Travelling is always one of the very first choices for relaxing, especially with the youth. With typical desirability, they prefer following their own path so there are many different ways to get their destination. And here in Vietnam, young people usually come up with two options: with or without a motorbike. Let’s take a look at their reasons. What is good, what is not better than?
Vietnam With motorbike
Motorbike is the most popular transportation for both daily traveling and domestic trips in Vietnam. Thanks to its convenience, people can reach their location easily without spending a lot of time walking. And travelers can fully enjoy their freedom like where to go, how to go, which food to eat, where to sleep. They do not need to worry about the tour guide’s pushing or going to places they don’t like. Especially traveling by motorbike will have travelers moved a lot, it helps a lot in discovering the unique landscapes and untouched places.
The discovery of new lands on motorbikes also gives travelers lots of interesting and unique experiences. Some of them may see their once-in-life moment which shows the beauty of life. And driving is an addicting feeling with many bikers. A new horizon, so different from what we face every day, always appears in front of our eyes. That’s why a motorbike is chosen to be an unreplaceable partner.
You should always consider these 2 items before you go around with bike in Vietnam:
- The first thing you need to consider is the traffic system. It is quite a task to conquer the rugged routes in the countryside or go through cramped alleys. We highly recommend you to read about the new Vietnam road rules before your final decision.
- Weather is another issue when you want to travel by bike in Vietnam. The weather belongs to the 3 main regions of Vietnam are quite different. The North has four distinct seasons, but the climate is somewhat harsher than the South. Let’s take a look at the weather condition in different parts.
Short-trip Suggestions with Motorbike in Vietnam
Danang to Hue:
Danang is only about 100km from Hue city and is delimited by the majestic Hai Van pass. With this distance, it only takes you 2-3 hours to travel by motorbike. Make sure your motorbike is always ready for the trip with full gasoline and some in-need tools.
Danang to Hoi an:
The distance from Da Nang to Hoi An is about 30Km long, in the South. Currently, from Da Nang to Hoi An there are 4 most popular routes.
– Route 1: Follow Truong Sa to Vo Nguyen Giap / Lac Long Quan and turn to Hoi An City.
– Route 2: Follow Vo Chi Cong Street via Lac Long Quan / Vo Nguyen Giap and turn to Hoi An City.
– Route 3: Take Highway 1A to the South for about 27km to Vinh Dien Street and turn left along Huynh Thuc Khang Street to Hoi An City.
– Route 4: Follow Le Van Hien, then along the provincial road of Da Nang – Hoi An, to Hoi An about 30km.
Ta Nang – Phan Dung
This route is a beautiful place that many Southern people cannot miss. This road has a length of more than 50 km, high from 500m – 1100m above sea level and spread over 3 provinces of Lam Dong – Ninh Thuan – Binh Thuan. Trekking is an indispensable part of this trip, especially in March and April, it is best to discover the forest nearby.
South Central coastal road such as: From Ba Ria – Vung Tau to Binh Thuan, from Binh Thuan to Quy Nhon, Road Explore Lang Biang Plateau, Trekking Road in Bu Gia Map.
Vietnam Without motorbike
Weather in Vietnam is humid and rainy. So traveling in the heat or thunderstorms is really challenging and sometimes makes them feel too tired to remember the main purpose of the trip that is to relieve stress from daily life. Besides, choosing an alternative mean of transportation like bus, car or plane instead of riding a motorbike is much better for traveler’s convenience.
However, due to the high cost and the lack of autonomy, it will make the trip have less interest. You almost entirely depend on the driver and it is difficult to take satisfactory photos along the way. It is worst of all for those who are car sick. This experience will make your trip tired and you just want to end up the trip as soon as possible.
Which Seasons Without bike?
To have a convenient and smooth trip, please always take a note about the weather, and consider the times when there are heavy storms or rains. Please remember its not a good idea to travel during these seasons as below:
- December to March – winter in Hanoi;
- September to November is rainy season in Da Nang (Central part)
- May to November in Can Tho area in the south.
The Northwest mountainous region has 4 seasons, each with its own beauty that attracts a lot of domestic and foreign tourists. For example, Hanoi in the north and Sapa in Northwest are not a good choice to go biking in winter because it is both cold and raining. However, to say which season is the best depends on how each person feels when they come to this land. While from October to December is the best season in the year to visit Sapa because it is painted beautifully with snow and winter flowers, called “ tam giác mạch”, but we highly suggest you use the public transportation due to the rainy seasons.
The Central region is always the harshest climate in Vietnam. Please always update the weather information before the trip, avoid the case of storms or rain will directly destroy it before you can decide.
However, Da Nang which is the most worth-living city in Vietnam and its neighborhoods as Hoi an, Hue, etc, the weather is pretty nice from December to August, many lively activities take place here and tourists can enjoy the fullest its vibrant life. Due to the rainy season from September to November in the central part, remember to keep tracking the weather forecast if you have a motorbike trip there.
The weather in the South is relatively stable, it’s mainly sunny. And rains only happen in waves, don’t forget to equip yourself with rain gear when traveling on this area. But if you want a smooth trip without any weather obstacles, the best time is from December to April next year to visit Can Tho. Having a motorbike trip to the Mekong River Delta is one of the best choices when you travel to this area. Lots of great things like fruitful orchards, rivers and the lifestyle here will stay in your memory forever.
If you have had time to live in Vietnam, have an understanding of the weather and terrain so conquering these roads is amazing, renting a motorbike is such an easy thing to do but having a driving license is not that easy. Click here to read about Vietnam road rules.
Once again, the thing you should keep in mind is the trip you are going to have will bring you a great experience, drag you out of your chaos life so just stay healthy to enjoy it the fullest. But having a bike trip is the experience that must be at least once in a lifetime. If you can take it, why not? Just be well-prepared for your trip and enjoy how beautiful Vietnam is.
It is amazing if you can take a South-North (or vice versus) trip by motorbike. In case you get yourself a good motorbike, it can take you about 7 days if you don’t stop at any place for too long. For the traveling fee, including gasoline, eating and staying for one way trip, it may take you from 4 to 6 million Vietnamese Dong.