Vietnam is in mainland Southeast Asia and has over 90 million people.
Motorbike riders could be over 50 million and most ride small scooters that has hair trigger acceleration. A manual bike is much better as it gives you power options and better suspension as well as braking system.
Below are a few rules on how to use a motorbike on the Vietman roads:
1. Larger vehicles have right of way. Avoid anything bigger than you and slow down.
2. Traffic is like a river, you have to flow in it. Riders will find a way to move forward.
3. Use signal and the most important thing is the horn. People don’t care about the noise of horns.
4. Speed limit in Vietnam is very low (25-80km/h). Don’t break the speed limit, a speeding ticket is expensive. On our tours, average speed is about 40km/h.
5. Animals are everywhere in the country or mountain roads. Dogs and chickens are the most then come water buffaloes, cows, pigs and horses etc. If you kill a dog or a chicken don’t stop, cry and feel sorry, it’s not your fault. Slow down when you spot these animals and don’t hit water buffaloes, cows, pigs and horses, simply they are too big!
6. Space between you and other riders (local people, guide etc.) should be far enough in order to have no surprise. In cities or crowded roads, the traffic is usually slow. On wide open roads or in the mountains, we suggest 10-20m. Don’t ever ride alongside your guide because he has lots of work to do.
7. Be careful with split oil from trucks and buses at curves on the mountain roads, extremely slippery and we have had at least four small accidents related to this matter.
8. Buy a good road book (Vietnam Atlas) and do the timing and routing before you start a ride. If you get lost, ask more than two people as they may use different mileage unit or even direction.
9. If the police stop you (this rarely happens), just keep talking English or whatever you want and they’ll soon give up and let you go in less than five minutes.
10. If the road is wet, use both brakes at the same time with more back brake as if you apply more front brake it slips. Most of our bikes have front disc brakes and on 250cc dirt bikes you have front and back disc brakes.
11. Do not drink and drive.