With 40% of Millennials choosing their vacation destination based on its Instagram appeal, it’s no wonder that Vietnam is such a popular choice.
From its caves to its waterfalls, the lakes to the bustling markets, more and more millennials are keen to explore this country, and a motorbike trip is the best way to do it.
Two wheels can give you the freedom and flexibility to get up close to Vietnam’s sights, sounds and even its tastes; after all, Ho Chi Minh City ranked 4th among the best cities for street food in a recent survey. It’s time to get in gear.
Before you take to the road, there are a few essentials to put in place. First, as stated on the Vietnam Government’s portal,you will need an International Driving Permit or Vietnam Driver’s Licence. The speed limit is 40 km/h in urban areas, and 60 km/h on rural roads or highways. The law also specifies that no more than two people per bike are allowed, and helmets are mandatory, so ensure that you and any fellow travelers are equipped with protective safety clothing that fits properly before you set out.
A Northern adventure
From Hanoi, it’s a fairly smooth ride north to Mai Chau’s dramatic cliffs and lush green rice fields, and then on to Nghai Loa, Than Uyen and Sapa with its picturesque lake, hiking trails and Cathedral. Arranging overnight homestays in Sapa gives you a chance to make new local friends – your bike is handily convenient to store wherever you stay – and the waterfalls and streams of Mung Hoa Valley are an Instagram dream. Finally, make sure you have the correct permits and ride on to Ha Giang with its stunning Ma Pi Leng mountain pass, and into the Dong Van Garst Geopark for some of the most breathtaking views Vietnam has to offer.
The Spectacular South
Of course, the south is bursting with treasures too. Your bike can soon take you down to the caves of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park (including Hang Son Doong, the largest cave in the world), and the idyllic village of Phong Nha. From here, join the Ho Chi Minh Highway, feeling the breeze on your face as you traverse your way through forests and jungle for an experience like no other. While you’re exploring the south, the beautiful Pongour Waterfalls need no filter, and the red and white sand dunes in Mui Ne are a photographer’s dream. It’s also worth making time for Chi Thanh, a ride away from the usual tourist trail, and home to Ganh da Dia’s stunning ocean vista.
With majestic mountain ranges, vast waterfalls and bustling cities with delicious street food, Vietnam is an Instagrammer’s paradise. Taking two wheels gives you access to parts of the country you might otherwise miss, so don’t delay. Vietnam’s caves, crafts and culture will bring a color and joy to your Insta-feed; and who knows, you may even inspire a fellow traveler too.