Riding in Vietnam

Tips for how to ride a motorbike in Vietnam

  • It would be not safe if you ride pooly and have no riding experience before. Safety must be your primary concern.
  • Wearing a helmet when riding a motorbike is the law in Vietnam, make sure you get a standard helmet.
  • Ride on the right hand sight.
  • Bigger vehicles have right; you better give way to them, it doesn’t take anything
  • Do not ride when you are tired or sleepy.
  • Use the horn when you want to get over someone or notice the other direction vehicles, people won’t be annoyed.
  • Ride slowly and confidently; look carefully and use signal light when you want to turn into side street or change direction.
  • Keep distance when riding behind big vehicles.
  • Ride slow when passing a school or a market.
  • Respect the locals and their distintive culture. If someone (especialy kids) wave at you, please smile and wave back, they would be happy.
  • Be careful with the animals both sides of the road.
  • Maximum 2 people on a bike.
  • If there is a problem, assume that you are the one who is most likely in the wrong.
  • Unless you crash or do something stupid the police will take no interest in you.
  • Last but not the least: never drink when you ride

Happy and safe travels