FAQ VIET NAM
This only applies to self-riders. If you are sitting on the back with a driver – there’s nothing to worry about.
We require all self-riders to have a motorbike license from their own country with solid riding experience. In addition you also need to have a International Drivers Permit, with A class. We test all our riders before the tour and our tour leader will make the final decision whether to let you ride or not as it is their job to get you home safely. We take no responsibility for your legal or insurance position riding here in Vietnam so please make your own inquiries.
Please note that Vietnam is a developing country and it can be difficult to find good-quality clothes in Western sizes. While locally made products are cheap, the quality is often poor. Here are some suggestions:
– Clothing: long pants, long-sleeved shirt, light rain jacket, (riding) boots or sneakers and sunglasses or goggles.
– Personal items: camera, travel towel and sunscreen.
– Emergency items: emergency contact numbers, a list of medical conditions and list of medications.
As of January 2019, regular passport holders from 24 COUNTRIES below DO NOT need a tourist visa for Vietnam, if they stay less than 15 days. More info here: https://vietnamembassy-thailand.org/which-countries-are-exempt-from-vietnam-visa/
This is the official website to obtain a visa-on-arrival, if you would like to stay longer:
If you are new to travel in Vietnam or Sri Lanka or if you find the visa process daunting, Hoi An Motorbike Adventures can assist you in getting a visa on arrival. Hoi An Motorbike Adventures is a reputable business and can supply you with a letter of approval on request.
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It’s essential to have strong footwear for the tour to protect your feet while driving. Trekking shoes or leather boots are perfect. No driving in open-toed shoes is permitted.
For longer tours we provide you with spacious saddle bags that can carry a large amount of belongings. It’s also possible to strap a further bag or rucksack onto the bike rack if required. However, we do recommend you pack sensibly and consider each item carefully – don’t over pack. When you book the tour you will be given a list of suggested items to bring along.
Any other luggage may be left safely in storage at your hotel or in our office until you return. We also offer free transfers of your big luggage if you book a tour from Hoi An to Hue or vice versa.
For our longer tours we offer a support van free of charge if the group size is 8 or more riders.
All our tours are open for others to join in, unless you have booked a private tour.
The minimum size for us to be able to organise a tour is 2 people. We generally like to keep the groups to about 6 motorbikes or about 10 people. This is a comfortable number of men and machines for a tour leader to handle and to ensure each person gets the attention they deserve. Safety is our main concern and as you can imagine bikes can start to get strung out over quite a large distance if there are too many, reducing the tour leader’s ability to keep everyone in his or her field of vision.
HAMA can/has and will gladly organise tours for larger groups if necessary. If the group size starts to become too large we will either include a second tour leader or third who will float around the pack to help look after peoples’ safety and to answer any questions they may have.
Of course it is! One of the great things about any tour of this kind are the friendships you will form with not only the tour leader, but also the other adventurous souls out there with you. When possible, we try to link individuals together. The more advance warning, the better.
On average, we will be on the bike for 50% of the day. The rest of the time is used for drink stops, meal breaks, and photo-ops.
This only applies to self-riders on our motorbike tours.
We take great care of our motorbikes. If you damage them on tour, we need to fix them. We take a security deposit between 1.000.000 VND and 10.000.000 VND, depending on the trip you take, to cover damage to the bike while it is in your possession on the tour. If the damage exceeds this amount you are responsible for it. We are in the business of ensuring your adventure is exciting and memorable. We are not in the business of overcharging or trying to take your money for damage. We are honest and fair and simply want to keep our bikes in the condition in which you received them.
Accidents and incidents on our tour are rare, though when they occur you are responsible for covering the cost to fix the bikes, up to and including full replacement value in the rare (really, rare) event of a write-off. Depending on the bike you choose you are looking at 1,500 USD for a Minsk (as they are becoming rare), 2,000 USD for a scooter, and 3,500 USD for a dirt bike. We do our best to take great care of you on tour, though we cannot ride the bike for you. So if in doubt, grab a driver and enjoy the ride from the best seat in the house!
We also offer comprehensive motorcycle damage insurance for 15 USD per bike per day.
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All our motorbike tours start from our office (Nguyen Chi Thanh St, Trang Keo hamlet, Cam Ha Commune, Hoi An city, Quang Nam, Viet Nam). For private tours and our jeep tours we will pick you up from your hotel. We also pick you up from your hotel for our early morning My Son tour.
We ask for a deposit of 25% -30% of the tour costs in order to confirm your booking(s). We will provide you with the necessary bank account details to transfer this deposit once a ride has been agreed upon.
Our booking conditions can be found here.
You can pay via bank transfer into our bank account in Vietnam before the tour, online per PayPal or in cash in VND, USD, EUR or AUD at our office in Hoi An. We also offer credit card payment at our office.
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In terms of costs we cover everything except telephone calls, tips, souvenirs, alcoholic drinks and personal medical insurance. It is always advisable to carry at least a couple hundred thousand VND on your person as you never know when you might need it.
Licensing in Vietnam is extremely complex. Whilst Vietnam is a signatory to the convention recognising international licences, the local law requires the licence to be in Vietnamese or the licence holder hold a local licence (which is essentially impossible for a tourist to get.) Word is getting around about the convention however a several automobile associations are starting to list Vietnam as a country recognising the licences. That said, it doesn’t necessarily mean the local police will accept your international licence. So, we recommend you ride safely and don’t have an accident! We recommend you make your own enquiries regarding insurance and licensing here. There are insurers will insure you riding in Vietnam and also those who will insure you as long as you have a motorbike licence at home. We are not licensing or insurance experts and don’t pretend to be. You need to be happy with your own situation.
If it all sounds too hard – jump in a jeep or grab a driver!
If you have never ridden a motorbike before, Vietnam is probably not the place where you want to learn to ride. The roads and traffic conditions are chaotic. When you are on the back of a bike, you can relax and see more of the scenery. We highly recommend that you ride on the back of the guide’s bike or jump in a jeep if you have no experience at all. You really won’t enjoy trying to keep a motorbike upright while trying to take in the scenery.