Motor biking is a form of recreation in Vietnam; while the locals amuse themselves by riding these two wheelers, tourists especially youngsters prefer to explore every nook and corner of the enigmatic and charming country on a motor bike.
Owing to the growing popularity of motor biking among locals as well as foreigners, many agencies mostly in big cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh now offer motor bikes for rent. Motor bikes are available for as low as US $ 5-10 per day. The agents usually ask for your passport as a safety measure and ask you to sign a form. You can exercise caution by getting the form translated into English (the form is in Vietnamese) before signing it. Also inspect the tyres, brakes and gas level of the motor bike before you zoom off. The roaring business of bike rental is not restricted to agencies only; you can even rent a motor bike from your hotel and that too at cheaper rates.
At Hanoi you can get good motorbikes for rent at Mr. Cuong’s Motorbike Adventure. This agency is situated on Ouven Street, Old Quarters. This place is highly recommended if you want to hire Russian Minsk Motorbike. Mr. Hung’s Vietnam Adventure Tour is another place you can rent bikes from. You can rent bikes from his town office situated on the Dinh Liet Street, north of Hoan Kiem Lake or from his repair shop at Tran Quang Khai Street.
Off road Vietnam is a rental agency which is more of a tour operator. They rent Honda motorcycles only as they consider Honda to be more reliable than the Russian Minsk. Plus it is easier to find Honda mechanics in remote areas as well if in case the motorbike breaks down. Honda also consumes less fuel and so is cheaper than the rest. They however offer 90 percent guided tours and only 10 percent independent or unguided tours. Motorbikes should be carefully chosen as they do not refund the deposit and motor bikes can be had for a minimum of 4 days.
In Ho Chi Min City, Mototours Asia and Motorcycle Rental Service in Vietnam are two reliable and renowned online agencies which rent you your dream bike. The Saigon Bike Rentals and Xe May Motorcycle Hire are some big names. Also in Ho Chi Minh City is Mst. Mai who runs a humble motorbike rental business from a cigarette stand at the Pham Ngu Lao Street. Such rental agencies can also be found at the Bui Vien and De Tham streets; these motorbikes are available for short durations only.
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