Hanoi Lucky III Hotel

No.47a Ngo Huyen, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam

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Buying a trails bike in hanoi,

by tommyowen

In October 2010 me and two mates are travelling through Vietnam,
Can any one help me? were looking for 3 trails bikes good enough to get us through the country from the north (Hanoi) to the south and through Cambodia into Thailand to Bangkok,
Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Re: Buying a trails bike in hanoi,

by Michael12292


I dont want to put you of but driving any form of transport in Vietnam without a Vietnamese driving licence is illegal an international licence is no good, so if you do do it be prepared for the bribes to the police

Re: Buying a trails bike in hanoi,

by tommyowen

could we do a bike test ?

Re: Buying a trails bike in hanoi,

by hientonkin

buying bike: keep following on www.newhanoian.com to see all the updates of selling and buying stuffs in Hanoi, and there are a lot of ads about selling bikes.

or contact Flamingo travel to organise you bikes.

A lot of my foreigners friends rented bike and went all over the country and to Cambodia and they didnt have any problem with the police cause police here do not speak English, after a while, they just got fed up with you and if you keep talking, they will be embarassed cause they dont understand a thing you are talking about... and they will let you go :)

or you can contact Explore Indochina for a more fun and proper bike trip with a tourguide going with you and if there is any problem with the bike, they can fix it. Explore mostly uses Minsk.

In Hoi An, there is Hoi An motorbiking that offer loops trip in the central part and go to Laos too, but if you ask for a longer trip, i think they are willing to do that.

Of couse, driving motorbike will be risky in Vietnam but once you are up to it, a trip of Ho Chi Minh trail down south sounds fascinating.

Re: Buying a trails bike in hanoi,

by hientonkin

and no bike test.

You have to have residence card to take bike test and a infinity patience with the people in Ministry of transport.

Re: Buying a trails bike in hanoi,

by phantuyetmai

Let's contact the Hanoi office of Gia Linh Travel for a Trek Mountain Bikes renting. They also operate various cycling tours from North to South of Vietnam and vice versa. Their specialist tour guide is so helpful. He can lead you through good biking trails which have less traffic, support you and solve all the unexpected problems or difficulties. Have a nice time!

Travel Tips for Hanoi

Old Quarter

by SirRichard

All the area around Hoam Kiem Lake is nkown as "Old Quarter" and is a charming noisy narrow alleys laberynth in which you can easily get lost....

In fact, the best way to know the place is to get lost in it!! When U R completely lost, U just hail a motorbike and tell him to take you to your hotel or so (less than 1 USD). The Lonely Planet guide has a "Walking Tour" itinerary by the old quarter, but I tried to follow it and got lost, LOL

You will find many old shops, souvenirs, restaurants... here.

Touring Vietnam by Bike

by bpacker

If you're a serious biker like my hubby, chances are, you would have asked if it is possible to tour Vietnam by bike. The answer is yes! And the best bike to do it over here is the classic Russian Minsk. There are some minsk bike clubs over here and they have gatherings where tales of adventures are swapped . So, if you're keen to do this, I suggest you find out more by clicking on this site :

The Minsk Club

Touring Vietnam is not without risks, the terrain is probably unfamiliar to you and the road sucks compared to first world countries. It's better to do it with a guide and with insurance, of course. Ask the club for recommendations. Better to bring your own full-face helmet here, you wouldn't want to wear someone else's stinky helmet, right??

Hanoi:Temple of Literature

by bpacker

Look out for the 82 stone plaques placed on tortoise shells if you're in the Temple of Literature. Some of these structures are more than 500 years old and they bear the names of some really smart people who managed to scrape through the Emperor's gruelling examinations. Yes, you'll find the names of 1,306 PHD students written in classical Chinese there..

Ever notice each tortoise bears different 'facial' features?

A must do thing in the evening

by Willettsworld about Water Puppet Theater

Water puppetry is a tradition that dates back as far as the 11th century when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. The puppets are made out of wood and then lacquered and the shows are performed in a waist-deep pool. A large rod supports the puppet under the water and is used by the puppeteers, who are normally hidden behind a screen, to control them. Thus the puppets appear to be moving over the water.

The puppets "act" out various Vietnamese folklores and folk tales that have been passed down the generations with stories such as harvesting, fishing and of festivals. A traditional Vietnamese orchestra provides background music accompaniment. It's a fantastic show which you simply have to come and witness as there's nothing like it. I was lucky enough to get front row seats and so really enjoyed it, except that you can get wet sitting so close to the pool!

Performances start at 15:30, 17:00, 18:30, 20:00 & 21:15 and tickets cost either 40,000 VND or 60,000 VND, depending on where you sit. You can book these at the theatre's booking office. You can even buy the puppets from some nearby shops, but make sure you haggle the price down!

"I have moto-bike!"

by Etoile2B

The Vietnamese population thrives on riding motorbikes, and Hanoi is no exception to that rule. While visiting, tourists are privy to a constant stream of “motobike, motobike” as they walk down the street. So finding a ride around town is never difficult. It’s quite an experience to take one of these two-wheeled rides around town. It always feels a little like you’re taking your life into your own hands. But what a thrill! If you’re walking, take care as you cross the street because these bikes have the right of way. I recommend getting a birdseye view of the traffic to learn the ebb and flow of it all. It’s got it’s own kind of beauty.


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