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Old 04-07-2008, 07:16 AM   #1
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Eek Easter Mekong Tour, Vietnam

Hello everybody, this is my first trip report.

I've been working in Ho Chi Minh City aka Saigon, Vietnam for the last year and 4 months.

A while back I bought a Chinese made 125cc road bike - actually 125cc is big for Vietnam. The most common motorbike is the 97cc Honda Wave. Up until quite recently, bikes over 175cc were illegal. They are now legal again, but with almost 100% import duty, they are (i) hard to find (ii) double the price of anywhere else. I learned to ride a bike in Vietnam. At home in Australia about 10 years ago, I got a motorcycle learners permit and had a few lessons, but I never got around to getting a bike license. I day rented a bike elsewhere in Asia (sans license) a few times, but it was only when I arrived here, that I got a Vietnamese motorbike license. The Vietnamese transferred my overseas car license straight over, but I had to do a practial test for the bike.

Everybody in Vietnam rides bikes, I would guess that 90% of the vehicles on the road are motorbikes.

They are used to transport all sorts of stuff:

Like a bit of pottery :
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