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Having your own set of wheels gives you maximum flexibility when travelling to remote areas and stopping when and where you want. Car always hire has a driver. Renting a motorbike is a good value and this can be self-driving or with a driver.

Driving license

Foreigners are currently allowed to drive in Vietnam with an International Driving License (IDP). This must be combined with local insurance for it to take effect. In fact, almost no car rental agency will provide vehicles to foreign guests without the driver. If you manage to get a car without a driver, IDP is technically mandatory.


Even the most isolated communities often have roadside gas sellers. Some sellers dilute the fuel to make a quick profit - try filling it from an appropriate gas station.

To rent

The main considerations are the safety, the mechanical condition of the vehicle, the credibility of the rental agency and your budget.

Car and minibus

Self-drive car hire is not available in Vietnam, which is a lucky thing to traffic conditions, but car drivers are popular and plentiful. Renting a car with a guide and driver is a practical option even for budget travellers, as long as there are enough people to share the cost.
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and major tourist centres have a variety of drivers rental agency options for trips. For the rough roads of northern Vietnam, you will definitely need a 4WD.
Approximate cost per day is from 80 to 120 USD for a standard car, or from 120 to 135 USD for a 4WD.


Motorbikes can be rented from almost anywhere, including cafes, hotels and travel agencies. Some places will require holding your passport until you return the bike. Try to sign some kind of agreement, state what you are hiring, how much it costs, the extent of compensation and so on.
To tackle the northern mountains, it is best to take a slightly stronger model such as a road or bicycle trail. Many local drivers are willing to act as drivers and guide about 20 to 30 US dollars per day.
The approximate daily cost without a driver is $ 5 to $ 8 for a motorbike or $ 20 or more for road bicycles and bicycles.


If you're travelling in a driver's car, the car rental company will hold insurance. If you are using a rented bike, the owner should have some insurance. Many rental properties will make you sign a contract to agree on a bicycle price if it is stolen. Use protected parking where available.
If you are considering buying a car, try Stylemotorbikes for insurance.
Travel insurance is essential if you plan to travel by motorbike. However, check your policy carefully because of some cover exclusions for two-wheeler travel. The cost of treating serious injuries could be bankrupt for budget travelers.

Road conditions & hazards

Road safety is certainly not one of Vietnam's strengths. The inter-provincial road network of a two-lane highway is dangerous. A head-on, high-speed collision is an astonishingly familiar sight on the main roads.
In general, the main highways are paved and properly maintained, but seasonal flooding can be a problem. A big storm can create a pothole the size of a crater. In some remote areas, the road is not raised and turned into a muddy sea when the weather is bad - such roads are best handled by 4-wheel vehicles or motorbikes. Mountain roads are especially dangerous: landslides, falling rocks and fleeing cars can add an unwanted advantage to your journey.

Emergency situation

Vietnam does not have an effective emergency rescue system, so if something happens on the road, it can take a while before getting help and a long way to even the medical facilities. The most basic. Local people can help, but in most cases, it will be up to you (or your guide) to take you to the hospital or clinic.

Road rules

Basically, there aren't many or, arguably, any. Size matters and the largest vehicle wins by default. Be especially careful about children on the road. Livestock is also a threat; Hit a cow on a motorbike and both of you will be hamburgers.
The police almost never bother to prevent foreigners from cycling (except around Mui Ne and sometimes in Nha Trang). However, speeding fines are imposed and police now have a 'gun' speed. In any area that is considered 'urban' (pay attention to the green sign with skyscrapers), the limit is only 50km / h. In cities, there is a rule that you cannot turn on a red light.
Honking to all pedestrians and bicyclists (to warn them about your approach) is not rage on the road but a local ritual.
Legally, a motorbike can only carry two people, but we saw up to six in a car plus luggage! This law is enforced in large cities but is extremely ignored in rural areas.


Vietnam is flooded with Japanese (and Chinese) motorbikes, so it's easy to get parts for most bikes. But if you are driving something is very obscure, bring with you significant accessories.


It is compulsory to wear a helmet when riding a motorbike in Vietnam, even when traveling as a passenger. Consider investing in a decent import helmet if you are planning a generous trip as the local eggshell does not provide much protection. Better quality helmets are available in major cities from US $ 35.

Rent a vehicle and driver

Renting a car with a driver gives you the opportunity to design a suitable tour. Seeing the country this way is almost like independent travel, except that it is more comfortable, takes less time and allows stops along the way.
Most travel companies and tour operators can connect you with a car and driver (most of them will not speak English). Trying to find a driving instructor who can act as a translator and companion and provide all kinds of cultural knowledge, opens the door to some unique experiences. A bad guide can ruin your trip. Consider the following:
 Try to meet your driving directions before starting and make sure this is a friend you can accompany.
 How much English do they speak (French or another language)?
 Drivers usually pay their own expenses, including accommodation and meals, while you pay for gasoline. Check this is the case.
 Settle a journey and get a copy from the travel agency. If you see your guide following when they go along, use it as leverage.
 Clarify that you want to avoid restaurants and shops that trap tourism.
 Tip them if you already have a good experience.


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