Vietnam’s iconic rice terraces, water buffalo, ancient pagodas and magnificent valleys have been immortalized in countless war movies and modern literature. Yet, nothing can quite prepare you for how staggering Vietnam’s natural beauty truly is. Far from the provincial, undeveloped nation that it is often portrayed as, Vietnam is home to some of the best roads in terms of both functionality and scenery in all of Asia, if not the world.
Truly the best way to get a feel for this unique, beautiful country is by traveling overland. Whilst buses and trains are convenient and relatively cheap here, those with sufficient bravery should consider renting a motorbike. You certainly wouldn’t be alone, the majority of road users in the country are aboard scooters and motorbikes of all kinds, and roads and infrastructure are certainly still geared towards those on two wheels. As well as being able to soak up the scenery, traveling Vietnam via motorbike also allows you added freedom that public transport simply doesn’t; you are free to stop, eat and enjoy remote corners that tourists rarely get to see.
However, it should be noted that travel by motorcycle is not for everyone and some routes can be challenging. It is not advisable to attempt a challenging route with no or little experience driving a scooter, less so a motorbike. Insurance may not cover you in the case of a crash, unless you have specified in your insurance that you will be riding a motorbike, in which case the exact motorbike should be registered with your company. In any case, if this seems like too big a risk, it is also possible to hire a driver at extra cost.