Not that long ago, traveling by bicycle was the way to go. Now, with the influx of millions of inexpensive Honda knock-offs from China, $500 gets you a new motorcycle! Everybody has them now.
These women were on their way to a wedding.
For a cheap thrill ride hop on the back of a moto-taxi and ride around town for around $1.
The picture confirms you that this sure is the city of Hanoi. Its where you will see a flood of motorbikes all around. If you dare, rent a motorbike and join the honking parade. I bet it'd be a fun experience.
If you wanna rent one, walk around the Old Quarter. When you spot tens of motorbikes lined up..that is where you can rent one.
Within the town centre you can easily ask people for a ride on their motorbike. This gives them an extra pocket money. For ca. 6000 DONG (US 0,40) you go everywhere whithin ca 4 KM on the backseat. Very fast and efficient. This service is called: SE HOMME, that´s what you must ask for.
Just like other areas of Vietnam, motorcycle is the way to go. Everyone is willing to give a ride to the "rich Westerner," so you never have to wander far until you find a willing driver. It is cheap, usually negotiated down to $1 or $2 per hour. These guys also know where the big tourist sights are so they may take you places you didn't know existed or hadn't planned to visit.
I found it very convenient to get around Hanoi by motobike, but watch out for the terrible traffic! Accidents are very common and it is dangerous!
At almost every shop are 'motorbike parks' with guards who look for the bikes for some dong.
If the bike gets broken, don't worry: Vietnam is very service oriented. Everywhere along the roads you will find someone who offers you repair service. Also 'mobile filling stations' are easy to find.
Just the grade of service is sometimes debatable ;-)
Always lock your bike!
Motorcycle taxi is everywhere in Vietnam and is a good way to get aroud but please bargain with them and agree on a price before you start your journey.
wonderful, funny experience, on the motorbike of my interpreter Hien, into the Hanoi traffic, it's crazy...but so funny to be into the real life of Vietnamese people...