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11. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 5y

[quote=Dodger]Are you talking about bicycles or motorbikes? If you are talking about motorcycles, it depends on your experience. I know a lot of women that have ridden motorcycles there and had a great time. And yes it is a really fun way to get around. I can point you in the direction of a lovely lady in Ho Chi Minh that can set you up with a motorcycle and any advice you need.

If you are talking about bicycles I think this is an even better idea. I know two girls that arrived in Vietnam and bought bicycles to ride around on and had such a good time they ended up riding them through India and nepal! Go here for some great blogs by people who traveled through Vietnam by bicycle.[/quote

To whoever edited my post, that was nice. Those guys have posted no end of crap about "oh don't do this, don't do that" "oh this place is shit don't go there". All based on their scared ass perspective. Offer an opinion of your experience for sure, but don't go round telling people not to do something. It's travel, and adventure!!!

12. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 5y

Quoting Falukozi

Thank you
I will go read those blogs. :)

My sister and I are arriving in Ho chi minh via a gap adventure tour from Thailand.
we are traveling with round the world tickets and can probably add a stop in Han.

We were thinking we would like to see the country in between the citys. is it worth it or should we just fly?
also when you say the roads are unsafe what are you referring to exactly
1) the likelihood of a car crash
2) the possibility of being robbed
3) the chance you will be paying to much for the trip
4) the chance somebody is out to injure you
d) all of the above.

just trying to gauge the risk level. Keeping in mind we will have been in India, Nepal and 5 countrys in Africa before this?

Yes of course there is a chance of all the above. Is anywhere in the world 100% safe? Vietnam on the whole is safe and fun, and yes see the real country between the citys and don't just fly everywhere. Thousands of people do it every year. By the time you experienced India and Nepal, Vietnam will seem like a breeze and you'll fear nothing!

13. Posted by Falukozi (Budding Member 56 posts) 5y

thank you:)

we were thinking bicycles, thought it would be a great way to see everything.

given the last few posts I think I have a lot of blogs to read and probably at the end of the day we will get there and decide what to do at that point. if you have any suggestions on where to get a bike from while there tho that would be awesome, just in case we do end up with that option.
I appreciate the non - negative answer it seems every time I turn around somebody else is telling me 2 girls should not travel alone to this place or to that one or that everywhere is not safe. That being said it is nice to have the warnings so you can be prepared and aware of what you are getting into.

best thing anybody ever told me was this ... Jumping out of an airplane is fine, just make sure you are wearing a para shoot :D

14. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 5y

I'm simply trying to save a few lives here. In Vietnam, bus drivers, truck drivers, cab drivers all think nothing of driving down the highway while sleepy or intoxicated. Drivers think nothing of cutting in and out of traffic to pass with a few inches of clearance. I suggest you search and learn about highway safety in Vietnam before you proceed.

15. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 5y

Tracy,
I agree with Johnny. My advice was decide once you have been on some buses, vans or taxis. Take a look at the roads and how the VN drivers motor down them. Once you have seen the chaos on most VN roads, I think you will vote to not try it on bicycles. One wrong move or one driver not paying attention and you can pay with your life. Yes, buses and trains maybe boring, but you are much more likely to come home safe and sound. Good luck with your planning.

16. Posted by kichikacha (Respected Member 328 posts) 5y

Hello!

I cycled two years around the world. I can tell you if there is one place where I would strongly discourage people cycling is the one that you are planning. The norther-southern highway is a dirty and extremely dangerous (traffic) road to cycle. And not fun at all. And vietnamese.... well, they are not necessarily the friendliest always. I had a lot of problem with them.
I would also skip cycling in Cambodia.

If you want to cycle - I recommend Laos (although food can be scarce, so be self-reliant), Thailand (easy on the flat parts, quite steep on the hills), Malaysia (along the railway) is nice. And there is China: which is the cyclist's dream!

South-east asia and China are totally safe for female travellers, especially if you are cyclist...
I met a lot of crazy and cool girls like yourselves.

Have a great trip!

17. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 5y

You might be interested to read Catfish and Mandala by Andrew X Pham - he cycled around Vietnam. It's a good read and might provide a useful insight into what you are planning to do.

18. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 5y

Quoting bex76

You might be interested to read Catfish and Mandala by Andrew X Pham - he cycled around Vietnam. It's a good read and might provide a useful insight into what you are planning to do.

Good recommendation thanks for that, but I can hear the nay sayers now, "yes but his skin is yellow, of course he can ride in Vietnam, but your skin is white, you can't possibly do it"

19. Posted by malmn (Full Member 45 posts) 5y

I'm sure it's fun but Vietnamese roads are very dangerous. I drove a motorbike there and I never felt safe.

20. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 5y

Bus mows down three bikes, killing four
Last updated: 3/2/2011 15:05

Four people died instantly and two others were critically injured when a bus crashed into three motorbikes in the central province of Ha Tinh Tuesday.

Witnesses said the southbound bus hit the bikes which were running in the same direction on the National Way 1A in Ky Anh District.

Initial investigations showed that the bus driver, whose identity wasn’t revealed, was driving at such a high speed that he was not able to control the vehicle.

He is currently being in custody for further investigation, local police said.

Reported by Truong Hoa - Hien Cu