Rent a motorcycle and car in Vietnam
As in most of the countries of South-East Asia, the motorcycle is called Vietnam's "motorbike", is the most common form of transport. For tourists this is also a great way to become better acquainted with the country, see more and feel completely free in terms of movement. But rent a motorcycle in Vietnam is associated with some specifics. What, read on:
What rights need to rent a bike or car in Vietnam
2014 in Vietnam on absolutely legal grounds, you can manage the rented vehicles under international driving permit (IDP), the relevant requirements of the Vienna Convention on road traffic. Previously it was necessary to obtain a temporary local license, and no other in the country was not recognized. Now you can safely manage with a driver's license issued in Russia. However, the price for a car rental remains quite high, from $ 50 per day.
An IDP can be obtained in the traffic police of the Russian Federation on the basis of existing national (i.e. regular Russian) rights without examination. Only need to apply in the traffic police or the DCP, to pay a fee of 1600 rubles, and get ready MVU. Even easier and cheaper to register them on the website public services.of the Russian Federation. Registration and payment occurs online, the discount will be 30%, i.e. you pay 1120 rubles instead of 1600. The traffic police have to go to get ready right. But do not forget that the IDP is valid only upon presentation of national rights, i.e. the need to bring both documents.
Vehicle categories in the IDP are tabulated exactly the same as in the national WOO. What is important for a motorcycle or even a low-powered scooter you need a category a, only B or higher will not work. So be careful about opening the desired category, and only then issue the IDP.
Of course, it is impossible not to take into account the local realities of the country. Many police still do not know the new laws or pretend not to know and act in the old way, trying to take tourists to a fine or a bribe for management without a license. You should be prepared for this situation and to keep up his innocence. It does not hurt to carry a printout of the following of the law on Vietnamese language:
Where and how to rent a motorbike, car
Rent a motorbike (a motorbike, a low-power scooter) in Vietnam in the tourist areas you every step of the way. Engaged in renting almost all hotels, on the street distributors, travel agencies and shops. Don't believe found some online information that to find and to rent a motorbike in Vietnam is more difficult than in Thailand. On the contrary, easier. Here the collateral is almost never required, and are content a copy of your passport or just ask your hotel's name. However, the situation is gradually improving due to the fact that cases of theft of motorbikes from foreigners and aliens (the distributor, it turns out, left with nothing), and in some places are asked to leave your passport as collateral. If you don't want to leave a document, simply go to another rental company.
Sometimes there is a difficulty with renting a motorbike for a few days to travel to other cities. But this problem is also easily solved by finding another renter, such as private owners. Ask about renting the first available taxi driver or mototaxista, they will arrange everything at any time and at its best.
Before you agree to take particular motorbike to rent, be sure to check that it is working. Very often, motorbikes in Vietnam, speedometer not working (not a big problem, but an urgent need if you are driving long distances on the map), do not exist or are hanging out of the rear view mirror (no mirrors riding in heavy traffic is very uncomfortable and dangerous). It happens that don't even work the brake or the engine stalls, only having to start. A very important operating the alarm, it can really save you from an accident. Ideally, before you hire you should do a little test drive, riding on a motorcycle at least a couple of hundred meters.
Car hire in Vietnam is still uncommon service, because he was allowed to take a car rental just recently. Because the price is quite high – from $ 50 per day. But in the country have offices world-rental offices, you can find and book a car in them using the search and comparison:
Find car rental in Vietnam
How much is rent a motorcycle in Vietnam
Rental prices vary from distributor to distributor, so if the price seems high to you, walk 20 meters and you will find cheaper. Makes no sense to overpay. Motorcycles with manual transmissions and semi-automatic machines are cheaper than machines, and they are more reliable and more powerful. For traveling long distances it is better to take manual or semi-automatic.
We found that the minimum rental prices of motorbikes (per day or daylight) in the popular cities of Vietnam in may 2013:
- MUI ne: $ 7.5 (150 000 Dong (currency of Vietnam, the exchange rate) - automatic
- Nha Trang: $ 5 – automatic
- Dalat: $ 4 – semi-automatic
- Hoi an: $ 4 – semi-automatic
- Da Nang: $ 7.5 – semi-automatic
- Sapa: $ 4 – semi-automatic
On average, the price rarely exceeds 150 000 VND. If more expensive, then just go look for further.
Where and how to fill a motorbike
Refuel motorbike 92 or 95 petrol. It is marked in Vietnam is exactly the same as us - just numbers.
You can fill up on large retail sites such as ours. Gas stations running staff, which he runs your equipment. Them in hand and give the money for the gas station, nor any box office do not need to go.
There is an opportunity to refuel and "private" gas stations along the road, representing a large bottle of gasoline, or bottled in plastic containers of fuel, but they have to refuel more expensive.
Tank capacity motorbikes – 3-4 liters.
The cost of a liter of gasoline in Vietnam, from 22 000 VND.
Where to Park the motorbike
If you're worried about the safety of rented equipment, it is best to Park the motorbike at Parking. The cost of Parking from 2 000 to 10 000 VND. In some areas - it's just a local resident who looks after the bikes and you pay him in hand, and in some places is Parking with a voucher that you get when you put the bike and return when take. Sometimes even the locals will not let you put motobug until you they don't get paid, though not legally. Of course, you can drive 20 meters and put the bike nearby, but there is no guarantee that in your absence it will not hurt especially.
At night the motorbike is best to put on the Parking of the hotel, which in most cases is absolutely free.
A little about traffic in Vietnam
It should be understood that the motorcycle is the most dangerous form of wheeled transport, and in Vietnam, he is doubly dangerous. Traffic in Vietnam is very chaotic, almost no one follows the rules, climb into the oncoming lane, never pedestrians.
However, the movement is generally slow and not so dangerous, it is easy to adjust. Most importantly, restrain yourself and not drive, should not exceed the average flow rate.
In Vietnam a lot of equivalent intersections with sight do not look equivalent. Such Perekrestok even the locals don't always know someone who should skip (a skip should be those who are right), and all merge into a single stream and as part. The Council here is one: at each intersection be very careful and miss all. Entry into and movement on the "rings" is valid the same rule: skip should be those who are right. And the Vietnamese love to organize one-way traffic, so watch for the signs "motion is forbidden" ("brick").
And yet, the motorbike drivers should always drive on the right side of the road. At any time on the road could jump a bus or a truck, and he spit that on the opposite rides a motorcycle, he will honk you to get out of the way. It is always better stay on the right side. In some places, by the way, motorcycles have their own lane, and on roads signs on the motorcycles is forbidden to travel in the second lane and next.
And finally, another tip for safe driving on a motorcycle in Vietnam: remember that the main button is on the bike - sound signal. In Vietnam on the roads honking all, and not just in a hurry. Since the roads here are quite careful drivers and pedestrians, which, moreover, do not know the rules, all honking to warn of their movement. And you don't be shy: the horn anyway, when will seem that the situation on the road can threaten. This will really help to make traffic safer.
You should also know about some of the peculiarities of local traffic regulations regarding the movement on mototsike (also a motorbike or scooter) that can be fined:
- Allowed to move no more than two passengers.
- Set the speed limit 40 km/h in town and 60 km/h outside the city. Speed measure radars, as well as in Russia.
- There is a penalty for uncleared retractable kickstand (the kickstand, or side-position) for Parking.
- It is forbidden to beep in the night.
- Prohibited aggressive driving in the form of frequent transposition of the lanes.
- It is forbidden to talk on the phone while driving.
- Prohibited traffic without a helmet. A fine, though small, only 30 000 VND, but you will attract the attention of the police, and they probably "turned inside out" all of your documents to find more violations.
- It is impossible to arrange motorcycles when driving on the roadway next to each other, if it will interfere with the travel of the other vehicle. For example, if you want to go poison with your friends to have a little chat, you can be fined. You need to go only a chain, one after the other and not side by side.
- You can not tow or push a motorbike.
- You can't ride on one wheel.