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.
GUIDED / SELF-GUIDED VIETNAM MOTORBIKE TOURS PRICES
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.
TOURING BIKE RENTALS
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 A92 gasoline costs 18,930 – 19,300 VN Dongs (~83 – 85 cents). If you ride about 200km/day think about 3 – 6 $US/day depending on bikes.
Motorcycle repair is cheap in Vietnam. There are generic Chinese parts and genuine parts. Most shops offer the cheaper ones and you never know when they break down. Only a few mechanics know how to fix manual clutch touring bikes, most only do scooter repairs. When you are on your own, you are likely to pay more because you don’t speak Vietnamese (mechanics don’t speak English) and some dishonest shops may change parts or charge more. Therefore, it’s very important to know mechanic basics to avoid getting ripped off. If you just know how to ride motorbikes then you are not qualified for a self-guided trip!
Hotel facilities in remote areas that most riders want to see are low standards and expensive because they don’t have enough business. In addition, they need to buy products from big cities or shops near them. People do both farm works and tourism in these areas for a living. A comfortable room cost is from 20$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!