Frequently Asked Questions
- Passport (Valid for your trip check on visa requirements for your specific country, ensure your passport is current and in good order)
- Visa The relevant visa as required for a visit to Vietnam.
- International motorcycle driver’s license / permit Personal accident cover, medical insurance / Medical aid documentation
- Terms & Conditions / Indemnity Form. This form will be provided to you and must be signed prior to commencement of the tour in Vietnam.
Water. In Vietnam, avoid tap water as much as possible and only drink bottled water. Generally, even locals will avoid tap water and will drink boiled or filtered water at home. Bottled water is almost always available at restaurants Bottled water is freely available and should be used at all times.
Food. All meals are included, Vietnamese food is amazing. When you're talking about "Vietnamese food,", you're talking about rice in many forms (steamed, sticky, noodles, pancakes, porridge), fish sauce (lots of it), herbs (mint, cilantro, lemongrass), seafood, pork, beef, chicken, and tropical fruits (rambutan, banana, papaya, mango, etc.)
Fuel is in good supply on the route we will be riding. Bikenam will be ensuring your bikes are filled up and the cost of fuel is included in the tour price so you don't have to worry about it.
Accommodation is fabulous and varied across Vietnam, we will be staying in comfortable hotels or guesthouse accommodation. Rooms will include clean comfortable beds and bedding, en-suite bathrooms. The overnight accommodation and food will be varied and appetizing after a great day on the road. We avoid commercial type hotels preferring owner run establishments.
Vietnam has no specific health issues related to diseases and immunizations are not required. Some tours pass low-risk Malaria area and you are free to make use of anti-malaria medication at your own discretion. Mosquito repellents should be sufficient for personal comfort in the evenings.
The speed limits in Vietnam are 30–40 km/h in cities, and 40–60 km/h on rural roads. Despite the fact that many Vietnamese drivers tend to disobey these routinely, you should try to keep your speed under the limit unless you hold up traffic significantly Any speeding fines will be for the riders account.
During the day and when riding the consumption of alcohol is not allowed by both the Bikenam and the Vietnamese policing authorities. In the evenings once riding is over for the day feel are free to indulge and enjoy yourself.
We recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance, covering trip cancellation for medical reasons; trip delay; medical expenses; accidental death; lost baggage; medical evacuation etc.
Answer: All in all, Vietnam is an extremely safe country to travel in. The police keep a pretty tight grip on social order and we rarely receive reports about muggings, robberies or sexual assaults. Sure there are scams and hassles in some cities, particularly in Hanoi, HCMC and Nha Trang (and to a lesser degree in Hoi An).
Hanoi - Noi Bai International Airport.
Your motorcycling gear is key - long pants, comfortable sturdy shoes, t-shirt/jacket and raincoat/poncho. For your other clothing we recommend that you pack light. Three sets of clothes should be sufficient. Hiking or outdoors style clothes are ideal as they are versatile and don't take up much space when packed. The weather in Vietnam is generally warm to hot so not much warm clothing is required. However, when we recommend packing a jacket/jumper for when we ride at high altitudes as it can get a bit chilly. The rest of the stuff you'll require will be the same as any holiday: basic toiletries, flipflops, sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen.
Vietnam is great for all year round visits. The weather in the north and south are diametrically opposite. When it is rainy season in the north it is dry season in the south; when it is rainy season in the south it is dry season in the north. So whichever time you choose you may get a little bit wet, but that's not a big deal. The winter in Vietnam is temperate and makes for very pleasant motorbiking weather. The summers can be hot, but the wild on your skin while riding makes it refreshing. Simply put, any time is a good time to visit Vietnam.
For our tours the maximum baggage size is a 90L backpack. In general, the lighter your baggage the better. The bags will be strapped onto the side panniers of the motorbike which make for easy transporting of the baggage.
Absolutely not, Bikenam knows how important adventure is to you so we guarantee you all the freedom you want. There are certain requirements that mean we need to leave and arrive at certain times at our destinations. However, excluding those requirements you are completely free to craft your own adventure.
Yes, absolutely. Pillion passengers are more than welcome and many couples and friends choose this option. We offer a competitive discount for pillion passengers.
We ride on average for about 140-200km each day. This will usually take us about 5 - 6 hours including lunch and coffee breaks along the way. The roads in Vietnam make the going slow as you seldom reach more than 80km per hour.