Border crossing into Vietnam by motorbike

chrisynok

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Border crossing into Vietnam by motorbike

Any bike up to any size cc

Minimum 1 month booking in advance





Max trip duration 30 days


Update: This is the latest legal requirements to enter Vietnam by a border crossing on a motorbike registered outside of Vietnam

.What riders have to organize:


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[*]Copy of original & international drivers licence

[*]Copy of Passport and complete visa.

[*]Photo of the bike

[*]Copy of the registration papers of the bike/ownership papers.

[*]Organized packaged tour through a tour agent with a complete itinerary including a tour guide

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What Flamingo travel will organize:


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[*]We will send all your details to the military police and Transportation Minister ‘s office to conduct your tour, who will process the application to ensure you are completely legal to drive in Vietnam

[*]We will send a member of our staff 3 days before to the border to prepare the documents for your arrival (This is the legal requirement)
[*]At the border we arrange the required temporary number plates and registration papers for your bikes. Please note when crossing back over the border you will have to give back any number plates and registration documents.
[*]We will organize your packaged tour to meet all the requirements.
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If you have any question you can leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer you or email me directly: [email protected]
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FLAMINGO TRAVEL
Head office in Hanoi
Add:# 66 Dao Duy Tu Str, Hanoi , Vietnam
Tel: +84.4 3926 0938 Fax: +84.4 3926 0938
Hand phone: +84.912 214 554
Email: [email protected] Website: www.flamingotravel.com.vn
Skype : flamingotravel.com.vn

 

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3 Cheers for this info & service.
I'm sure there will be lots of guys coming soon.

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Pic from our trip in March 2010.
 

ntb

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How about the cost? Is there a base price or packages? I remember wanting to do this 5 years ago but the cost was in the several of thousands USD.
 

mekongfrank

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Nice to know that it's possible. How about giving a rough figure how much this service will cost for a one-week, two-week, and a four-week trip (assuming that the hotel will cost, say, $20 per night). Riding through China is possible too. At a cost: A friend paid $1700 for 3 days along the Karakorum Highway in 2012, and I met 2 Russians who rode Hongkong-Mongolia through China in 2011 for a whopping $20,000 - a piece!!!
 

chrisynok

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The total cost to arrange all the necessary documents is $1100. So if you have a max group number of 6 people it’s only $184 per rider (Any Pillions don't have to pay). The price for a package tour varies and depends on the itinerary and the number of riders in a group. The package tour includes the following:

•· Accommodation
•· Local English Speaking guide
•· Breakfast, lunch and dinner

One more option is to leave any motorbikes at a secure location at the border. You can then rent any motorbikes through a company of your choice, who will be able to arrange the motorbikes to be delivered at the Vietnamese border. Depending on the bikes and the group size this could actually be a more expensive way of arranging the tour. There are many kind of loops, especially in the North of Vietnam, where you can complete a trip and drop of the bikes in the same locations.

If you have any questions or concerns or would like a price on a package tour please contact us directly and we will be more than happy to help.

Chris
 

chrisynok

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Below I have listed some of the main borders that are available to cross. The officials at these borders have experience in dealing with foreigners!

- Southern:

1. Moc Bai border- Tay Ninh provice.
2. Le Thanh border - Binh Phuoc provice.

- Central highland;
1. Bo Y border - Kon Tum provice.

- Middle Vietnam:
1. Cau Treo border- Ha Tinh provice
2. Lao Bao border - Quang Tri provice.
3. Na Meo border - Thanh Hoa provice.

- Northern
1. Tay Trang border - Dien Bien Phu provice.

Chris
Flamingo Travel
 

brian_bkk

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Rent from Flamingo Boys.

Fly in, fly out.. have a blast.. Someone on the other end of the phone to sort out any problems.

Cheers
Brian
 

ntb

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I am looking for an update about getting my bike into Viet Nam this coming November. My bike is a DRZ400 registered in Cambodia in my name and I have a valid Cambodia drivers Licence. Is possible to cross border and travel in country without needing organized packaged tour through a tour agent with a complete itinerary including a tour guide? What will I need besides a visa?
 

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Hello everybody. We are a couple traveling from Spain to Vietnam in motorcycle. In this moment we are in Laos. Someone knows how to cross the Vietnam border or have information about? It is possible to cross without agency? If you know other people that have crossed in the last years, the contact can be very helpful.

Thank you
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Javier and Diana
 

chrisynok

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desdelamoto;303543 wrote: Hello everybody. We are a couple traveling from Spain to Vietnam in motorcycle. In this moment we are in Laos. Someone knows how to cross the Vietnam border or have information about? It is possible to cross without agency? If you know other people that have crossed in the last years, the contact can be very helpful.

Thank you
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Javier and Diana
Hi Javier and Diana,

There is a high import tax in Vietnam, the government are extremely strict when it comes to motorbike border crossing. They don't want to risk any bikes entering that could be possibly sold illegally. The reason for the high tax is because its one of the only ways the government can get tax out of people.

I have also come across so much different conflicting information about border crossings into Vietnam but so much of it, is dated, bikes entered on was already a Vietnamese registered or they did it illegally. This is extremely risky and almost impossible to do. The most common myth is that you can just pay a small fee to the border guards. Almost on all occasions, the guards will not accept a fee and the only other option is to sneak the bike in by truck, this is a huge risk because if they discover the bike, which they will most probably happen then they will impound it. In fact impound it and register it Vietnam and sell it on to make i nice bit of money. If by luck you some how manage to get through you will be driving with foreign number plates, so you are at risk of being stopped and the bikes are likely to get impounded by the police. Of course you could also have the next battle of trying to leave with the bike as this could also create problems of its own.

The easiest and cheapest way to complete a motorbike tour in Vietnam is to simply rent.

If you're keen to tour Vietnam, then i would recommend to leave your bike someone safe in a neighbouring country and start your trip in either Hanoi or HCMC.

Hope this helps
 

Goran Phuket

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I've got friend in Vietnam who takes care of bike permit entries. Very nice and reliable guy, professional overland tour agent. He did my 10 days tour 2 years ago as well as for my RTW friends riding Argentina plate bike barely a month ago. Contacted him via FB and he arranged permits for my Argentina pals within a week. That simple.

You may contact him here:
https://www.facebook.com/tuanjb
 

blackwolf

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ntb;300890 wrote: I am looking for an update about getting my bike into Viet Nam this coming November. My bike is a DRZ400 registered in Cambodia in my name and I have a valid Cambodia drivers Licence. Is possible to cross border and travel in country without needing organized packaged tour through a tour agent with a complete itinerary including a tour guide? What will I need besides a visa?
For a Cambodian registered bike, you should be OK to ride it into Vietnam. I know that Cambodian registered cars can easily enter Vietnam, while Vietnamese cars going in the other direction don't have it quite so easy and are subject to high fees (I was told a US$500 "deposit", which is likely not a deposit at all is required for a Viet car to leave for Cambodia) and possible restrictions like the car can't stay overnight (officially at least, although in practice once the car is inside Cambodia it can stay up to 30 days). However, I'm not sure if the rules are the same for Cambo bikes entering Vietnam, because while I've seen many, many Cambodian registered cars driving in Vietnam (particularly in Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta) I haven't seen one Cambo motorcycle, but that could be because the only individuals likely to attempt to drive one in would be expats on their big bikes.

There is a new trilateral agreement in place between Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam since last year though, which should (in theory) permit the entry of any vehicle registered in one member state to travel to another member state, even if it's a third country crossing (i.e. a Cambodian registered vehicle should be able to cross the Lao-Vietnam border now) whereas previously only direct crossings from one neighboring state to the next were allowed.

There was an article about this new three country agreement on ttrweekly.com last year I think but after an extensive search I couldn't find it.
 

Big_Dave

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Guys, any further updates on entering VN? I am getting conflicting info on the ability to ride a Malaysian registered bike into VN via Cambodia
 

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Normally you would need a permit and guide via a travel agency. Or at least the permits, the guide might not come.
And its quite expensive.

I heard quite recently about a guy who tried all 8 bordercrossings between Cambodia and Vietnam and he got in on the 8th and last border. I think he was an aussie with an aussie plated bike.
So it seems to be a bit «try your luck» and see how it goes.
 

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Hi, i check all the tour agent and others to do the permits and paperwork is costly some is usd1100 and some is usd1300 its too much for a solo rider like me.... i'm thinking to ride from singapore to SAPA on feb 2019 so now still looking for source. Hopefully can get more info...
 

ntb

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Normally you would need a permit and guide via a travel agency. Or at least the permits, the guide might not come.
And its quite expensive.

I heard quite recently about a guy who tried all 8 bordercrossings between Cambodia and Vietnam and he got in on the 8th and last border. I think he was an aussie with an aussie plated bike.
So it seems to be a bit «try your luck» and see how it goes.
Which border please
 

Dodraugen

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Which border please

Sorry dont remember. Try to search on facebook groups of Horizons unlimited or Overlanding Asia.

But dont do that mistake to think its automatically possible for you just because another bloke was able to do it a year or 3 ago....
 

Tuyen Tran

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Hi folks
I've been following the story of entering into Vietnam by motorcycles and just recently did the permit for one group. So this is a kind of update to share.
1. By offical law, permt is still required to foreign bikes (and car) for entering into Vietnam. And this permit is granted by Vietnam Ministry of Transport
2. Permit is compulsory to be processed by a local tour operator/company which holds international tourism certificate
3. An escort is also a must. Local guide in car or motorcycle depending. But this is somehow flexible, for example, you come alone of just a small group, and you dont want a tour guide, then you only pay for permit and pickup/drop-off at checkpoints, obviously if local operator agrees and takes their own risk. But again, by Vietnam law, an escort whole trip is a must, does not matter how big the group.
4. There is no official fee for permit. But there are many paperworks to do, notarize, local insurance for bike, travel insurance for bikers, stamp fees at border checkpoint, etc and also some fees under table. So operator charges according how they do it. The main cost comes from escort service, including a local guide and his own vehicle. It can be decent if sharing in between group. A solor rider will see this is a crazy money, and possibly not worth.

So It's pity that Vietnam has not opened at the level expected that everyone can go with less hassels. If by a chance you look at touring around Southeast Asia, rent a bike in Vietnam then go neighbouring countries maybe an option, even there will be some "coffee money" to pay at points. If you are a RTW rider, paying for permit then is only way. It's hard for solo rider as so much fees to pay and this can bring Vietnam out of the list. For the rest, taking a permit and ride Vietnam legally can bring peace in mind.

For a specific case, please email us at [email protected] and we are willing to help.
My pesonal contact +84 986 812 879, Tuyen Tran

Have your safe rides always.
 

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In Nov/Dec 2019 I rode my Honda NC750X from Chiang Rai to Mukdahan and across Laos to Vietnam, we entered Vietnam at the Lao Bao border in Quang Tri Province where I went on a 3 x week tour of Northern Vietnam. On return to Chiang Rai I had completed just over 6000km.


Basic requirements were : 1/ Bike must be in my name (Thai Rego) with copy of greenbook.

2/ 4 x photos of my bike, front, back and both sides.

3/ Copy of Thai drivers lic, I did not get international drivers permit.

4/ Visa for myself to enter Vietnam.

5/ Passport copy and supply some passport photos.


I went on a tour organised by Thai based Mike Gagne and he organised the tour through Asian Wings Travel, the owner of Asian Wings Travel is named Win and he was our guide in Vietnam, he organised all our permits for ourselves and our bikes.


Win is based in Hanoi and also has an office in Bangkok, he also owns about 12 x CRF 250 in Vietnam if you would prefer to fly to Vietnam and rent bikes, he can also organise Big Bike Hire, one of our group rented a Truimph Tiger 800 as he flew direct to Vietnam.


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