Riding a motorbike in Vietnam takes patience and an understanding of local laws and customs. However the roads are mostly well maintained and safe for travel when obeying the traffic rules. People under 18 years must ride as a passenger when on a “Easy Rider Travel” tour. This ensures you have a safe motorcycle trip and memorable experience in Vietnam. Below are some regulations that will keep you safe and obeying our traffic laws.
Helmets are always required for all passengers riding a motorbike. You should use a high-quality helmet which was certified by traffic safety management bureaus, or helmets following international standards. Using a cheap helmet could be dangerous in the case of injuries and accidents. Always make sure to keep yourself and passengers safe with a quality helmet.
Follow the right hand side rule of traffic. Far right lanes are mostly for Motorbike use only.
Be confident and decisive when riding. Pick a lane and stick to it. Don’t make quick turns or maneuvers. Chances are people are around you on bikes at all times.
Ride carefully and control your speed in different circumstances. Ride slowly and expect the unexpected at all times. Check posted speed signs for road travel. In town/cities is always 30 km. And 60 km outside of the city.
Using horn smartly because it could help you avoid accidents and collisions. In some routes there might be blind corners or crossroads, these are times it would be useful to utilize your horn.
Give way to bigger vehicles such as trucks, cars, buses or cart-transporting vehicles. It can ensure your safety and prevent instances of being forced off the roadways.
Ride slowly when making a turn. It is important for you to use your turn signals so vehicles are aware of your direction. It is also recommended to use your hand signals and body language to announce your turns.
Show respect and kindness to people on the roads. Avoid conflicts with others, and understand that the locals probably know the traffic guidelines better than travelers. Foreign altercations will always result in fault of the non-resident.
Be friendly and accommodating while in busy intersections or packed cities. Everyone will move safer with a positive driving attitude.
Be polite with the police if stopped for any reason. Don’t show abnormal or suspicious behaviors (Speeding,weaving unsafely) on the road to draw unnecessary attention to yourself.
Never drink and drive or ride intoxicated on any substance.
Please don’t make any sudden directional or speed changes. Ride consistently and slowly and Vietnamese people will know what you are doing.
Always keep your eyes forward and slow down at every intersection.
Only two people per bike are allowed, if you have three people on a bike the police can issue a citation.
Watch for people running red lights.
You can’t turn right when the light is red.
If someone is crossing a busy street slow down and go behind them. This enables them to keep moving forward instead of having to stop. This rule applies to other vehicles as well and is the real reason why Vietnamese traffic flows the way it does.
If crossing a busy intersection then move into the ‘down traffic’ side of another vehicle. The guy’s ‘traffic shadow’ will buffer you against other traffic and you can then cross no problems. Otherwise do what the Vietnamese do, which is to cross right in the middle of it.
If you are behind a larger vehicle the people in front can’t see you. Do not make any sudden harsh manœuvres.
When you’re turning make a long slow obvious turn. Never slow down to a stop and then turn sharply, this causes accidents and unsafe travel.
Slow down when passing a school. Children will walk or blindly ride bicycles out onto the road.
Assume a large vehicle will come around every bend and drive in anticipation of it. Never drive wide! The scenery will usually be either beautiful or extremely interesting. Stay focused on the ride and pull over to take pictures and enjoy the scenery.
If the roads are wet slow down and keep 3 bike distances between you and other vehicles. Be very careful if there is a light rain as this is when the roads are most dangerous.
Assume the condition of the road surface can change at any moment.
Try to avoid driving after dark whenever possible. You are likely to encounter locals driving drunk or with no lights or both!
Be aware that large animals can appear at any time. Slow down when you see them and pass with caution.
Do not honk your horn at cattle as this can spook them.
Do not swerve to avoid chickens or you will hit them every time.
Again, never drink and drive.!!!