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1. Posted by madam (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

hi

i am keen to ride a moped or motorbike in country vietnam for 1-2 days... somebody told me to be careful cuz if u damage the bike u could pay up to $10,000 AU. is this true? also do i need a travel insurance that covers this ride? what is the best one?

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Madam,
I have written on this subject several times. Unless you have experience riding a motorbike (MB), I suggest you DO NOT hire a MB while in VN. Yes, they are fun. Who does not like the feeling of sun/wind on your face as you motor along? The feeling of freedom that you cannot get in a car/van/bus. I wrote about renting a MB in my blog. I rented in DaLat and Nha Trang during my 08 trip to VN. I am an experienced rider and used extreme caution both days. I did not have any problems, but I was very grateful to turn the MB back in w/o damage.

The downside of renting a MB is huge. Yes, you will be held liable if you damage the MB or if it is stolen. You are riding illegally. The VN law states that you must have a VN driver's license. We do not have one. The VN police seldom enforce this law, but if there is a problem or accident, your lack of driving license will be against you. As will your inability to speak VN. If you injure another person, damage your MB or another MB or car, you will be at fault. The police and the person/persons involved will chat among themselves and decide that: yes, you are at fault. You will pay what they decide. Most rental places keep your passport until the MB is returned. If you have damaged the MB, they will figure out how much you owe for repairs. If you are really unlucky and the MB is stolen, you will have to pay the replacement cost of the MB. They have your passport and once the police arrive, your bargaining position is very weak. You will pay what they determine is a fair price for the damaged or lost MB.

All in all, it is a very risky business hiring MBs in VN or any SEA country. Check with your insurance company to see if damage or theft to a rental MB is covered. Doubtful. Think long and hard before renting one.

3. Posted by madam (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

thanku for ur informative response. sounds like its very risky! might be best to go on the back of one with a guide.

4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Quoting madam

thanku for ur informative response. sounds like its very risky! might be best to go on the back of one with a guide.

I think that would be a better decision. Let your guide take the risks. I did this in Mui Ne. Made more sense that day than me renting again. Good luck with your planning.

5. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 7y

Ive drove bikes in most places in Vietnam including Saigon and Hanoi, and did not have any problems.
I had one crash in Saigon which was not my fault (some guy talking to his GF on the back) crashed into me .
It can be a great way to get around cheaper you can hire a Moter bike for as little as $5 a day.If you are gonna do it make sure you check the bike before you drive away and if there is damage to it point it out to the gut who is hiring it to you .
Vietnam citys are a dangerous place for the inexperienced (my gf wont even drive in the citys and she is vietnamese)
Just take your time dont get over confident and you will be ok , trafic in the citys can be very congested which goes in your favour sometimes as everything is a slower pace . I actually found the citys ok once you get the hang of it , its the highways which are the dangerous places for a moterbike driver to be , i had a few near scrapes on highway 1 with buses overtaking trucks and coming straight at you with not much room to move out of the way . Its prob not a clever idea to hire bikes in Vietnam but it can be a lot of fun and you feel a lot more independent and free .. You can be the most safest driver in the world but your only as safe as the roads you are on so be careful..

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Sep-2009, at 08:55 by paul j ]

6. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

I read this online, backing up what I have been talking about. Renting a motorbike in SEA w/o riding experience is a very bad idea.

7. Posted by madam (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

good read, thanks

8. Posted by travelfrik (Inactive 22 posts) 7y

damn! i was also planing to hire a motorbike there! thnx for the information! i will just foget the idea! lol