What to bring on your Vietnamese motorbike tour(s) is one of the most common questions we received. On this page, we will try to cover as much as possible.
As you probably know, Vietnam is a tropical country and we have four seasons in a year. This is correct in the Northern part of the country where we are based. Below is a list of what to bring on a Vietnam motorbike tour. Please check and decide for yourselves what you really need.
In conclusion, please look at the photo at the bottom of this page and just ride with minimum luggage.
Spare ignition keys, a puncture repair kit and/or install tire sealant, a tool kit, some spare inner tubes, spark plugs, and brake shoes. We will provide these when you collect your bike(s), a typical set weighing 3-5 kg.
Easy to find ATMs and hotels accept them. In Vietnam, cash is still the best!
You know what you need. Tablets and pills are available in Vietnam, most without prescription but bring what you know best or are used to is a good idea.
Duck Tape & Super Glue
These are not easy to buy in Vietnam.
Sunglasses and/or Reading glasses and/or spare glasses.
Touring Maps & Guides
Buy what you can from your home country, in Vietnam maps are not so detailed and clear.
Bring a basic phone or an unlocked smartphone. SIM is cheap in Vietnam and in addition pre-paid cards are easy and popular. Remember to bring your phone charger!
Tie Down Strap
Vietnam uses basic rubber elastic straps. If you have cargo nets or better straps with a hook, bring them with you.
With empty memory card or extra cards, and batteries/charger. Recently, smartphones are so good at taking photos so you may think about bringing one and leave the camera at home.
Anything you can buy to protect from the UV.
Vietnam has many lakes and rivers, swimming is good when it’s hot.
Sizes in Vietnam won’t fit you, take yours is a good idea. If not, buy local ponchos. Rain jackets and pants are too small in Vietnam!
Lightweight and warm/waterproof gloves.
People wake up very early, around 5am. Also, animals will make noise.
Balaclava, T-shirt, socks & underwear, long-sleeved shirt, turtleneck shirt, extra jeans, light jacket, leather chaps, zip-lock bags, riding boots, bandannas, and goggles.
Like basic toiletries, emergency cash, medical devices (if any).
First aid kit, emergency contact number, list medical conditions, list medications, and a flashlight.
Small towel, bath towel, and trash bags.
Just contact us if you have any suggestions or ideas of what to bring to add or want to know about the current road and weather conditions.