Originally Posted by The Jerk
I'm in the beginning stages of researching a southeast Asia trip which will hopefully include some riding in Vietnam.
What I'd ideally like to do is find a place that will allow me to rent a bike, ride the length of Vietnam, and drop off the bike at the opposite end of the country. So far my Internet research has revealed lots of companies that do local hires but I haven't really seen anything tailored to what I'm looking to do. Does anyone have any input or recommendations? I just stumbled across the web site of Flamingo Travel
which has offices in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Anybody have any experience with them?
I have seen conflicting information on whether an international driver's license is valid in Vietnam. Anyone know for sure? I have read that you are only eligible to get a Vietnamese driver's license if you have a > 3 month visa.
My goal for this trip is to eat my way through the entirety of Vietnam.
Perhaps do what we just did.
Rent a pair of Honda's in Hanoi.
$35 US for the month each bike.
Ride out to Cat Ba Island via ferry and back a few days later.
Then once back on then mainland, take the rest of the month to ride south to Saigon.
Lots of great trails and beaches on the way.
At Saigon, put the bikes on the train back to Hanoi, I think from memory, that was about $30 US each bike, and our sleeper train tickets back was about $70 US back to Hanoi.
Collect the bikes at Hanoi station, and ride them the very short distance back to the hire shop.
Don't bother with licence, when a road side cop, starts to wave you down, as soon as he sees you are non-Vietnamese, he just waves you to carry on riding.
BUT just respect the speed limits.
In and out of every town, there is a big blue square sign, must be a good 1 meter square, actually showing you depictions of buildings, just don't be looking for trouble by continuing your "highway speed" all the way through the town.