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Offroad Vietnam Motorbike Adventures – General Vietnam Motorbike Tour Inquires

Vietnam Motorbike Tour Inquires Reply

Below you find our standard reply to Vietnam Motorbike Tour Inquires. Hopefully, you have your answers here. In case you need more details, we are happy to provide more information.


Thank you for contacting us.

Offroad Vietnam is based in Hanoi. We use only near new 125cc Honda bikes or the older but still reliable Honda XR250’s. They were made by Japanese Honda companies, not the Chinese copies. We don’t use other brands due to part availability and reliability. However, none of our bikes is really suitable for riding two up. If you ride two up the pillion passenger won’t be comfortable and not enough room for rider’s legs. This is sadly an honest advice. A standard touring motorbike for two people is from 650cc and this is very expensive in Vietnam due to 120% taxes. FYI, a new Kawasaki Versys 650cc sport adventure costs 14,000$US!!! That’s ways too much for business.

Most of the details you need to know were posted on our websites. Just follow the links in this email to pages providing the information you are looking for. We know this reply can be exhaustive but we would like things clear and straightforward before you confirm a booking. In case you already knew any detail then just skip it.

You will see the best of Vietnam, not like the norm. In reality, we ride where very few people travel. In addition, our business focuses on safety, comfort, quality of services and customers’ experience and satisfaction. We don’t offer cheap backpacker standards or lower quality of services in exchange for a discounted price. In short, we don’t just sell you an adventure but a journey of your lifetime.

Rider skill requirement

Could you let us know bit more about your dates and riding experience, please? Riding experience is very important because Vietnamese traffic is very scary. Do you ride automatic or semi-automatic or manual clutch motorbikes? In case you don’t feel confident to ride as a novice rider, there’s an option to ride pillion on the back of your partner or our tour guide.

Vietnam motorbike tour options

How many days do you want to ride? We recommend about a week and you could look this ride. It shows you the best of Northern Vietnam (roads, trails, people, culture and scenery etc.). More feedback about this loop is at this link. Moreover, if you need more reference please log on this page.

Self-guided motorbike tours (just bike hire)

2012 – 2014 semi-automatic scooter Honda Wave 110cc: 10$US/day/bike.
2014 manual sport touring Honda CGL125: 15$US/day/bike.
2013-2015 manual dirt bike Honda XR125/150L: 25$US/day/bike.
2016 manual dirt bike Honda XR150L: 25$US/day/bike.
1998-2005 dirt bike manual Honda XR250: 35$US/day/bike.

It’s best to know some mechanic basics because manual clutch bikes are not popular in Vietnam. We could quickly show you things to handle when you are on your own. You pay everything on your own while on the road.

Semi-guided Vietnam motorbike tours

On a semi-guided trip, in addition to bike rental costs above you have a Vietnamese 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 between riders in your group. You pay him fuel, accommodation, and food during the trip. If you end outside of Hanoi, there will be additional costs for shipping the bikes back and guide’s travel back to base.

Fully guided Vietnam motorbike tours

This type of tour includes almost everything like bikes, a tour guide, food, accommodation, tickets, and permits etc. In fact, all you pay is just drinks.

Most of our tours are private and only some are open to more riders. Updates are posted here. If there is no tour for your dates, it’s possible to start a new trip and we advertise to get more riders if possible.

For the cost, please follow this link. More people come you pay less. Bike upgrades are available.

Below we will cover more details of what you need to know when motorbiking in Vietnam. Many motorbike tour operators may not make it clear but we would like you to know these details before you decide. We have been providing professional motorbike adventures since late 2006.

Weather and climate

There are no best times to ride a motorbike in Vietnam as our country has an extremely long longitude spanning different climatic conditions at once. Vietnam also consists of four seasons, the winter isn’t too cold or the summer too hot. The autumn is sometimes heavy with rain but usually, it will only rain for 1 or 2 hours, then the wonderful blue sky will appear again. In the spring, mist covers the mountain tops, and even though there is cool weather it is one of the most spectacular times of year with beautiful colours of trees and flower blossom.

For the most beautiful scenery of rice paddies in the mountain, the best time is from September to December. January to April is normally cold and foggy and May to August is hot and can be rainy.

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 but 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 an IDP. Please also bring your home country driving license with motorbike endorsement.

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 local license with a tourist visa, even if 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. If you don’t have a Vietnamese driving license, you can’t purchase any local bike insurance policy for you. Luckily, you can buy a personal medical insurance policy from companies like Allianz, CHI or World Nomads. In fact, they only request your country driving license.

Vietnam driving license is a very complicated issue. Even Vietnam doesn’t recognize any foreign license but take it easy you will be ok. We don’t need a license to join our tours or hire our bikes. More details are at this link.

Insurance on a motorbike trip

The question of having a Vietnamese license actually relates to insurance. There are three types of insurance but you only can get one for yourselves (personal medical insurance), please see more details on this page.

Safety motorbiking gear

It’s best to bring your riding gear for quality and sizes. But if you don’t want to carry, we also hire riding gear for 3$US/person/day and a typical set includes an HJC helmet, gloves, protective clothes or pads as seen at this link.


A few more add-ons you may consider:
– Hotel room booking in Hanoi.
– Airport transfers in Hanoi.
– Vietnam visa on arrival.
If you need anything just let us know.

It’s possible to leave bags you don’t need behind at our office when you ride on your trip, we have spaces for you.

A deposit is needed to secure a booking and instructions will be sent after we agree about a final tour itinerary.

We hope that’s all clear about our services but let us know if you still have more questions.


Anh Wu (Mr),
Sales Manager.

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  1. Juan Reply

    Hello! Im interested in a 10 day off road tour of the North. A combo of road and off-road whenever possible. I have experience. Let me know! I’d like to leave on Sunday 26th Nov. Thanks!

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Dear Juan,

      Sadly, we don’t have any guide available now. You can just rent a bike and go self-guided.
      Honda road bike CGL125 125cc manual new 2014 model: 15$US/day/bike.
      Honda dirt bike 2013-2015 XR125/150L 150cc manual: 20$US/day/bike.
      Honda dirt bike 2003-2006 XR250 250cc manual: 35$US/day/bike.

      We are not open on Sunday so if you need a bike, just come tomorrow before 5pm to collect it.

  2. Ian Hill Reply

    Hello, Is there any multi day off road tours coming up just after Christmas? Thanks Ian UK. Christmas holiday time.

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Hi Ian. As we mentioned most of our tours are private and only some are open to more riders. Updates are posted at this link. Currently, there is no tour you could join for your dates but it’s possible to start a new trip and we advertise to get more riders if possible.

  3. Tony Reply


    We are looking to do a motorbike tour from Friday the 27th of March, coming back to Hanoi on the 30th of March morning. Could you please let me know if you can help? Thanks

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Hello Tony. We already replied you in another thread but here is the answer again. You can do a 3-day trip starting from Hanoi on March 27th and returning on March 29th afternoon. You could do this 3 days at this link. We only have Honda XR250 dirt bike and the cost is 159$US/day/person or 477$US/person in 3 days. Everything, except drinks and personal medical insurance is included.

  4. JJ Reply

    I am planning a trip for April of 2016 for my brother and myself.
    We are hoping to have a group of 4 to 6 men, all experienced off-road riders in their 50s.
    I will be the person in charge of arranging our itineraries and making sure all of our requests are met. I am planning on 8-12 days on motorcycles, possibly some time on trains and even a possible air-tour out to Ha Long Bay.
    We want to see the cultural, historical, religious, and scenic (natural wonders) of Vietnam.
    We will also be looking for an occasional rest day where we can get a massage (not sex).
    Can you recommend the best way we can mix all of these things, see the real country and mix guided with self-guided tours?

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Hello. A detailed reply was sent by email, please check it. We offer only guided or self-guided, a mix is unfortunately impossible. In addition, air-tour to Halong Bay is expensive, a private charter helicopter costs nearly 2,000$US/hour. Let us hear your thoughts please.

  5. Ashley Grieve Reply

    Hi Anh ,
    Im coming to Hanoi on the 14/02 i have 3 weeks in Vietnam . My plan was to buy a bike and ride around the north and make my way south . But i saw your site on the net and thought id really like to do a tour with you guys !!
    Have you got any groups going out around that date ? The northwest sounds good but they all do so i really don’t mind . Im an experienced bike rider .
    Thanks Anh
    Regards Ashley

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Hello Ashley. We will be closed between February 17th and 26th for Vietnamese New Year (Tet) and there will be no tour during this period. The reason are services cost much more while the quality is lower and we want our partners to relax during the most important celebration of the year. You could buy a bike, more details here.

  6. john mazuroski Reply


    I am looking to rent a bike and ride around the northern part before heading down to Ho Chi Minh City. My wife would be on the back of my back and we would have two backpacks.

    Could you help plan a route that would last about three weeks?

    We could bring the bike back by overnight train to Hanoi.

    Also, I know that it is illegal for foreigners to ride without a license. Unfortunately this is my situation though. I do not have a Vietnamese license. How much of a problem is it because I know many foreigners do tour by bike.
    We are definitely willing to travel with others in a group. We are somewhat flexible with our dates. We would be looking to head out of Hanoi around the 4th of February.

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Hello John. Unfortunately we have no bike that can carry two people and two bags. It’s only possible when you ride solo and two bags. For more details about insurance and license please click on the links. When you do a self-guided trip, we have no group that you can join because it’s only possible with guided tours.

  7. Terence Marsh Reply

    Tour OV43 16-31 March 2014

    Could you please state availability and cost (smallest of your motorcycles, with lowest saddle height).
    I am interested in seeing more of the country – central and south – and would like to add a visit to Cambodia and/or Laos either before or afterwards (not necessarily by motorcycle); please show any arrangements or links you may have for these.

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Dear Mr. Terence Marsh,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      Please look at this page for bikes you can hire from us. We use new models for smaller bikes of less than 150cc. Sadly, we operate in Vietnam only and have no rental service in Laos and Cambodia.

  8. Len Blunt Reply

    I was wondering about the following tour. When is the best time available
    There are tow of us and how much each
    Booking code: OV02


    Len Blunt

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Dear Mr. Len Blunt,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      We are a web-based business and most of the details were posted on our websites. Just follow the links below to pages providing information you are looking for.

      Offroad Vietnam provides professional motorbike tours, quality at reasonable prices. We are not offering any discount in exchange for lower quality or services. You will see the best of Vietnam, not like the norm as we ride where very few people travel.

      Below are the answers to your specific questions:

      – What’s your dates please?
      – Could you tell us about your riding experience? We have a few bike options for you to choose from at this link.
      – Most of our tours are private and only some are open to more riders. Updates were posted here.
      – For the cost, please follow this link and look at a group of two to start with. More people come you pay less. Bike upgrades are available.
      – The best time for riding motorcycle in Vietnam is between October and January. The other months are also good, just a bit cold (February – April) or hot and rainy (May – September)

      A deposit is needed to secure a booking and instructions will be sent after we agree about a final tour itinerary.

      If you have any question just let us know.

      We look forward to hearing from you again.


      Offroad Vietnam Team.

  9. daniel bousquet Reply


    you tell me what are the tour you are organysing in january 2014 and what are the specific date and the price and the availability one person from 6 to 11 days thank you for reply

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Hello Daniel,

      You already contacted us before and I suggest to log on at this link and let us know more details about your travel plan.

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