Vietnam is a famous destination in Southeast Asia. With 96 million people, there are over 58 million motorbikes.
When most foreigners visit Vietnam, they are surprised by the motorcycles running in two big cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. Many of them are scared to cross the roads; however, a lot of young tourists who want to have adventurous journeys feel very impressed with this special vehicle. And, many of them choose it as their transportation to explore the country.
To fit these needs, we introduce you to this article including some basic skills to drive motorbike safely in Vietnam, notes to know before and during the hiring time, and the essential address for renting motorbikes along Vietnam.
Warning: Riding a motorbike is dangerous for foreigners. A lot of terrible accidents have been caused by or related to motorbike riders. Thus, renting and using a motorbike as a means of transportation to move is adventurous in Vietnam, and it is your own risk.
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Price of hiring a motorbike in Vietnam
Most of the shops supplying motorbikes in Vietnam offer price from 150,000VND to 300,000VND per day for one normal scooter; and from 400,000VND to 500,000VND for one high-speed motorbike per day. And, the price is also different from new or old motorcycles.
If you hire many days, you may get a lower price because the shop owners will discount it. And, some shops can deliver a scooter at your hotel, but you should ask them about this service because of depending on the location of your hotel.
Price table of common kinds of motorcyles in Vietnam is suggested for reference.
|Popular types of motorbikes in Vietnam||Price
(within city, VND)
(Out of city, VND)
|Yamaha gear scooter (Sirius, Jupiter)||150,000||300,000|
|Honda gear scooter (Wave, Future)||150,000||300,000|
|Honda automatic gear motorbike (Lead, Vidon, Airblade)||200,000||350,000|
|Exciter Yahama and Winner Honda||300,000||500,000|
Procedures and common conditions for renting a motorbike in Vietnam
Each shop has its own rules and procedures which you need to follow and ask the owners carefully to make sure that you know, understand and agree on all of their processes and conditions before renting.
Here are the basic procedures and conditions which you need to know:
- Motorbike rental service requires you to have a driver’s license and relevant documents, such as identity card, driving license (photocopy).
- Pay the fee of renting before taking a scooter, most of the shops like cash.
- You are often asked to deposit more money to make their motorbikes safely. And, you will receive the extra deposit after you give the motorcycles back the owners and pay other free if occurred.
- In the case of foreigners and oversea Vietnamese people when hiring a motorbike, the owners of shops ask for leaving passports.
- Discuss with the owners where to return motorbikes.
What to note before receiving a motorbike
- Check the motorbike carefully before receiving it, the important parts of the vehicle such as tires, brakes, gasoline, lights, horn…
- Test driving around to check if it works smoothly,
- Search for the nearest gasoline station to refuel,
- Tell the owners to leave enough gasoline enough to go (at least) to the nearest gasoline station,
- Tell them the limit of the distance you can ride the motorbike if you can out of the city, or where else,
- Pay attention to your motorbike to avoid being stolen. Lock it carefully or park it at the correct sites (usually you pay for parking) when you come to the tourist places in Vietnam. Especially, take more care of it at night.
- When using a motorcycle causes any issues, you should call the owner immediately to get the advice and instructions to avoid unexpected risks.
- Private car rental addresses often have lots of different models to choose from. However, to avoid trouble you should choose new cars, quiet noises to rent.
- You need to choose a new vehicle with good sounds of the engine because an old one can be damaged along the way.
- Some shops offer old means at a lower price. We recommend you do not select cheap motorbikes. They can use more gasoline and be broken, which costs more money.
- You should contact the suppliers in advance before you come to take a motorbike, or before you want to return it to save your time.
The list of address to hire motorbikes in Vietnam
Motorbike Rental in Ho Chi Minh City
Vinasat Motorbike Rental
- Address: 33 Ly Van Phuc, Tan Dinh, District 1, HCM
- Phone: 091 312 21 11 Tus & 090 2973327 Trang
- Address: 368 Vo Van Kiet, District 1, Ho Chi Minh
- Phone: 0915 139 796
- Address: 182 / 5A De Tham Street, District 1, HCM
- Phone: 0909 283 280
Thanh Lan Motorbike Rental
- Address: 17C Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Ben Nghe, District 1, HCM
- Phone: 0902 840 361
Motorcycle rental agencies in Da Nang City
Le Truong Motorcycle Renal
- Address: 92/19 Thi Sach – Da Nang, Vietnam
- Phone: 0977 000 844
Song Han Motorbike Hire
- Address: 86/26 Thi Sach, Hai Chau Dist, Da Nang City, Vietnam
- Phone: 0905 30 40 50 – 0962 200 179
An Nga Motorcycle Rental Service
- Address: 20-22 Le Quang Dao, Bac My Phu, Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang
- Phone: 090 568 81 01
Rental Motorbikes Quang Nga
- Address: 1B Vu Dinh Long Street, Tho Quang Ward, Son Tra Distric, Da Nang
- Phone: 0827 659 829
Tan Hoa Motorbike Rental
- Address: 184 Huynh Tan Phat, Hoa Cuong Nam, Hai Chau, Da Nang
- Phone: 0868 768 768
Rental Motorbike Da Nang Son Tra
- Address: Alley 74/29 Thi Sach, Hoa Thuan Nam, Hai Chau, Da Nang
- Phone: 097 700 07 44
Motorbike Rental Addresses in Hoi An
Motorbike Rental Hoi An
- Address: 111 Ly Thai To, Son Phong, Hoi An, Quang Nam
- Phone: 0785 854 252
Anh Khoa Hoi An Motorcyle Hire
- Address: 84 Phan Chu Trinh, Minh An Ward, Hoi An, Quang Nam
- Phone: 093 543 93 06
Hoi An Motorbike Rental MotorVina
- Address: 441 Cua Dai, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam
- Phone: 0848 005 599
Addresses of motorcyle rental in Hue City
Motobike Rental Hue
- Address: 5 Hung Vuong, Phu Hoi, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam
- Phone: 090 551 19 99
Chu Hoe Motorbike Rental
- Address: 2 Nguyen Cong Tru, Hue City
- Phone: 0935 267 329
Motorcyle Rental Hue – Motorvina
- Address: 14, Alley 42 Nguyen Ceng Tru, Hue City, Vietnam
- Phone: 0935 922 866 – 01232 005 599
Motorbike Rental Service Hanh Thao
- Address: Alley 103/29C Nhat Le Street, Hue City (inside the Imperial Citadel)
- Phone: 098 500 51 13
Addresses for renting a motorbike in Hanoi
Van Chinh Motorbike
- Address: 24D Ta Hien, Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
- Phone: 0989 595 533.
Nguyen Tu Motorbike
- Address 1: 112B Nguyen Van Cu, Long Bien, Hanoi,
- Address 2: 24D Ta Hien, P. Hang Buom, Q, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
- Phone: 0942467674.
Gia Hung motorbike
- Address: 41 Ngo Huyen District, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
- Phone: 0936 345 123 Mr. Hai.
Essential skills to ride a motorcycle better
With a large number of motorbikes in Vietnam, studying basic skills to control them is vital to stay in safety. Especially, when running high speed, managing motorcycles is hard. Learning these rules can help you to get better to use a motorbike in Vietnam.
1. Be alert to signs
When operating a motorbike, you are both proactive and passive. The passive situation comes when many other vehicles also run. So, be calm to watch traffic signs such as signal lights… and listen to horns … to react promptly to any situations on the road.
2. Overtake other vehicles when necessary
Most people think that going at a slow speed, should not overtake other motorbikes or cars is safe. However, in many cases, it is advisable to go pass these vehicles when there is enough space and time, not pass when seeing it not safe. Be careful when you cannot takeover slow-running transportation, they can stop or turn left or right immediately.
3. Have wide and far observation
Wide viewing is especially necessary when you travel on small, narrow roads that cut with many other streets, especially going through residential areas. Always be ready to brake at any time by placing 1 or 2 fingers on the hand brake as supporting reaction.
4. Get wriggling skills
With the chaotic traffic situation like in Vietnam, wriggling skills are also important for you to save time and reduce traffic congestion. But be aware that when your vehicle moves through small spaces, you go in the correct lane and make full use of traffic signals such as turning signals and horns.
5. Run with appropriate speed
Traveling at a speed that is sufficient for you to control the situation on the roads and you do not violate traffic laws; especially speed up only when you realize that the space in front of you is enough to use the brake if there is an unexpected situation.
6. Go to the correct gear level
A lot of people, especially women, only use one gear when controlling a geared motorcycle. Please change the gear following the speed of travel to ensure your safety and durability of the vehicle.
If you run on mountain roads with a lot of steep passes, use low gear. It is because when going uphill, the lower gear will help transfer more torque, while the lower gear will hold the car away from inertia. This skill is called the engine brake.
7. Move with a group with correct rules
If you travel with a group of motorbikes, the safe way is to move in groups of rows 1 and max of 2, not 3 rows, depending on the width of the road. Each person should strictly adhere to his or her position in the group, operate the vehicle so that person does not enter the blind spot of the person going in front, and make sure to observe the person behind in the rearview mirror.
8. Control cornerings properly
Slow down, return to a low gear, observe the road surface before cornering, especially not interrupt the clutch. Be careful with the other vehicles running in the opposite way.
Many people naturally tilt in the opposite direction of the vehicle when cornering with high speed. This is a mistake because when the rider and a motorbike are not in the same direction of movement, plus high speed, the motorbike loses the balance, it very easy to fall. When the corner is wide enough and you ride with the high speed (be careful with high speed), you should tilt with the vehicle (enough to make it balance), and lower the knee to expand the focus of the person and the vehicle, then the motorbike enters the corner safely.
9. Use the brakes properly
Combine both front and rear brakes, with the front braking force equal to 60-70% of the rear brakes. Limit the use of brakes when it rains, the roads are wet, and you should use a low gear and run with suitable speeds.
Safe riding a motorbike is the happiness of everyone. Controlling the motorcycle correctly is the best way to protect you and other people. When traveling in Vietnam with a motorbike, you need to know the traffic rules and riding habits of the local people clearly. Or, many motorbike-for-rent shops and travel companies in Vietnam also offer motorbike drivers who can ride the vehicles and you sit at the back of him to enjoy the views.