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  • Shannon Wolf | May 4, 2016 11:00 PM ET

    Vietnam’s One-Way Rental Motorcycle Adventures

    Vietnam’s One-Way Rental Motorcycle Adventures

    PHOTO: Without driving a motorcycle around, you miss out on some spectacular sights you wouldn’t see otherwise. (photos by Shannon Wolf)

    With the wind blowing through your hair and your heart pumping with adrenaline, there is no better way to grasp the concept of freedom than to hit the open road, driving across Vietnam on a motorcycle.

    The contrasting landscapes will leave you in awe as you drive the famous HCMC route. From sand dunes to bustling cities, picture perfect mountain ranges to some of the most spectacular coastal drives you'll probably take in your life are reasons enough to fork over money to buy a bike and drive the whole thing!

    However, if you are only in Vietnam for 30 days or under and don't have the time available to bike the whole stretch, I HIGHLY suggest you make it part of your itinerary to do a miniature trip to experience this breathtaking country as I did.

    There is a wonderful option called one-way rental, which yes, costs a little more, but is a priceless experience worth every penny.

    READ MORE: Hai Van Pass by Motorcycle: Pushing Boundaries in a Cinematic Landscape

    The cost varies based on the length of your trip but are also fairly reasonable at Motorvina who had the best prices around with reliable, trustworthy bikes in Saigon, Hanoi, Da Nang, Hoi An and Hue.

    How it works: You rent a motorcycle in the city you're in, leave your bags with the company who will drive it to your destination city while you have the freedom and fun of driving on your miniature motorcycle adventure without any worry of attempting to also transport your things.

    I would highly recommend checking out for your biking routes as Tom has done them all and knows his stuff!

    I personally did the famous Hai Van Pass stretch from Hoi An to Hue due to the cold weather in February up north and it was one of the major highlights of my time in Vietnam. If the weather is in your favor, do the northeast loop, which has been highly recommended by many travelers along the way.

    PHOTO: The driving is chaotic in cities but just look at it as a challenge! 

    VIDEO: Mystical Ha Long Bay

    For newbies, before you hit the road, be sure to:

    • Know some common knowledge on how to drive safely (specifically how to turn corners, as many people injure themselves this way)

    • Know what roads to avoid, such as the notorious parts of Highway 1

    • Know how to fix a flat tire

    • Know what to do if your bike breaks down in the middle of nowhere

    • Carry a working phone in case of emergencies

    • Have an offline map such as

    • Try to find friends to drive with — both for safety reasons and for more fun!

    • Wear a helmet with a visor for when the weather turns bad

    • Wear various layers of clothing for warmth

    • Drive an automatic if you aren’t a confident driver (but only for shorter routes) 

    PHOTO: Met these two in the morning and drove to Ninh Binh to explore all day!

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Shannon Wolf Tales From the Leap

Shannon Wolf Shannon Wolf is a freelance photographer and writer, traveling across the globe with an open itinerary and no intent of stopping. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she left behind a fast paced life to truly live and not just exist in an attempt to inspire others to follow their bliss. At age 26, Shannon has visited 20+ countries on four continents around the world. She has travelled overland by chicken-bus and tuk-tuks, hitchhiked by fruit trucks and through islands on horse and buggy. She has slept in the jungles of Nicaragua, on benches in London, secluded hidden beaches and she’s only getting started.
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