Here’s what it’s like to experience when travel in Vietnam by Motorbike
The trip began in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, and spanned the mountainous Northwest region of the country. The estimated location of the trip is highlighted by the red square on the map.
I had never been on a motorcycle before, and had just one hour to learn the day before we left. Having never driven manual transmission before, I ended up with this scooter. It was less powerful so I struggled climbing mountains, but was faster on the straightaways.
Once we got out of the city, we took this group picture. Starting from the left: John, Scott, me, Ronnie, Steve, and our tour guide. As you can see some of us wore protective gear that included helmets, arm guards and leg guards.
One of the things that I noticed almost immediately was just how narrow the roads were. There was very little room for error, especially if a truck was coming around the bend.
The heavy rains usually didn’t last long, but created more difficult conditions. Our tour guide got stuck in the mud. With water buffalo crossing the road virtually anywhere, it made for dangerous conditions. Ronnie went around the bend too quickly and crashed into one. Luckily, both he and the water buffalo were OK. If a motorist kills a water buffalo they must pay the owner fair value.
Notice how narrow the passage was. One wrong move, and you could easily fall of the side of the mountain. Luckily for us, we were on motorbikes so we could pass through. Other tourists had to pay the $100 to hop on the back of a local’s motorbike to navigate the terrain.
After a day or riding we were back in Hanoi.
Writer: JONATHAN GARBER
Zonitrip- Specialist for adventure tour Vietnam
Motorbike Vietnam Tour here: http://zonitrip.com/trip-style/vietnam-motorbike-tours/