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Motorcycle tour Vietnam


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Motorcycle Tour Vietnam

We are not organising motorcycle trips in Vietnam for the moment because we cannot ensure insurance policies coverage for our riders in case of an accident. A foreigner may ride with an international permit but cannot obtain a third party insurance policy without a Vietnamese license. It is impossible to get a Vietnamese license within 10 days of entering the territory. It is all the more difficult to do so with a tourist visa. You will thus be allowed to ride but without following the legislation in place. The insurer will realise this and not cover the insured. In case of a major problem, the amount to be paid is very high and without insurance, the rider will go to prison. We hope that the legislation will evolve and we will be the first ones to organise Royal Enfield motorcycle trips in Vietnam. It is a splendid country, synonymous with the eternal, preserved and authentic Asia. Vibrant cities like Hanoi or Ho Chi Min City, the majestic Ha Long Bay, the immense Delta of Mekong, mountains and rice fields bathed in sunlight… Vietnam is changing and evolving a little faster every day but it is doing so without losing its soul and traditions.

When to travel in Vietnam?

The best season for a motorcycle trip in Vietnam is between October and June. All over the country, the climate is hot and humid, however it is possible to distinguish region-wise particularities. Average yearly temperature is very pleasant, even if it varies from one place to another in the country: 23° in Hanoi, 26° in Ho Chi Minh City. It is always preferable to travel during the dry season which extends from October to June. For the rest of the year, the weather is very humid and the monsoon season prevails. In the country’s north, winters are chilly and humid, especially in the months of December and January. During this period, a cruise on the Ha Long Bay may run into mist and temperatures are low in mountainous regions. Summers can be very hot but less rainy than in the South. Thus spring and autumn will be preferred: the months of October, November and April, May. While northern regions have more clear-cut seasons, the southern parts clearly alternate between a dry season and a wet season. Everyone finds his happiness in Vietnam depending on the regions visited. When it gets too cold in Hanoi in winter, go warm yourself in the South, in the Mekong Delta.

Geography of Vietnam

Sharing a frontier with China, Laos and Cambodia, Vietnam can be recognized because of its geographic silhouette in the form of a dragon symbolising strength. A motorcycle ride in Vietnam takes you through uneven terrain and a wide range of landscape. Three major geographic zones may be distinguished: Bac Bo (North), Trung Bo (Centre) and Nam Bo (South). The vast coastal plain links the Red River Delta in the North to the Mekong Delta in the South. Three-quarters of the country is covered mountains and hills. The highest point is Fransipan (3 143m) in the northwestern part of the country. The mountainous regions in the North remain the ideal playing field for a motorcycle road trip. Embark on winding roads around Sapa, cross the coffee plantations and shimmering rice fields upto the karst mountains in Ha Giang province. It is also in these regions close to the Chinese border that several ethnic minorities like Hmong, Dao, Tay etc. can be found. They accommodate travellers in their houses on stilts. Running from the North to the South, the Ho Chi Minh trail combines a set of historic roads and byways that were in use during the conflicts in the 20th century.

History and culture in Vietnam

Devastated by years of war, Vietnam has managed to rise from the ashes. During a motorcycle trip in Vietnam, you will see ancient imperial cities, modern mega cities, sacred temples, and meet trendy youth alongside ethnic groups with ancestral traditions. After centuries under the Chinese rule, the Nguyen dynasty unified the Viet power under the name of Viet Nam by establishing its capital at Hue in 1800. In 1958, the French reached Danang and ten years later, Cochinchina in the south became a French colony. Annam in the centre and Tonkin in the north became French protectorates. French Indochina was created and included Cambodia and Laos. The Vietnamese fought against the regime and Independence was proclaimed by Ho Chi Minh at Hanoi in 1945. One year later, the French tried to re-establish their domination: this marked the beginning of the first Vietnam War. In 1954, after the defeat of Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam was recognized as an independent and sovereign state. The second Vietnam War started in 1968 with the American offensive. On 30th April 1975, Viet Cong entered Saigon, which became Ho Chi Minh City. The country was reunited under the banner of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. In the 1980s, the communist party adapted itself to economic liberalization. The country can be distinguished today because of its dynamism and resourcefulness!

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