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I have done a search on this, because i know it has been done before and have emailed a few companies trying to get quotes, a couple have responded and state that they only do tours now.
So does anybody have any upto date information on bike hire
I am trying to rent a bike for a 3 week trip around the north of Vietnam.
Could anyone please point me in the right direction of a company that rents out bikes (any size, model not bothered) for reasonable money, It was my understanding you could rent a bike for a few dollars a day and not the $20/30 as some comanies quote.
I am not sure about north Vietnam but in the south you can hire a Honda 125 for about $5 a day, they do require your passport as security but I am sure something else can be arranged. take your own helmet and other riding gear, what you get out there is crap.
I went to Hanoi last April.
It is very easy to find Honda Wave to rent for 50 us$ a month, but at this price they don't allow you to travel around north Vietnam (Sapa...) because the bikes are in poor condition. Finally, after one day of research we found a motorbike rental who accept the idea of riding motorbike in the mountain. We paid to change two tires and a complete checking (oil, brake...)(and it was very cheap 15 us$) and we paid 5us$ a day. We rode 2000 km in 3 weeks with absolutely no problems.. The road between Dien Bien Phu and Sapa is under construction so....it is not very pleasant. I Will try to find the name of the rental...Take it easy.
the two main Minsk-Shops on Luong Ngoc Quyen rent out for around 10 $ a day. You could also ask Indochina Travel, met a guy who was able to rent a big bike there. As for the small ones, don't worry, they are everywhere.
Back in 2005 or 2006, Cuong was only renting Minsk 125 cc or SYM 50 cc scooters. Not surprised choice is wider now as it has been a good place to rent from. I did rent a Minsk then and had a trouble free 10 days ride in Northern Viet Nam. Meet a guy who did a 3 month tour of South East Asia on the VN registed bike with no problem either. Price was 5 USD a day back then plus 1 USD a day for the local helmet.
Enjoy Viet Nam. Luc
Simon, I have just arranged to rent 2 bikes from flamingo travel in Hanoi: (www.flamingotravel.com.vn)
2 YBR 125cc for 20USD per day each. They respond to emails quickly and seem very helpful.
I think they also have an office in HCMC.
When are you getting there? We will do the north too!
Cuong's Motorbike Adventure rents out new Honda WH 125cc for 18$US per day. They can arrange shipment back via train from Ho Chi Minh City if you want to make the one way trip. You can leave a deposit in hanoi and collect the deposit from Cuong's brother in HCMC when you return the bike. You will need your passport while you travel, so you have to leave cash if you make the trip to HCMC, Photo copy of passport will work at hotels if you are just traveling in the north.
The best riding is in the north of Vietnam, 10-14 days is a good ride and take you along the border with China and Laos. Hanoi to HCMC 14 days, that includes a few days at the beach along the way.
Cuong also has 2013 CRF 250cc and Classic Russian Urals 650cc with and without side cars, but they are only available to use on guided tours, a mechanic is a must with those beast.
The guy's name is Danny, but it's his wonderful Vietnamese wife Thu who does all the work.
Their address is
[From them] Our address is 21 Yen Thai street. It's in the old quarter and there're many hotels or hostels around. all within walking distance. You can check out this hotel which is almost next to us.l
[From them] This is to confirm that we will have 2 Honda Wave Alpha for your trip. This bike is US$45 a month. 2 bikes will be US$90. We will keep (01) original passport OR US$500 in cash as the deposit; which is 100% refundable at the end of the rental.
We actually left £300 in cash, and kept our 2 passports.
They are great to deal with, very flexible
Getting out of Hanoi city centre will be a nightmare, so we opted for this.
[From them] We have a service where we will guide you out of town to the highway but we charge US$10 for that. If not, my staff can always show you on the map how to get there. It's a bit zig zag when you're in town but once you hit the highway to Hai Phong, the road is just straight and it's an easy drive.
So to get out of Hanoi city centre, we just gave the $10
We rode out to Hai Phong, and took the ferry to Cat Ba island, where we stayed a few days, also taking in the awesome monoliths sticking up from the water.
After 3-4 days on Cat Ba, we took the ferry back to Hai Phong, and continued our southward riding,
then over the stunning Hai Van Pass,
then finally Saigon.
When we arrived at Saigon, the next day, we went to the train station "Ga Saigon" and handed our bikes in to the freighters there.
They siphoned out the petrol, and took the mirrors off, putting them in the under seat storage.
The bikes were $35 each, to freight back to Hanoi, and takes 4 days.
So we had a few days in Saigon, to check the place out, before we took the train, also back to Hanoi.
A day after we arrived, we went back to the train station in Hanoi, to pick our two bikes up.
They were well protected, with toilet tissue on the mudguards, and the rest wrapped in cardboard, before being put in a wooden frame.
Not photo's of Hanoi downtown, as it was to hectic.
On the way out of Hanoi, we passed the Hanoi Opera House
The roads once out of Hanoi, and on the road to Hai Phong, were very easy.
When we arrived at the Hai Phong to Cat Ba ferry terminal, we bought 2 x bike and person tickets, I seem to remember they were about $6 for each rider plus bike.
Simply just ride onto the ferry.
The ferry took about 1 hour.
Hai Long Bay
Hai Long Bay
Honda power is every where
Some good views, but it does rain and drizzle the higher up you go.
Hai Van Pass
Miles of empty road over the mountain, as there is a new tunnel which takes 90% of the traffic.
Some of the roads, weren't actually roads any more.
Just so many beaches, and not a soul on them.
We stayed here a couple of days, at just $10 a night it was just so cheap with internet, right on the beach.
Beaches are all the way down, and the more south one gets, the warmer the water.
A few old Jeeps knocking about, but this one looks like it had been fully fixed up again.
As you might expect, fish is a very popular food, with thousands of fishing boats.
Arrived at Ga Saigon, and giving our bikes to the freighters, who do all the wrapping etc.
Our tickets back from Saigon to Hanoi.
Now without our bikes, we took in some tours.
This is down the Mekong.
Fruit markets on the Mekong
Making rice noodles
Bamboo bridge over a small tributary of the Mekong
Ga Saigon (Train station)
Train trip back to Hanoi, 2 nights and 1 day
Recommend it to every one.
We took a month, and didn't ride every day.
Generally we found hotels easy to get at the end of our riding day, and we set ourselves a target of no more than $10 for the night.
We bought a copy of a honda wave 110 and a beat up 125 yamaha Nouvo for $500 from 2 other backpackers. Oil changes and a few things on the way.
The Nouvo made it the whole way from Hanoi to HCMC only needing a new battery. The Wave blew up on me 2 times in one day. I let it cool then rode 400 km the next day... and another 2oo before it finally froze for the last time. $140 and 4 hours got me an amazing rebuilt motor. this guy honed the piston, redid the clutch, split the cases to replace the bearing. He even had the crank apart to put in the new rod/piston. Then balanced the crank to make sure it was straight after he pressed it back together. We were quite impressed.
Unfortunately, My friend only had 2 weeks and a flight out of HCMC. So We didn't have much time in the north. All I know, is VN is amazing. Its crazy and you will almost die many times from buses passing trucks in the mountains. Don't ride the coast rode if you decide to go south. You will make better time in the Ho Chi Minh Highway or paralel roads.
I'll return to do the north some time soon.
Also, sitting on a scooter for 400 km in one day is horrible. Take a month. See the whole country. Try and buy a bike from an expat if you end up buying.
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