for the majority of countries, but it’s extremely easy to get a tourist visa for up to 3 months. The country allows visa on arrival for 150 countries, so check out the list to be sure what’s the process for getting a visa for your country.

To get a visa on arrival, you need to have a letter of approval that you show at the airport and they make a visa for you. There are many tourist agencies that will make a letter for a visa you want for a really small cost. We always get a three-month tourist visa letter for $15 – $30.

We wrote a complete guide on getting a Vietnam tourist visa where you can get all the information about the process, costs, types and exempts.

NOTE: Be sure that you have the letter with you when coming to the airport as you may face problems getting into the plane without the letter. If you’re flying into Vietnam, then you don’t have to have an original letter (red stamp). It’s enough to just print out the letter the agency sent to you. For land borders, it’s important that you have an original letter with you. 

Getting the Cheapest Flight Ticket

Once you figured out your visa, it’s time to book a flight ticket. My favorite way to do it is by checking aggregator sites like Skyscanner or CheapOair. They collect the cheapest tickets around the world and present them to you. Also, don’t forget to check Kiwi.com.

NOTE: Be cautious with Kiwi since the service combines different flight companies and there is a probability they won’t cover your missed flight (they also have the insurance for missed flights!). Also, don’t forget to search for flight tickets in incognito mode on your browser. 

The only advice for buying a flight ticket is to pick the right season. For example, the period from July – September is known as a rainy season and that’s the time when there are not many tourists around, so tickets and other things in the country are priced a bit lower.

If you’re scared that you will only experience the rain, please don’t be as the country is very long and north mainly experiences a lot of rain, while central and southern parts of the country usually have great weather all the time.

Which Travel Insurance to Get?

Always have travel insurance as you never know what may happen on the road (advice from a guy without travel insurance who paid $500 for a simple check). Hopefully, nothing bad will happen, but you never know, especially when you’re traveling through rough terrains of Vietnam.

The hospitals are very good and clean in the big cities (expect to spend a lot without insurance) but in the small towns around the countryside, the hospitals might look like you’ve got into a horror movie. Countryside hospitals are usually full, the staff doesn’t speak English and the cleanliness level is questionable. 

NOTE: After Antonio crashed the bike, he went to a local hospital in the countryside and he had a good experience. Doctors knew how to speak basic English and they treated him well. On the other hand, he went to an international hospital and he said the service was outstanding, but it costs a small fortune without insurance.

International Driving License – Is It Necessary?

Is it necessary to get international driving license in Vietnam?

Before coming to the country, even if you don’t plan to travel around the country by motorbike, don’t forget to get an international driver license. There are so many stunning places around the country and experience is by far better driving on your own.

Police in Vietnam is very corrupt and they usually don’t target foreigners (in the countryside), but if you have the accident and you don’t have a proper license, then the insurance won’t cover your costs.

In case you’re planning to stay in Vietnam for a while, the viable option would be to get a Vietnamese driving license.

Essential Things for Your Backpack

Vietnam has a monsoon and tropical climate through almost a whole year, so pack light clothes if you’re planning to visit anytime except December – March. These few months are a bit colder, especially in the north, so prepare accordingly.

Temperatures and stability of weather get much higher after Tet holiday that falls on the first week of February. Last year, from November all the way to early February, it was raining a lot in central Vietnam.

In cold months, temperatures reach 15°C but don’t get fooled as it is extremely cold because of the high humidity in the air. You will be fine, but always check the weather in the part of the country you’re planning to go.

Friendly tip: Bring sunscreen and any other cosmetic things from your country. Sunscreen is so expensive in Vietnam, taking into account the quality. Also, it’s almost impossible to find a sunscreen without whitening effect (read: some hard chemicals).

Now when you have sorted out the documentation and have proper things in your backpacks, it’s time to talk a bit about the budget and transportation around Vietnam.

Budget & Transportation Options

Vietnam became a very attractive country for backpackers as it is relatively cheap compared to the western world, but also, it gives a variety of options when it comes to luxury travel. No matter your style of traveling, you will definitely find what suits you in Vietnam for a reasonable price.

If you’re planning to travel around the whole country in a month or similar period, then this guide would be perfect for you as we did it, so we can share some tips with you!

Check out our detailed post where we shared all details on how much money we spent during our one-month motorbike trip.

Budget Breakdown of Our Motorbike Trip in Vietnam

I traveled around the whole country in 30 days driving the motorbike. That way is becoming more and more popular, especially after Top Gear’s special episode where the crew did the motorbike trip around Vietnam.

Check this episode out to get an idea what to expect during your motorbike trip around stunning Vietnam (not really! Always expect unexpectable in Vietnam).

Accommodation

Accommodation in Vietnam is pretty basic, but can be luxury if you're looking for it.

We’ve traveled on a backpackers’ budget and I must say we didn’t lack anything. The majority of budget planning was related to accommodation, but sometimes we booked more comfortable homestay or hotel to relax after a long time being on the road.

Basically, for accommodation, you can expect to pay from 70,000 – 150,000 VND/person for a nice and cozy hostel in a shared room. These rooms are amazing if you’re a solo traveler as you will always meet travelers who’re doing the same trip.

Also, if you want privacy, but don’t have an opportunity to pay more, go for capsule hostels! If you’re traveling in a group, I advise you to always book a homestay or hostel in the 4-bed-shared room. The prices will be similar for a person, but you will have more privacy for your group.

On average, we spent about 130,000 VND/person for accommodation. We really stayed everywhere; from dirty hostels all the way to very stunning private homestays. It really depends on your style of traveling how much you’re going to spend. If you’re on a shoestring budget, there are many backpacker’s hostels with the price starting as low as 40,000 VND for a bed.

Friendly tip: Always check the user’s reviews and the users rating on the platform. Some hostels/homestays will have a great description and pictures, but when you come here, you will be disappointed how misleading it is! Don’t make the same mistake as I did! 🙂

Food & Drinks

Food in Vietnam

Believe me, there is an unlimited food option starting from the diverse street food, all the way to upscale restaurants with stunning views (do it if you’re looking for a spoil, but the food can’t compare to street food!).

On our trip, we didn’t save much money when it comes to food, but we picked the places where the food was fairly priced (read eat where locals eat).

We usually spent around 50,000 VND for a huge meal (including drinks sometimes). Always go for the street food where you can find many locals eating as it means the food is great and not overpriced. If you can’t see the prices, always ask for the prices in front as some people will definitely take advantage of you being a foreigner.

Don’t be surprised if you see locals are paying less money than you as they are eating there probably every day and know people around. Even if you get charged a bit extra, it won’t affect you for sure!

My advice always goes for street food as you will get amazing portions for a reasonable price and also the variety of food is amazing. If you’re scared that the food preparation or ingredients aren’t clean, don’t be! Many people are eating there and nothing happens. Also, our travel group had three members and we never experienced any stomach problems, except when we were drinking their homemade rice wine. Be careful with that stuff! 🙂

When it comes to drinks, expect to pay a peanut amount for domestic beers, delicious and strong coffee and all other drinks. Also, don’t forget to try their fresh beer (Bia Hoi or Bia Tuoi). It’s usually a homemade beer made by locals that goes so well with street food. In some places, we found 2L of fresh beer for whopping 20,000 VND which is less than a dollar!

Environmental tip: Please invest in a reusable water bottle as Vietnam is lacking the infrastructure for recycling so all the plastic is being burned or end up in the ocean. Good reusable bottles will cost you around $30. Another viable option is buying a plastic reusable BPA-free bottle for a few dollars in every bigger supermarket (BigC has many choices).

Almost every household has a huge water source and people are very hospitable, so they will welcome you with their hands opened if you ask for a bit of water. It saves the environment and also your wallet!

So, to conclude the budget for the food, expect to put aside about 200,000 VND daily for food and drinks (backpacker’s budget).

Transportation

Transportation in Vietnam

Vietnam is a fast developing country, so transportation options won’t lack. Traveling around the country is possible with shuttles, buses, trains, planes, taxis, cars, motorbikes, and a variety of self-made vehicles (don’t try it please).

We chose the last mean of transportation – a motorbike. This way became very popular among backpackers and hundreds of people are doing a trip every day. It’s not a strange thing that motorbike market became very huge and it is very easy to get a motorbike and sell it after you’re doing with a trip.

Check out this backpackers group to see which motorbikes are on the market and what are the prices. I’ve got myself a Sufat Win (Vietnamese version of Honda) and I’ve got it as a gift in Hanoi. Usually, these bikes have a price of around $200 and you can, with a bit of luck, sell it for the same price.

If you decide on a motorbike, then expect to pay around $200 – $400 for a decent bike. I really advise you to invest a bit more as this extra buck will save you a lot of time on the road! More on that soon! 🙂

We drove around 200 km on average on every trip. It seems like nothing on the paper, but believe me, these rides can sometimes take you a whole day!

If you want to have an accurate time estimation, multiple Google Maps estimation by two!

The roads are in very bad conditions in some parts, the traffic can be crazy and also, weather, nature and motorbike breakdowns will be your daily friends.

The cost for gas is around 20,000 VND for a liter and you can usually drive up to 50 km on one liter. So, depending on your plan, the gas costs will vary. Also, you need to regularly maintain your motorbike which includes tightening the brakes, chain and changing the oil every 500 – 1,000 km.

The oil change costs around 100,000 VND. Breakdowns are inevitable, but luckily small mechanic shops are on each step. These people usually know how to fix everything when it comes to Honda (or replica) bikes. Read more about the costs of bikes and breakdowns in our guide on buying a motorbike in Vietnam.

When we put everything on the paper, we spent around 250,000 VND per day for our motorbikes (gas, maintenance and repairs).

When it comes to budgeting, the buses are a bit cheaper but offering faster transport. You can also travel during the night and sleep there (sleeper buses can be a very good option if you’re not taller than 170 cm).

It’s awesome as you can stop a bus everywhere on the road. Just stay on the road, wave to the bus driver and they will stop if they still have seats. Be sure to prepare Google Translate and don’t accept the first price if it doesn’t seem right. Bus drivers will usually overcharge you, but with little bargaining skills, you will get the fair price.

Prepare your phone with handy mobile apps that will make your trip around Vietnam much easier!

Train in Vietnam

Although buses are very convenient to come from A to B fast and safe, they won’t give you total freedom and amazing scenery you can experience driving a motorbike. The rides that are around 200 km will cost you around 100,000 – 250,000 VND.

Check out the website for timetables and detailed prices. For instance, Hanoi to Da Nang in a sleeper bus will cost you about 350,000 VND.

Trains are a bit more expensive and the rides are longer, but you’ll experience stunning scenery on every train drive. The price is a bit higher and you need to book a ticket a few days before as many locals tend to travel by train, especially at a longer distance.

For instance, the price from Da Nang (central Vietnam) to Saigon (South Vietnam) will cost you around 1,000,000 VND. Do the math and see what’s the best option for you! 🙂

Also, Vietnam is developing on a crazy fast pace, so almost every bigger city has its own domestic airport which means you can travel by planes between cities for a funny amount of money. For instance, Hanoi to Saigon can cost as low as $40. If you’re lacking the time, that’s the best option! 

Don’t forget to read our ultimate guide on public transport in Vietnam. You can find out all the details, websites, prices and more for each mean of transportation.

Now you have many options on how to travel around Vietnam with different transportation options. It’s up to you to choose your way, but if you have enough time (one month), just go for a full adventure and pick a bike and do the whole Vietnam with the bike. That’s the experience you will always remember! 🙂

Safety in Vietnam

Vietnam is pretty safe country

In general, Vietnam is one of the safest countries I’ve to have a chance to travel to. Through the journey of more than 1 year, driving the country twice, living in some crazy places, even crossing to Laos by motorbike, I must say that I never felt in danger.

After doing comprehensive research on the internet, I can say that Vietnam is a relatively safe country, even for solo travelers, but just don’t forget to use your common sense.

Bigger cities like Saigon, Hanoi and Da Nang tend to have a higher rate of petty crimes, so keep your belongings near you all the time, especially when walking around busy and touristic places. There are many tourist traps in Vietnam, so don’t buy things you don’t need and don’t be sorry for people offering you many things. Their job is to make you feel sorry, so you just buy overpriced things you don’t need.

There are many scams in Vietnam and so many tourists fall on cheap tricks!

The biggest safety issue in Vietnam is definitely traffic. Traffic is crazy and there is an enormous amount of motorbikes, trucks and buses on the road. 

Be extra careful on the roads

Don’t hesitate to use your honk as much as possible. Be careful of buses and trucks as they usually drive like in the video games and they are always the fastest on the road. Sometimes, it seems like they don’t care about others so you’d better move away from their way.

At first, the traffic will look very terrifying, especially if you’ve never had a chance to drive in Asia. After some experience, you will see that people are used to the traffic and they know how to go with the flow with other people in traffic. Always be aware of every moving and non-moving object and don’t look too much around, especially when you’re driving around the cities.

I had a motorbike accident where I crashed into another motorbike in the city. Thank God, nothing serious happened and everyone was fine. People were extremely helpful and everything was sorted out in minutes. Just wanted to tell you that no matter how good your driving is, never get too confident or cocky on the roads. Always drive defensive and you will be fine! 🙂

Our Vietnam Road Trip Itinerary (Coastal & Inland Route)

We’ve traveled from Hanoi to Saigon and then from Saigon to Hanoi again. There are still so many places you can explore northern from Hanoi (Ha Giang loop) and southern than Saigon, but if you have only a limited time (as everyone has), this guide will be more than enough for an outstanding experience!

Keep reading as we’re going to talk about amazing, stunning and breathtaking places! I know it will be tough to pick the places if you have a limited time as in every place you’ll want to stay longer! So let’s start! 🙂

Hanoi

Hanoi at night

For the majority of people, Hanoi is the first destination in Vietnam. It’s a perfect destination for people who’re interested in learning as much as possible about the Vietnamese culture or people who decided to travel around Vietnam with the motorbike. The motorbike market is enormous in Hanoi and the bikes tend to be cheaper to buy than in Saigon. People usually buy their bikes in Hanoi for a lower price and later sell it in Saigon for the same price.

Hanoi is a huge city and it will give you amazing insights into Vietnamese culture. Many people call Hanoi a huge village as it’s a city with a population of more than 8 million people, but still, the local vibe is very present. You will see locals doing their own things not minding tourists.

Hanoi is an awesome city to dip yourself into Vietnamese street food. Also, there are some beautiful places around the city to explore and museums that will educate you about the history and will help you in understanding the people and culture.

People usually spend around 4 – 5 days exploring the city’s attractions and cuisine. After you’re done with Hanoi, there are a few ways to continue your trip. One is going on the north exploring Sapa and doing a northern loop and the other is to visit stunning Halong Bay that is just on the corner!

Halong Bay

stunning Ha Long bay

If you’re lacking time to do a northern loop, but you want to experience the magic of the north, then head to stunning Halong Bay. The place is one of the natural worlds wonders as the bay is the home of more than 1000 limestone islands. My advice is to get a motorbike there (rents are very cheap and the average price is around 100,000 VND per day) as you will have total freedom while exploring the place.

The other option, which is a bit more expensive, is booking a boat tour around the islands. The tours usually last for a night and you will have a chance to experience one of the most secluded beaches around the bay.

For hiking lovers, don’t forget to check out the Bai Tho Mountain in the center of the city. The hike is not so challenging and it takes only around 45 minutes to get to the top, but the views over a whole bay are simply breathtaking and totally worth the struggle of getting up!

Ninh Binh (Tam Coc & Trang An)

Top of Mua Cave in Tam Coc

For people who enjoy nature and infinite drives around stunning views, Ninh Binh area is the perfect spot. Ninh Binh area, especially Tam Coc and Trang An are usually called Halong Bay on earth. The reason for the name is that the place is a home of hundreds of limestones in the middle rice paddies.

It’s very awesome as you can explore the place with a bicycle or motorbike without paying a huge price for a boat tour and also you’re totally free while driving and exploring around. The place has many attractions, but also many hidden places where you can just lose yourself in the beauty the place offers. If you’re an adventurous soul like me, don’t forget to bring a tent and camping equipment.

Also, simple picnic equipment and food near the river in the middle of rice fields will give you an unforgettable experience of this beautiful place. My advice is to rent a motorbike and check out countless pagodas around the area, try some delicious food (their goat dishes are more than delicious!), take a boat tour through the caves and then just relax in the middle of the rice fields while wandering the stunning views around countless limestones!

Phong Nha

Curvy road in Phong Nha

Heading south from Ninh Binh is a bit monotone route as it gives you only the experience of the rural countryside. Don’t get me wrong, I think everyone should experience the countryside and interact with beautiful people there. If you’re on limited time and you really want to explore most of Vietnam, then I advise you to head over to Phong Nha.

This part of the country is a bit laid down, but tourism is popping out like crazy in the town. This place is the home of the biggest cave in the world with a whole ecosystem, but it’s accessible only to people who have permits and equipment that costs about $5,000. Anyway, the place has stunning scenery and a huge national park is just around the corner.

The national park is the home of the Paradise cave and many windy roads overlooking the limestones, rivers, and lively countryside. We stayed two days in Phong Nha, but we’d like to spend at least a week there as the scenery and a laid-back life really recharge your energy for the trip ahead. Also, not to forget, the road to Phong Nha is amazing, but a bit challenging as you’re going inland heading to Laos border.

The road you’ll be probably taking is an infamous Ho Chi Minh Road which leads you through stunning scenery. It will take you a lot of time as you will probably stop so many times to admire the view and take a picture or two!

Hue

Imperial city of Hue

Hue is an imperial city of Vietnam that was once a capital during the reign of Nguyen dynasty. The city was completely destroyed during the Vietnam war, but locals and international investments really helped the city to get on feet again. The city has a beautiful vibe, especially during the night, but it is a bit touristic and the prices are set accordingly to tourists.

I advise you to visit an imperial city. Do it in the morning since it can take a few hours to walk around it. It’s a huge complex with a lot of information that will give you great insights about that part of history. The entrance ticket costs 150,000 VND.

Another great place around Hue is the abandoned water park that is located on the skirts of the city.

Abandoned park in Hue

The place is so beautiful and you will get that vibe instantly when you get there. Sometimes it can be tough to get there as there is a security guy on the doors and he will act like there is no way to enter, but just give him a bit of money and he will let you in with a huge smile on his face. Also, inside the park, there is a local lady selling beverages and many people exploring the place each day, so the place doesn’t look abandoned at all. It was definitely my favorite place in and around Hue.

Da Nang

My Khe beach in Da Nang

Da Nang is by far my favorite city in the whole of Vietnam (I’ve been living in Da Nang for almost a year), if not in a whole SEA. The city lays on the coast and I usually call it ‘Vietnamese Miami’. 

I would say that the city has a perfect balance of nature and modern things to explore and do. There are many mountains, stunning beaches, scenic roads that can be found just on the skirts of the city. When you’re in the city, don’t forget to check the Marble Mountain, Son Tra Peninsula and also, rent a bike to drive through an iconic Hai Van Pass.

The food is amazing there and it differs a bit from the northern cuisine, so don’t forget to try their specialty called My Quang and Bun Bo Hue. If you find yourself in the city during the weekend, head over to Dragon Bridge at 9 pm to see a fire-spitting show there.

Coffee culture is a huge part of daily life in Da Nang for locals and expats. Coffee is always strong and delicious that really keeps you awake. If you’re coming to Da Nang to work or relax, check out the best working cafes in Da Nang.

Hoi An

Hoi An ancient town

Hoi An is a small town with the old town core that was built during French colonization, so it looks like a small French village. It sounds very attractive, but if you’re not ready for being in a totally overcrowded little town, then maybe you won’t enjoy the city. It is a magical city during the night as there are countless lanterns and many boats floating on rivers around.

Hoi An is usually called ‘Vietnamese Venice’ as there are many small islands and rivers crossing and dividing the town. Try out their food market for a delicious specialty and don’t forget to try their Mi Xao – fried noodles with many spices and vegetables. Hoi An is just about 30 km south from Da Nang and it has many homestays and hostels in the middle of the rice fields.

It’s a perfect way to relax and recharge your batteries for the trip that is in front of you since you might take an inland route which is very challenging at times.

Kon Tum

Kong Lor Bridge in Kontum

Not many tourists visit Kon Tum, but it’s one of my highlights in the whole of Vietnam! It’s a city located in the middle of the Highlands and you can get there from Da Nang or Hoi An. The distance is around 300 km, but the trip can last a whole day since you’re driving through scenic windy and mountainous roads and the weather conditions are totally unpredictable at times.

Prepare yourself for a trip by getting enough food and extra gas in the bottles as there are parts on the road where there is not a single sign of any civilization. The road is beautiful as you will stumble stunning mountains, windy roads, random rivers and lakes, and few waterfalls that pop up out of nowhere.

The city itself is amazing as it’s a home of many ethnic groups and you don’t need any extra permit to get there. We were just sitting in the countryside and observing the lifestyle of the ethnic people. These people are extremely happy and very welcoming to foreigners. Also, there are a few museums showing the history of Kon Tum and ethnic groups in Vietnam.

After a whole day of exploration, check out the food market in the city center to get some delicious soup and glass of their famous Che (bean cream)! Also, don’t forget to try their coffee as once you get to the highlands, you will notice coffee fields all around. Coffee has a different taste than in the north, any, in my opinion, is by far more delicious and higher quality.

Majority of Vietnamese coffee is Robusta, but around Kon Tum, and Highlands in general, there are a lot of Arabica beans. If you’re looking for an authentic traditional Vietnamese coffee, Kon Tum is the place to be.

Qui Nhon

Qui Nhon from Top

Some people might be overwhelmed by the countryside and mountains and they miss the beach vibe. If that’s the case with you, then head over to coast again to a coastal city Qui Nhon. It’s a very awesome city that has similarities to Da Nang but without tourist crowds. A perfect place to chill for a few days to recoup the energy. The city is becoming more and more popular as you will see resorts are popping out each month.

The beaches around the place are so amazing and also, there is a desert island with so many sandy beaches and fisherman villages around. There are few places around the city that are perfect for hiking as while you reach the top you will be awarded by breathtaking looks over the whole city.

A pretty laid back city with not so many things to do except relaxing on the beach, eating delicious seafood and enjoying a cup of Vietnamese coffee.

Nha Trang

Local part of Nha Trang

Next awesome city that is stretching along the southern coast is called Nha Trang. It is an amazing city if you’re looking for wild nightlife and partying at the beach, but also, the place is surrounded by surreal landscape featuring many islands, peninsulas and stunning roads. Don’t forget to try their iconic seafood!

If you’re looking for an amazing adventure, then do snorkeling in Nha Trang. There are a few natural heavens for divers and it’s definitely a thing to do once in Nha Trang.

Buon Ma Thuot

Mountains around Buon Ma Thuot

Are you a coffee addict? Believe me, Vietnamese coffee is one of the most delicious and strongest coffees I had a chance to try. Buon Ma Thuot is a city of Central Highlands and its second name is ‘the capital of coffee in Vietnam’. The city didn’t get the name by accident!

The coffee is really amazing there as this area is one of the biggest coffee producers in the whole of Vietnam.

The city itself doesn’t have many interesting things to do except stunning landscape, ultra-delicious coffee and amazing food at night. Coffee lovers should definitely check out this city as there is a huge selection of beans and also, you can learn so many things about the coffee and way of preparation there.

Da Lat

Ah that Da Lat! When you talk with locals and ask them about their favorite place in Vietnam, the majority of them will tell you about Da Lat.

The city is literally located in the middle of the mountains and with few lakes in the center of the city, it looks very peaceful. The coffee is also very amazing there and you can find many places with stunning views to enjoy your coffee in Da Lat. Also, traditional Vietnamese food and Korean food is very popular in Da Lat, so foodie lovers will definitely enjoy.

The city is called ‘the city of the eternal spring’ as the weather is chilly during the whole year. During the day, it’s very pleasant weather but in the mornings and during the night, the temperatures will be lower. Don’t go there without long sleeves as you’ll be freezing like me. 🙂

Mui Ne/Phan Thiet

Beach in Mui Ne

Mui Ne is a small place that set its borders on the southern coast of Vietnam, around 200 km away from Saigon (HCMC). If you’re looking for partying with locals and foreigners, that’s the place you want to head! Also, there are many cheap options when it comes to resorts and bungalows for people who want to relax a bit.

The town is widely known for huge waves and perfect winds which attract thousands of surfers and windsurfers. You can learn to surf or windsurf there for a very affordable price. Also, don’t forget to try their seafood, especially in a local restaurant. The place is filled with massage shops, so if you’re driving a motorbike, believe me, you will need a message here and there.

If you’re coming from Nha Trang, be sure that you visit a small city called Phan Rang. The food is authentic and the city is known as the capital of kitesurfing in Vietnam. Check out our experience while kitesurfing in Phan Rang to get a better idea of the place.

They have a huge selection of the massages, so it’s up to you to choose the one you prefer the most. Also, the place is the home of Red and White sand dunes. Literally, this place is set in the middle of the desert and it’s very stunning to visit.

Be careful if you’re riding a motorbike as there is a known police blockade between Red and White dunes and they are targeting foreigners to get the bribes that are usually not small. Always ask travelers who’re around the area about the police situation and learn how to deal with Vietnamese police.

Saigon

Reaching Saigon was the end of our motorbike trip in Vietnam

Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City is the biggest city in Vietnam with whooping 10 million people living in. The city is very modern and doesn’t look like any other city in Vietnam. The reason for that is that’s the economic capital of Vietnam and the city is very developed in some parts. However, there are many places where you can experience local Vietnamese culture.

Saigon is known for its wild nightlife and good quality of living, especially for expats. The traffic is very crazy there, so be extra careful when riding a motorbike as there are literally millions of vehicles in the traffic each second of the day. The good thing to visit there is a War Remnants Museum that will teach you so much about the history of war and will give you a good knowledge about the people and culture today.

Be aware as the museum will present very vivid pictures and scenes and you will definitely feel the emotion. I personally didn’t like Saigon so much so I can’t tell you more about it since I’ve stayed for only 2 days and start my journey to north one more time.

Vietnam Motorbike Routes + Detailed Map

Now when you have the list of the places around Vietnam you should definitely visit, I can give you a few routes to explore. Please have in mind that I will always tell you to do the motorbike trip in Vietnam as you’re totally free and flexible, so it will definitely be the best way to explore this stunning country!

Check out our ultimate route guide from Hanoi to Saigon. The guide includes specific routes, places to visit, accommodation options, budgets, and much more.

I did a motorbike trip in Vietnam twice. Once from Hanoi to Saigon and once from Saigon to Hanoi, so I will share two routes with you. Don’t rely only on these routes as there are many more things to visit and drive around, especially the northern loop and around Mekong Delta.

Get Ready for Stunning Motorbike Trip in Vietnam

This was a huge guide of Vietnam, huh? You remembered that I told you to take a cup of coffee (or three) and find a comfortable place? Yeah, I think after reading this guide you will have a perfect idea what you can expect during your motorbike trip in Vietnam.

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask and also, if you have any things you’d like to add, don’t hesitate to contact us to make this guide more detailed and helpful for people who’re preparing for the adventure of their lifetime.

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Antonio Gabric

A passionate traveler who is interested in shortening the gap between rich and poor by helping in the field of education. Very passionate about the diversity of cultures around the world and meeting new people that inspire me on a daily basis to continue doing great things.

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Hello everyone! We’re brothers who’re traveling and living around Vietnam. We travel on the tiny budget, exploring off-the-beaten-path, supporting local communities and showing you the life in Vietnam through local’s eyes. Learn and discover stunning Vietnam with us! Let’s connect and share some great stories and experiences together!

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