Need info on Vietnam, please.

Discussion in 'Vietnam - General Discussion Forum' started by Chicagonaut, Oct 15, 2004.

  1. Chicagonaut

    Chicagonaut Active Member

    I have 3 months in the region this winter(Jan-Apr), so I'm hoping to get a little riding done in Vietnam and/or Laos in addition to a lot in Cambodia. Basically, I'd like to know the following:

    -- Map recommendations, GPS compatible, preferably, for riding specifically.

    -- Rental advice: costs and feasibility, type of bikes available, and where.

    -- where to find up-to-date info on road conditions? Any good books?
     
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  3. jimoi

    jimoi Ol'Timer

    The best source of information is http://www.minskclubvietnam.com/TheMINSKPage.htm

    Coung in Hanoi will rent you a great bike and he's the patron saint of the Minsk Club.

    I live in the mountains up north in Sa Pa from time to time take people out that can actually ride. I go deep into the off road, no maps, no gps, just small roads I know like the back of my hand, lots of time out there.

    TravelIndochina runs great tours and are realy fun guys.

    jim
     
  4. jimoi

    jimoi Ol'Timer

    It's a little more less complicated and gps isn't really needed. What you need in VN is a Minsk. It's a hard to love bike but easy to fix, lots of spare parts and somewhat reliable.

    The best people to contact are in Hanoi. Check out http://digilander.libero.it/cuoccimix/E ... moto(Minsk).htm
     
  5. Chicagonaut

    Chicagonaut Active Member

    Thanks for the info -- the Minsk Club website is very helpful, and I've yet to get through even a small portion of it. However, now I have another question: the website mentions advises getting a valid Vietnamese motorcycle-driving license. How essential is this, ie can it be avoided with confidence that not having one won't bite you in the ass later? Is it necessary for renting a bike? I'd prefer to avoid Vienamese bureaucracy if at all possible.

    Also, how much per day for a solid rental Minsk?

    Thanks again in advance. Maybe I could catch a ride with you in Feb or March, eh?
     

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