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Offline danielhustle

Riding bikes in Vietnam tips ?
« on: April 27, 2018, 03:07:28 am »
Hello everyone, I'm planning to travel Halong Bay, Vietnam and want to hire a bike there to get a trip all by myself. But i'm worry that the traffic in Vietnam maybe crazy as everyone has told me.

So can you give me some advice when riding bike on the road of this country ? Thanks in advance

Offline SaemiVald

Re: Riding bikes in Vietnam tips ?
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2018, 06:00:37 am »
I have traveled in Vietnam and can tell you that the traffic is crazy. The only place I rode bikes was far away from big cities where there was minimal traffic. Most roads are rather narrow with cars, scooters, oxes, bikes, pedestrians all mixed together. Personally I would rather go mountain-biking instead of road-biking in Vietnam.

Offline crashmbro

Re: Riding bikes in Vietnam tips ?
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2018, 02:08:21 am »
Hello everyone, I'm planning to travel Halong Bay, Vietnam and want to hire a bike there to get a trip all by myself. But i'm worry that the traffic in Vietnam maybe crazy as everyone has told me.

So can you give me some advice when riding bike on the road of this country ? Thanks in advance
I’ve ridden bikes in Bali, which is most likely similar. Packed narrow roads, with few road rules. I found you just have to go with the swim. Stay in the Middle of the “school” of bikes and you’ll be fine.   
A good thing is the traffic doesn’t travel as fast as in the West. I found the trickiest part was navigating around the cities. Make sure you have good maps loaded in your device. Good luck and have fun.


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Offline Ryld

Re: Riding bikes in Vietnam tips ?
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2018, 03:31:59 pm »
I did a tour trip in to that Bay. It had a stop in Ning Bing. I purposely did the paid tour because it had 2 nights on the bay in a boat- also it drove from the big city to the bay. Later, In Ning Bing the tour operator had rental bicycles that we road for about 15 miles. Ning Bing is famed for those one of a kind stone fingers that are 300 meters tall. It was a an hour or two drive from the bay- so it would take longer to get there via bike. I also later traveled to Phu Quok Island - the Island they got from Cambodia in a war. I rented a good mountain bike there I got from the main town the boat comes in on. I rode it all around the island. The big two big cities were rather scary just walking around in due to scooter and crazy car drivers. I guess it would not be such a terrible ride there if you have already had experience riding in a city like San Jose Costa Rica or in Thailand. You should just visit one of the many travel agents all about the tourist quarter and speak in person and tell them you want them to transport you and your bike on the bay. The tour boat also stopped on an tourist island for the night - I forgot the name. It had a nice beach and seemed like it would be good for less crowded biking.