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Vietnam Motorbike Tours Prices Guided & Self-guided – Vietnam Motorbike Hanoi Rental


This page is about Vietnam guided or self-guided Vietnam motorbike tours prices. We are not talking about big group tours by bus, train or other means of transport. By far, motorbiking Vietnam has been the best way to experience this country.

As a note, during public holidays, high seasons, special events and festivals the prices of services can be from two to ten times more than the normal prices. Therefore, we normally don’t organize guided motorbike tours during these occasions. Bike rentals for unguided tours are still available but make sure you book before we are on holidays.


You probably heard or knew that Vietnam is a cheap country to travel, but that’s for classic travel like big groups by bus and mass tourism and touristy places. When it comes to small group adventure motorcycling, kayaking, rock climbing etc. which are high-risk speciality adventures then you should allow a higher budget for your travel. This is same everywhere, not just Vietnam. Below are the most typical Vietnam motorbike tours prices that we pay in order to have fresh and delicious food (not chemically frozen food at roadside stores or Chinese products!), comfortable places to stay, good touring bikes and a fantastic trip. You get what you pay for. If you try to save money, people will overcharge you for things or services you don’t know and this is how scams happen.


Bikes in Vietnam are everywhere but there are not many real touring motorcycles, mostly scooters. Most of touring bikes were imported products and 120% taxes make them at least two times more expensive than in your home countries. For example, a legally imported new Honda dirt bike CRF250 costs over 10,000$US in Vietnam while it costs 4,100$US in Thailand where this bike was manufactured. This means it could cost nearly as much as a new Honda CBR600RR in your home country! Therefore, most touring bikes in Vietnam are old and not cheap, except the unreliable Korean or Chinese copycats. Many people don’t know about this until they arrive in Vietnam. If you had a motorcycle rental business in Vietnam, would you be willing to buy 10,000$US 250cc bikes and rent out around 30-40$US/day? Please be realistic, don’t try to be fussy or picky.

Rental prices start from around 10$US/day/bike for new semi-automatic scooters, 15$US/day/bike for 125cc new touring motorcycles and 25 to 35$US/bike/day for 125-250cc dirt bikes (125cc off-road motorbikes are new 2013-2014 models). Our motorbikes are all Japanese Honda products which were made in Japan, Vietnam, Thailand or China. They are not Chinese products.

We have been receiving some requests for Chinese copy of the Honda Win 100cc from tourists who travel on a tight budget. Well, this is very different from what we do and the truth is at this link. You can be more lucky with these Chinese copycats but the big chance you have to pay repair along the way almost every day. In the end, you simply can’t save but lose money! Sorry, we couldn’t help if this is what you want.


Fuel is not cheap in Vietnam because of taxes. We pay more than in the US for fuel and the quality of fuel is better in big cities. Some filling stations, especially at roadsides usually short fill and even put in more ethanol or water! At the moment 1 litre of the standard E5 A92 gasoline costs 19,440 – 19,820 VN Dongs (~86 – 88 cents). If you ride about 200km/day think about 4 – 10 $US/day depending on bikes.


Motorcycle repair is cheap in Vietnam. There are generic Chinese parts and genuine parts. Most shops offer the cheaper ones and you never know when they break down. Only a few mechanics know how to fix manual clutch touring bikes, most only do scooter repairs. When you are on your own, you are likely to pay more because you don’t speak Vietnamese (mechanics don’t speak English) and some dishonest shops may change parts or charge more. Therefore, it’s very important to know mechanic basics to avoid getting ripped off. If you just know how to ride motorbikes then you are not qualified for a self-guided trip!


Hotel facilities in remote areas that most riders want to see are low standards and expensive because they don’t have enough business. In addition, they need to buy products from big cities or shops near them. People do both farm works and tourism in these areas for a living. A comfortable room cost is from 20$US to 30$US/night. There are not many luxury hotels in the mountains. Note that stars of hotels in Vietnam are not the same like in your home country. It’s different here and standards are lower, remember you are riding in a developing country!


Food is cheap because most are local products. However, don’t be surprised if you have to pay higher drink costs in villages than in restaurants or even bars. Typically, a breakfast costs 2-4$US/person, lunch or dinner is around 7$US/person. Drinks is around 1$US each. On our tours, we order fresh and quality local food, not frozen or Chinese products! We try to avoid street food which is either dangerous or not well cooked. Many people thought the food is cheap in Vietnam but it depends on what you eat and the quality of food. We know the difference between good food and dangerous food!


Traffic in Vietnam is dangerous and scary. You can’t travel in a very big group because you may block the road. Riding experience is very important because Vietnamese traffic is very scary. FYI, 27 people die from road accidents every day and most (at least 60%) are motorbike riders!


Local people in the countryside don’t speak much English. It’s hard to communicate or understand their customs, traditions, and culture. An English speaking unlicensed local guide costs about 25$US/day while a good licensed tour guide costs between 50 and 70$US/day depending on the number of riders in your group. Note that our guides are professional bikers and speak excellent English, not easy riders or motorbike taxi drivers!

Most of our customers book fully guided and supported trips and they will be guided by professional and licensed English speaking tour guides. The cost seems high at first but they all enjoy their rides and are in safe hands. We take care of everything and what they do is to ride, relax and enjoy. A professional guide is 4-in-1: handy mechanic / guide / leader / translator. The cost of such a great guided Vietnam motorcycle tour is from just 99$US/day/person (for a group of five riders and 125cc manual road bike). To have more details of our Vietnam motorbike tours prices, please visit this link.

Just contact us with your inquiry and questions about motorbike tours prices in Vietnam and we will get back to you with more details of Vietnam motorbike tours prices or any information you need.

You can watch this video about typical guided dirt bike tours of Vietnam, suggested for intermediate and advanced riders. Without a guide, you don’t likely find these roads!

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  1. Nicholas Reply

    Hi there,

    I hope you can help,

    I would like to book a two day bike tour for Friday 14th April 2017.

    It is just for 2 people and we arrive in Hanoi from England on Wednesday 12th.

    Could you let me know details please.


    • Anh Wu Reply

      Hello Nick. Please check your email for a detailed reply.

  2. Jack Reply

    I wish to do a tour from top of Vietnam to bottom allowing 3-4 weeks. Riding a motorcycle with a tour guide. Probably aiming for July 2016.

    Cost of such an adventure

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Hello Jack. It costs from 130$US/day (bike and guide hire only) to 250$US/day (all inclusive). We offer quality tours, best local food and comfy places to stay, no dirt cheap quality.

  3. Madara Baltina Reply

    Now I and my husband, we start to live in Vietnam and want to buy good, real Honda CRF. Can you please give advise or tell shop where to buy them?

    Thank you, and have a great day!

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Hello Madara. Honda Vietnam hasn’t made that dirt bike in Vietnam and all CRF250L were imported from Thailand. They come with 120% taxes and a new one costs about 10,000$US. We couldn’t do business at this price for a 250cc bike. If you are interested in buying at this price, we could give you the details of a shop that sells this bike.

      • Madara Baltina Reply

        Hi thank you for you answer. Yes, we are interested to buy them. Can you please give us contacts?

  4. mark eastwood Reply


    We are discussing coming to Vietnam at some time. When would be a good time?
    We ride motorcycle here in New Zealand and would like to ride down the coast and drop off at Saigon area do you do drop offs with the bikes (one way)?
    How long should we plan to drive down the coast and see some inland sights as well.
    Also when we decide can we do the liscence arrangement online with you and insurance? before we leave New Zealand.
    Due to our business, our time available is usually only from june to sept so around then would suit us. We also want to go into Cambodia and maybe fly out of Bangkok is this easy to do with papers /visa etc ?

    Hope to hear, Thanks
    Mark and Lisa

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Hello Mark and Lisa,

      This is only possible if you book a guided motorbike tour. We have only one office in Hanoi so one-way motorbike hire is unfortunately not available. Also, we don’t ride cross border so ending anywhere outside of Vietnam is currently not possible. If you want a ride from Hanoi to HCMC (Saigon) then you need about 16 days.

      Driving license

      It’s a complicated question but take it easy. The police rarely stop you to check license unless you do something wrong. It’s more to do with personal medical insurance. You can’t get a local license with a tourist visa, even if you have a business visa, you need a company to sponsor you and wait 7-10 days after you arrive in Vietnam to do paperwork. This means nearly impossible to get a local license and therefore you can’t buy any insurance in Vietnam. If you don’t have a Vietnamese driving license, you can’t purchase any local bike insurance policy for you. Luckily, you can buy a personal medical insurance policy from companies like Allianz, CHI or World Nomads etc. They only request your country driving license. Vietnam driving license is a very complicated issue. Even Vietnam doesn’t recognize any foreign license but you will be ok. We don’t need a license to join our tours or hire our bikes. More details are at this link.

      Insurance on motorbike trip

      The question of having a Vietnamese license actually relates to insurance. There are three types of insurance but you only can get one for yourselves (personal medical insurance), please see more details here.

      Please let us know your thoughts.

      Anh Wu.

  5. Judy Jeffery Reply

    Dear Team, I have swotted and realized that if I want to hire for 5 weeks, visit for only 6 weeks, and be legal and get travel insurance, I have to hire a 50cc only. My other option is to cycle tour, which is tiresome at the least, with the same gear really and not much slower that a 50cc. Can you hire me a 50cc or if not, can I buy one and sell it back? I want a bike first week November and return it about the 10th December approx.
    Thanks for your thoughts and advise.
    Judy Jeffery
    New Zealand

    • Anh Wu Reply

      Dear Judy Jeffery,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      We would like to point out insurance regarding motorbiking in Vietnam.

      First, do you have your home country motorbike driving license? If yes, things are easy.

      The police rarely stop you to check license unless you do something wrong. It’s more to do with personal medical insurance. If you don’t have a Vietnamese driving license, you can’t purchase any local insurance policy for you. Luckily, you can buy one from companies like Allianz, CHI or World Nomads etc. They only request your country driving license.

      If you have no home country motorbike driving license then the only option is a 50cc. Sorry we don’t have any 50cc because it’s too weak. You can buy a new Chinese Super Cub 14 for 1,000$US or 5,000$US for an imported Japanese Honda product. These prices include bikes and registration. Second hand is very old and unreliable but costs just from 200$US. However, we don’t recommend any of these bikes.

      You can also hire riding gear from us for 3$US/person/day and a typical set includes a HJC helmet, gloves, protective clothes or pads as seen here.

      We don’t keep your passport as security deposit but need ID cards or country driving licenses.

      We look forward to hearing from you again.


      Anh Wu,
      Sales Manager.

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