PRICES DURING PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
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 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 special travel like adventure motorcycling, kayaking, rock climbing etc. which are high risk specialty 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!), comfortable places to stay and a great trip. You get what you pay for.
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 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 copy cats. 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 1o,000$US bikes and rent out around 30-40$US/day?
Rental prices start from around 10$US/day/bike for new semi-automatic scooters, 15$US/day/bike for 125cc new touring motorcycles and 20 to 35$US/bike/day for 125-250cc dirt bikes (125cc off-road motorbikes are new 2013-2014 models).
Fuel is not cheap in Vietnam because gasoline is imported. We pay more than in the US for fuel and the quality of fuel is better in big cities. Some filling stations, especially at roadsides usually short fill and even put in more ethanol or water! At the moment 1 litre of the standard A92 gasoline costs 18,130 VN Dongs (~81 cents).
Motorcycle repair is not cheap in Vietnam. There are generic Chinese parts and genuine parts. Most shops offer the cheaper ones and you never know when they break down. Only few mechanics know how to fix manual clutch touring bikes, most only do scooter repairs. When you are on your own, you are likely to pay more because you don’t speak Vietnamese (mechanics don’t speak English) and some dishonest shops may change parts or charge more. Therefore, it’s very important to know mechanic basics to avoid getting ripped off.
Hotel facilities in remote areas that most riders want to see are poor and expensive because they don’t have enough business and things need to be sent from big cities or shops near them. People do both farm works and tourism in these areas for a living. A decent room costs from 20$US to 30$US/night. There are not many luxury hotels in the mountains.
Food is cheap because most are local products. However, don’t be surprised if you have to pay higher drink costs in villages than in restaurants or even bars. Typically, a breakfast costs 2-4$US/person, lunch or dinner is around 7$US/person. On our tour, we order fresh and quality local food, not frozen or Chinese products!
Traffic in Vietnam is dangerous and scary. You can’t travel in a very big group because you may block the road. One thing you may need to know is high road fatal in Vietnam, around 30,000 motorbike riders die every year.
Local people in the countryside don’t speak English. It’s hard to communicate or understand their customs, traditions and culture. An English speaking unlicensed local guide costs about 25$US/day while a good licensed tour guide costs between 50 and 70$US/day.
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. Everything is taken care of and what they do is ride, relax and enjoy.
Just contact us with your inquiry and questions and we will get back to you with more budget details and information you need.