When you are in Hanoi and want to get the bus to Sapa just walk into a travelshop or ask your hostel or hotel. They can offer you a busticket between $10 and $15. I took the sleepingbus at night. This nightbus will pick you up in Hanoi at 21.00 in the evening and you’ll arrive in Sapa at 6.30. (9.5 hour busride) The bus is nice and you have your own bed. Big luggage will be in the luggage space in the bus.
Hopefully I can help you with my experience to sell or buy your motorbike in Vietnam. (hanoi or Ho Chi Minh)
Sell your motorbike in Hanoi
I sold my motorbike today in Hanoi. One guy in the street of the Backpackers Hostel in Hanoi had the best offer. It is hard to sell your bike when it is cloudy and cold. But I got almost the price I wanted. The best is to sell your motorbike in Hanoi (Vietnam) to a backpacker. But when you are running out of time you can go to this guy. He normally buys motorbikes between 150 and 200 depending on the condition of the motorbike.
In stage nine we rode from Ba Don to Yen Cat.
This morning we got up at 7.00 and were on the motorbike at 7.30. It was little foggy and after a half a hour it started raining. We get soaked but. Was this the nicest day of the adventure? No, but buying a motorbike in Vietnam was a great thing to do and this is part of it. We made it from Ho Chi Minh all the way up to Hanoi. I’m glad I did it!
Buy a motorbike in Hanoi / Buy a motorbike in Ho Chi Minh?
When you’re not a mechanic it is hard to get the right motorbike in Vietnam. in this article I want to give you some information how to buy a motorbike in Vietnam.
Where can you buy a motorbike in Vietnam?
The easiest places to buy and sell your motorbike are Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. Because a lot of backpackers/travelers do the Ho Chi Ming Trail from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh or visa versa. In Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi you can get to District one and buy or sell your bike over there.
What do you need to know before you buy a motorbike in Vietnam?
Riding in the city’s and on the A1 highway is difficult but when you’re on the Ho Chi Ming Highway/ Trail it is easy riding. Always be focussed because the trucks and busses can driving on the wromg side of the road. But when you like riding a motorbike it is one of the best things you can do in Vietnam. But still when you know were you’re looking for it is a gable to pick the right bike. When you never drove a motorbike before take a lesson from a friend of colleague at the hostel.
What to look do when you but your motorbike in Vietnam
- Bluecard (framenumber, numberplate owner licence)
- Tires (good profile)
- No oil leak
- Lights working? (Headlight, backlight, brakelight)
- Indicators working? (Front and back?)
- Motor sounds and runs oke? Even in nutral
- No cheap repears visable
- Is the rack sturdy enough
- Are the handlebars stable
- Are breakes working properly
- How does the bike gear
- Is the frame stable
- How are the springs?
- Make sure the chain is tight
Do the testdrive on the motorbike and check the list above. When you have other good tips about riding a motorbike in Vietnam write them in the comments.
I hope you’ve a good experience riding your bike in Vietnam!
A trip of a lifetime, 3 months traveling around South East Asia!
This short video is a summary of a trip to South East Asia. They started in Bangkok and moved to the temples of Angkor in Cambodia, then rode motorbikes up the coast of Vietnam from Saigon to Hanoi stopping in Ha Long Bay. After climbing Mt Fansipan (3143m) they went into Laos, then elephant riding in Chiang Mai and from there, traveled to the islands of Koh Phi Phi, Scuba Diving in Ko Tao, and the full moon party in Ko Pha Ngan! And the ended our trip in Singapore, traveling via Malaysia.
They had 150gb of footage from the GoPro HERO3.
Hope you will enjoy it!