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  1. Ada
    January 7, 2019 @ 12:47 pm

    Ive always dreamed to travel around Asia on a motorbike, the problem is I’ve never been on one so I would probably have some accident right away! 🙂 But it sounds like an incredible adventure! I cant believe in those scams tho, it’s so sad that people try to make so much money from tourists and travellers who had to saved up for the trip of their dreams. Great post

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    • dankiteski
      January 8, 2019 @ 9:43 am

      It’s not that hard, Ada- I didn’t have a lot of experience either. And yeah, one can never be too careful when it comes to tourist scams in this part of the world 🙂

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  2. Nancie
    January 7, 2019 @ 6:07 pm

    I can remember how terrified I was crossing the street through a sea of motorcycles in Hanoi. Thankfully, I lived to tell the tale 🙂 Your post does a great job of painting the full picture. Personally, I hope that travelers will not ride illegally. I have seen so many people injured on bikes. I would be more worried about paying the hospital bills than a ticket at the police station or a pull-over.

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    • dankiteski
      January 8, 2019 @ 9:45 am

      Thank you, Nancie. Indeed, there are a lot of motorbikes in Vietnam and one can never be too careful when riding around. Sure, it seems scary at a glance but once you try it and go with the flow, you’d see that motorbiking in Vietnam isn’t that dangerous 🙂

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  3. Jane Dempster-Smith
    January 7, 2019 @ 8:30 pm

    Great article. I think I would be a little nervous riding a motorbike in Vietnam. Your article is very comprehensive it could be a consideration. Great photos. A great tip re maps.me I only have used Google Maps.

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    • dankiteski
      January 8, 2019 @ 9:45 am

      Thank you, Jane, I’m glad you liked this post 🙂

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  4. Amy Chung
    January 7, 2019 @ 11:29 pm

    Man, you are super brave to travel Vietnam on a motorbike! Those cross sections in the cities are so scary and people tell me to “just cross” when you’re on foot and everyone will weave around me. So true about Vietnam having 2 regions and differing climates. We experienced just that and had to pack extra clothes. And interesting fact about illegal riding and the cops and keeping your keys in your pocket! This is a really informative post and you’ve inspired me to go back to Vietnam again…. not on a bike though! LOL.

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    • dankiteski
      January 8, 2019 @ 9:47 am

      Thank you, Amy. I know the number of motorbikes in the street is scary but riding in Vietnam isn’t the horror it appears to be 🙂 I’m glad to hear this post inspired you to visit Vietnam again 🙂

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  5. Sandy N Vyjay
    January 8, 2019 @ 1:56 pm

    Vietnam is a lovely country and the rural region of the country I understand it pretty untouched. Driving through the countryside on a bike would be the stuff of dreams. But of course, there are so many practical aspects to consider. Your post is a wonderful guide for those looking to take up this adventure with its wealth of information. The information about the license is really very vital.

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    • dankiteski
      January 10, 2019 @ 11:37 am

      Thank you, Sandy- I really appreciate it.

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  6. Sinjana Ghosh
    January 8, 2019 @ 7:14 pm

    Wow this is interesting! Routing Vietnam in a bike would be a great idea. Nice to know the details about getting license, avoiding common scams and knowing the road names. Very informative and interesting.

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    • dankiteski
      January 10, 2019 @ 11:40 am

      Thank you, Sinjana. I’m glad you liked it.

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  7. David
    January 8, 2019 @ 9:57 pm

    This is a really informative post. I’ve always been tempted to hire a motorbike in Asian countries but been quite apprehensive. Interesting to note that there are times where you can be driving illegally though so always worth a look

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    • dankiteski
      January 10, 2019 @ 11:52 am

      Thank you, David and I hope you experience this adventure in the future.

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  8. Shreya Saha
    January 9, 2019 @ 2:15 am

    That is a crazy adventurous trip you had in Vietnam – you got a bike to explore the whole country! I know many biker friends who travel places by bike. This would be a great plan for them. I am scared of bikes in Vietnam. When in Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, I remember noticing only bikes on road. I didn’t know that they don’t need license for bikes up to 50 cc. That’s a good information from you. Also, your tips are very important. I agree that maintaining a bike is a good investment to keep it running to explore the whole country.

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    • dankiteski
      January 10, 2019 @ 11:52 am

      Thank you, Shreya and I’m glad you could get some useful tips from this post.

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  9. Jason Mullin
    January 12, 2019 @ 4:18 am

    Something I’ve wanted to do for a while now and know I will when I finally return to Vietnam. So far, I’ve only driven sections of the beautiful country!!

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    • dankiteski
      January 15, 2019 @ 11:02 am

      Thank you, Jason and I hope you do it someday

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  10. Nicole Garaham
    February 7, 2019 @ 6:56 pm

    This is one very well-researched article. You just got one new regular visitor to your website for new topics. Keep up the Good Work!
    Nicole Graham

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    • dankiteski
      February 7, 2019 @ 9:04 pm

      Thank you, Nicole- I really appreciate it.

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  11. Myanh Hoang
    February 12, 2019 @ 11:19 pm

    Good evening. Thanks for this info! Love your blog!. Myanh Hoang

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    • dankiteski
      February 13, 2019 @ 10:08 am

      Thank you, Myanh- I really appreciate it 🙂

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