Interested in motobiking independently from Hanoi to somewhere else -- is that feasible?
I\'m interested in renting a couple of motobikes and doing a self-guided tour. I envision this excursion starting in Hanoi, but ideally ending somewhere else, maybe Ho Chi Minh City or Hue.
Is that feasible, as we don\'t speak a syllable of Vietnamese? Is there an excellent chance we will get hopelessly lost? Any danger of encountering landmines, assuming we stay on roads? How are the beaches along the route? Will we be able to find places to stay and effectively communicate with the proprieters?
Your question shows that this is the first time you come to Vietnam. Well it is possible and easily for you to find a motorbike for traveling. All you have to do is depositing some money. However, Traffic system in Vietnam is not easy to be adapted.
You should not worry about encountering landmines, it has been cleared long time ago. The beachs along the road are beautiful on the way from Hanoi to HCM city especially in the Middle of Vietnam. Unfortunately there was a hurricane which destroyed many towns ,villages, houses as well as infrastructure facilities in September. Hotel and Guest house are available every where but you need to ask the price and review the room carefully, make a shortlist before traveling is necessary.
I motorbiked in vietnam this summer. here a few tips for you. people in vietnam dont speak english very well, but if they see a chance to make money they will understand enough😉. you will be fine. and as countryroad said, if you leave a deposit or a copy of your passport you get a bike everywhere. i would not recommend to drive down the coast all the way, because the distances are long and if you loose your concentration you wont survive in the vietnamese traffic, it is quite horrible, especially in hanoi and saigon. i travelled with a bus and always rented motorbikes for daytours. as it is officially illegal for foreigners to rent vehicles, i recommend you always to have a few dollar notes and a pack of cigarettes with you, that way you get rid of the police😊. getting lost can be a problem. i always had a map and a compass with me, so i always knew the rough direction where i had to go and i was fine. the beaches are beautiful, especially around the central highlands (hue, danang, hoi an, etc). dont worry about landmines, all the places that you possibly could visit are clean. finding places to stay is more than easy. if you dont know which neighborhoods are the best to stay, just open your lonely planet. have a good one!