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Offroad Vietnam Motorbike Adventures – General Vietnam Motorbike Rental Inquires

Vietnam Motorbike Rental Inquires Reply

Below you can find a standard reply to common Vietnam motorbike rental inquires. In case you need more details please contact us.


Thank you for contacting us.

Bike rental conditions

Offroad Vietnam has only one office in Hanoi and below are our bike hire conditions:

– Collect and return to Hanoi. Sadly, we currently don’t hire one-way or in any place rather than Hanoi. In case you are looking to retrace Top Gear route, just consider buying a bike or try a semi-guided motorbike tour.

– Only for intermediate and experienced riders who know mechanical basics.

– 50% rental money paid before collecting bike(s) and 50% balance upon collection. If you don’t pay a deposit, we are not able to hold the bikes. Therefore, when you show up we may not have any bikes or type of bikes that you wanted to hire.

– You do your own timing and routing of your unguided trip, at least know the area you wanted to ride. You’d better stick with the main roads or you may get lost or the local authorities don’t like to see you in remote areas without a guide.

– Free advice, maps, phrase book, bike trouble shooter, and tips are available when you pick up the bike(s) from our Hanoi office. In fact, we share our passion for this truly amazing country. Even a flat tire will give you a chance to have many more new friends and some clients were sad because they had no flat tire!

Bike models and prices

For the current type of bikes and prices please find below. In reality, bigger bikes are always better with power and suspension. However, newer bikes are more reliable. All bikes come with electric starters.
01. Honda CGL125 2014: 15$US/bike/day
02. Honda XR125/150L 2013-2015: 25$US/bike/day
03. Honda XR150L 2016: 25$US/bike/day
04. Honda XR250 1998-2005: 35$US/bike/day

Riding gear is available at 5$US/person/day. A typical set includes an HJC 3/4 helmet, a pair of Scoyco fingerless gloves and knee and elbow protection pads which you can see at this link. In reality, it’s always best to take your own gear for the quality and size.

Driving license

First, none of the foreign licenses is valid in Vietnam, including your country license. There are conflicting reports about this but the reality is unfortunately not a good news.

However, the good news is IDP (international driving permit, 1968 Convention and not the 1949 Convention) is now valid in Vietnam from August 1st, 2016 with the 46/2016/ND-CP decree. You can purchase an insurance policy easily when you have a 1968 IDP. If you have 1968 Convention IDP, please also bring your home country driving license with motorbike endorsement.

In case you have no IDP or Vietnamese driving license, the police rarely stop you checking license unless you do something wrong. It’s more to do with personal medical insurance.

You can’t get a Vietnamese license with a tourist visa. In case you have a business visa, you need a company to sponsor you and wait 7-10 days after you arrive in Vietnam to do paperwork. This means nearly impossible to get a local license and therefore you can’t buy any insurance in Vietnam unless you have a valid IDP. Luckily, you can buy a personal medical insurance policy from companies like Allianz, CHI or World Nomads…They only request your country driving license. We don’t need a license to join our tours or hire our bikes.

Even Vietnam doesn’t recognize any foreign license (except IDP) but take it easy you will be ok.

For more information about preparing your unguided trip, please follow this link.

If you have more questions or are not clear with any detail in this reply to your Vietnam motorbike rental inquires please get back to us anytime via email, Yahoo Messenger or Skype or phone.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.


Anh Wu,
Sales Manager.

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  1. Marcellus Reply

    Hello offroadvietnam,

    I would like two rent a Honda CGL125’s for a month trip to Ha Giang. I plan on coming to Vietnam in March 2020.

    Can you give me the total cost of rental for a month and the deposit and how much would it be to reserve?

    I think this bike would be perfect for riding in Vietnam as it is a simple, no nonsense bike.

    What is your opinion?

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Hello Marcellus,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      You need to collect and return the bike in our Hanoi office because we have no office anywhere in Vietnam. The price to rent it for a month is 300$US (discounted rate).

      We require 50% deposit now and the rest 50% you pay when you collect the bike. This policy applies for a booking made long ahead only.

  2. bryan millington Reply

    Hi, we would like to hire 2x CRF 250 bikes for 15 days anytime between 25th June and 18th July 2019. We are very experienced riders from Australia. Please work out your best price. Thanks, Bryan.

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Dear Bryan. Please check your email for our detailed reply. Let us know your thoughts after you read it. Thanks.

  3. alessandro Reply


    Do you have offroad moto (at least 250cc) available to rent from the 26/27th of April until the 3rd of May?

    Best regards.

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Hello Alessandro,

      Yes, we do have some Honda CRF250L dual enduro at the moment. To make sure you have bikes when you come, we would like to have bikes booked and paid for before they are not available. If you wait until you arrive in Hanoi then there is no guarantee that the bikes you want are available and we usually have our bikes booked up most of the time. We will send instructions if you agree to proceed. You can pay with credit cards online, Western Union cash transfer or even a traditional bank transfer.

      • alessandro Reply

        How do we proceed for the reservation? Do you have 450cc available also?

        • Anh Wu Reply

          Please check your email for more details. Thanks.

  4. Michael Farrell Reply

    Visiting Hanoi and wishing to rent 2 Honda CRF250L’s for my friend and I. We are travelling to Ninh Binh. We wish to book for 2 days. Pick up early Thursday April 12th and return early Saturday 14th.

    Please let me know how to proceed. We have read the policies and your reviews and are quite happy.

    Mike F.

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Sorry, all of our Honda CRF250s are booked until April 14th and therefore we are not able to provide any bike until then. You can check your email we sent with other options.

  5. Jamie Reply

    Looking at renting 5 xr250 for 6 days beginning of October with a guide can you please message me back if possible and details eg price deposit etc.

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Dear Jamie. We have Honda dirt bike 2003-2006 XR250 250cc for 35$US/day/bike and the newer
      Honda dirt bike 2015-2017 CRF250L for 50$US/day/bike. In addition to bike rental costs, if you can have a Vietnamese/English speaking local who is a guide, a mechanic and a translator. He also takes care of the routes and helps with food and hotel arrangement. He’s a real bonus to the whole experience. His salary + his bike is 100$US/day and this cost will be shared among riders in your group. You pay him fuel, accommodation, and food during the trip.

  6. Jørgen Purup Reply

    We are two guys (60+) who would like to tour Northern Vietnam from March 14 to 22, 2018 and need bikes and advice, and maybe guidance. I have been to Vietnam before and have some experience (but do not speak your language). Would we be able to rent the 250 cc Honda’s by you? More discussions on details once we have contact.
    Best regards

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Dear Mr Jørgen. Please check your email for a detailed reply. It’s just tô long to reply here 🙂

  7. David Broome Reply

    Hi from Sydney Australia.
    My son and I are looking at hiring 2 off-road bikes (XR250) from February 18 to March 8, 2018. We would like to be independent however me being a father I am happy to pay for a guide to come with us. We are both experienced riders and my son likes to adventure to out of the way places. We would like to head up the mountains to Sapa then across the top of Vietnam (Ha Giang) around the Chinese Border back to the coast. We have already booked flights and arrive in Hanoi on Saturday, February 17. Have you bikes available and a guide that will come with us? Looking forward to your reply.

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Dear David,

      We have two bikes available, but the dates are from February 21st to March 6th (XR250) or March 8th (XR150). The reason is Vietnamese New Year (Tet) and we are closed until February 20th. Therefore, nothing is possible until February 21st.

      On a semi-guided trip, in addition to bike rental costs (35$US/day for XR250 or 25$US for XR150) you have a Vietnamese local who is an English-speaking guide, a mechanic and a translator. He also takes care of the routes and helps with food and hotel arrangement if you request. He’s a real bonus to the whole experience. His salary + his bike is 100$US/day and this cost will be shared between riders in your group. You pay him fuel, accommodation and food during the trip.

      Is this okay for you?

  8. Kenneth Norman Reply

    Hello, planning to arrive in Ho Chi Minh city July 5-12. I’d like to arrange the rental. Of two XR 250 bikes.

    Regards David

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Dear David. We are based in Hanoi, Northern Vietnam and sadly couldn’t rent motorbikes in HCMC. Just do some research and contact companies down there, we don’t know anyone who rents this bike in HCMC.

  9. Siddhant Ghalla Reply

    I am looking to hire three vehicles – two scooters/mopeds and one trail bike for 4 days, from 25th July 2017 night to 29th July 2017 morning. I would like to know the availability and costs for the same.

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Dear Siddhant Ghalla. Our office hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday. Sadly, you couldn’t collect bikes later than 5pm on July 25th. The prices are 10$US/day for each semi-automatic scooter and 25/35$US per day for 150/250cc each dirt bike respectively. A booking with a pre-paid payment is required to rent our bikes.

  10. Kevin Reply

    Are there any CGL125’s available for rent next week? I’ll be wanting it for one week on April 26, or 27 if that makes a difference in availability. Just one bike for one person. I’ve been driving in Vietnam for a little over a year.

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Hello Kevin. yes, we currently have one bike available for you. If you are in Hanoi just drop by and pay for the rental between 9am and 5pm everyday (except Sunday). Do you have any safety riding gear?

      • Kevin Reply

        Great. I’ll be flying from HCMC so I’ll need a helmet.

        • Anh Wu Reply

          Kevin, you could come between 9am and 12.30pm and 2pm to 5.30pm to collect the bike. Which date (26 or 27) do you collect? Our office details are at this link. Call me on 0913047509 if you have any problem finding us. Do you have a Vietnamese mobile number? Have a great weekend.

  11. Joana Reply

    We are Portuguese and we are thinking rent a bike for a 16 days in Vietnam.
    this is possible? what do you recommend?
    we will travel through Ho Chi Minh.

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Hello Joana. We are based in Hanoi only and unfortunately haven’t provided one-way motorbike hire yet. There are some companies who offer one-way rentals but sadly they don’t use same quality or bikes like our fleet so unfortunately we can’t recommend. You could easily find them through Google. Let us know if we could assist you in any other way.

  12. Florian Reply

    Hi, could you please email me if you have 4 bikes available for rent (which ones would be available and at what cost) from the 28th of August (this week) to the 4th of September? Thank you, regards, Florian

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Hello Florian. We have two of Honda CGL125 (15$US/day/bike) only and the dirt bikes (XR125 – 25$US/bike/day or XR250 – 35$US/day/bike) are enough for your group. We will need a deposit to book the bikes (you send through a Vietnamese bank which is cheap and costs only 50 cents). Please advise your thoughts.

  13. Jacob Reply

    Hello there!

    I would like to ask you for a recommendation regarding which motorbike I should rent.

    My only experience with motorbikes is from 2 years ago, when I first sat on a motorbike in Hanoi 🙂
    I was using Honda Wave for a few days and then I bought Chinese Honda Win which was rebuilt into semi-automatic which I then rode up north through Ba Be and Ban Gioc, etc.

    So considering this limited experience, which motorbike from your offer would you recommend to me?
    I would like to share the bike with my girlfriend plus some luggage of course and would like to ride to Sapa, Ha Giang, etc, and also Central Vietnam.

    Thank you 😉

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Hello Jake. You probably noticed that Vietnam is one of the most dangerous places on earth for motorbiking. Around 27 people die on the road every day and most are motorbike riders.

      If you hire a bike, we only deliver and collect it in Hanoi, sadly no one-way rental available.

      About buying a bike, whatever bike you buy stay away from the Chinese copies (like Win). A decent used semi-automatic Honda Wave costs 400-800$US and an used manual clutch Japanese 125cc touring bike costs 500-2,000$US. Our current bikes for sale are Honda XR250 Baja dirt bike from 1,500$US to 2,500$US each depending on conditions. However, with your experience plus a girlfriend and bags we don’t really recommend you to ride this 250cc bike. We put safety on top of everything. You can try bikes and decide for yourself.

      Good luck.

      • Jakub Reply

        Thanks for the quick reply and sorry for not clarifying my request more.

        I would ofcourse return back to Hanoi after the trip, so that’s why I am asking about the rental.
        Would the Honda CGL125 be strong enough for us?

        • Anh Wu Reply

          Yes, a Honda CGL125 is good enough. But they were all booked up until mid-July. What’s your dates?

          • Jakub

            I am arriving beginning of August 😉

          • Anh Wu

            That would be okay. What’s your dates please? How long do you need the bike for?

  14. Per Christian Munkhaug Reply

    Do you have 125 cc (3 pcs) for rental tomorrow, Wednesday, evening?
    Can you deliver at International airport and we return at Your Office in Hanoi city on Saturday? (3 days rental)
    What will the price be?
    Thank you.

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Hello Per. Unfortunately we were booked up. Our bikes are rarely available if you book at a short notice like this. Maybe next time and at a much earlier notice.

  15. Paul Reply

    4 of us Auzzies are planning a trip to Hanoi starting from about 27th of March 2015. I was hoping you would have 4 x super cub 50 for hire for a few weeks. Please can you let me know. Also What is the cost
    Thanks Paul

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Hello Paul. Unfortunately we were booked up for the dates you provided. Unfortunately, we usually can’t accommodate any booking in such a short notice. In addition, we don’t use small bikes for long trip, they just don’t work out well enough.

  16. Colleen Hilton Reply


    I have a client who is looking to self drive / ride in Vietnam but looking for a 250 / 350cc road bike as opposed to off road. Can you please advise if you have. Also looking to hire in Ho Chi Minh and drop in Hanoi.
    Please let me know appoximate costs and if can be done. Also will there be a one way fee.



    • Anh Wu Reply

      Hello Colleen. Unfortunately, we don’t have any road bike larger than 125cc at the moment. In addition, we have only one office in Hanoi and are not able to offer one-way rental.Therefore, with much regret we are sorry we can’t accommodate your customer’s inquiry. Thanks.

  17. Paul Maile Reply

    I’m looking at renting a bike (125cc) for 3 week to go from Hanoi south to HCMC and back to Hanoi, I don’t have a full motorcycle license but can ride a 125cc on my car license in the UK, I have a lot of bike experience having raced moto-x for more than 10 years at expert level, so i’m fine with bike control. I want to do the trip unguided but would like to know a few things – do I have to leave my passport with you? also if i have an international driver’s license would this be ok for me to ride a honda xr125l?

    Many thanks,


    • Anh Wu Reply

      Hello Paul. You can hire a new Honda XR125L dirt bike to ride from Hanoi to HCMC and return. The cost of rental, including a tool kit and spare parts plus mechanical support is 25$US/day. We don’t keep your passport but your U.K license because no foreign license is fully valid in Vietnam. You can’t get a local license with a tourist visa. Even you have a business visa, you need 7-10 days after you arrive to have a local license with lots of paperwork. We don’t require a motorbike driving license to hire a bike but check with your insurance company if they accept your country license. Let us know if you still have more questions.

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