Comments for Vietnam Coracle http://vietnamcoracle.com Independent Travel Guides to Vietnam Sat, 08 Dec 2018 14:47:32 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.6 Comment on The High Roads: Ha Giang→Ba Be Lake→Cao Bang by Tom@VietnamCoracle http://vietnamcoracle.com/the-high-roads-ha-giang-ba-be-lake-cao-bang/#comment-216450 Sat, 08 Dec 2018 14:47:32 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=23635#comment-216450 Hi Koen,

All the reports are that the law for licenses in Ha Giang Province is being taken very seriously. There are some police check points that you can’t avoid, and if you don’t have a license your bike may be impounded. Some riders manage to avoid the check points by leaving before 5.30am, but in my opinion it is not worth the risk.

If one of you is licensed, riding the Ha Giang Loop two on a bike is fine, as long as the bike is in good condition – it needs to be, because of all the steep climbs and hill starts.

I hope this helps,

Tom

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Comment on The High Roads: Ha Giang→Ba Be Lake→Cao Bang by Koen http://vietnamcoracle.com/the-high-roads-ha-giang-ba-be-lake-cao-bang/#comment-216433 Sat, 08 Dec 2018 06:22:34 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=23635#comment-216433 Hi Tom,

At the beginning of your travelguide you mention that since October 31st you should have a Vietnamese or International drivers license to do the loop. Do you have any additional information about this? (How strictly does the police check this? What is the consequence not having an IDL when checked?) We will buy our semi automatics in Hanoi. Will they take the motorbike if we are doing the loop and dont have an IDL. One of us does have an IDL the other doesnt. Would you recommend doing the loop on one motorbike with two persons?

We really like to hear from you soon!

Koen

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Comment on Saigon to Dalat: the ‘Back Ways’ by Mikkel http://vietnamcoracle.com/saigon-to-dalat-the-back-way/#comment-216409 Fri, 07 Dec 2018 17:03:07 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=21157#comment-216409 Thanks for a quick and very helpful response!

Using the train is an excellent idea 🙂

I look forward to hitting the roads!

Mikkel

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Comment on Saigon to Dalat: the ‘Back Ways’ by Tom@VietnamCoracle http://vietnamcoracle.com/saigon-to-dalat-the-back-way/#comment-216341 Fri, 07 Dec 2018 03:19:34 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=21157#comment-216341 Hi Mikkel,

For my advice on bike rental companies see this.

You can ride Saigon to Bao Loc in one day quite comfortably, even on back-roads, if you start in the morning.

Personally, I would recommend mixing some of the roads and routes in the guide above with parts of this guide and this guide.

You could even finish the loop in Phan Thiet instead, then travel by train with your bike back to Saigon – more here.

I hope this helps,

Tom

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Comment on Expenses for a Motorbike Road Trip in Vietnam by Tom@VietnamCoracle http://vietnamcoracle.com/expenses-for-a-motorbike-road-trip-in-vietnam/#comment-216340 Fri, 07 Dec 2018 03:12:46 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=13831#comment-216340 Hi Colin,

At that time of year it’s probably better to travel from Saigon to Hanoi, because of the weather. But in general, March, April, May is a good time to see the whole country.

Tom

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Comment on Expenses for a Motorbike Road Trip in Vietnam by colin dance http://vietnamcoracle.com/expenses-for-a-motorbike-road-trip-in-vietnam/#comment-216338 Fri, 07 Dec 2018 02:46:51 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=13831#comment-216338 Hi Tom,
Thanks for a great site with so much helpful and illustrated information
I am planning my trip to vietnam for 21 days from mid march to early april 2019.
I would like to know your opinion on if it is better to travel from Hanoi to Saigon or Saigon to Hanoi.

Many thanks

Colin

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Comment on Saigon to Dalat: the ‘Back Ways’ by Mikkel http://vietnamcoracle.com/saigon-to-dalat-the-back-way/#comment-216322 Thu, 06 Dec 2018 22:11:43 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=21157#comment-216322 Hi Tom,

Great website and some very useful guides you’ve put together.

I’m planning on doing a Saigon-Bao Loc-Saigon loop this January. I’m unsure how far I’ll be able to go in a day and was hoping you could share some advice. E.g. on day 1 coming out of Saigon what’s a reasonable distance to plan with? I’d prefer to only ride during daylight.

I’ll be on a rented scooter and will stick to back roads.

Also, suggestions for good places to rent scooters in Saigon would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Mikkel

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Comment on Phu Quoc’s Beaches: A Guide by Tom@VietnamCoracle http://vietnamcoracle.com/phu-quoc-beaches-a-guide/#comment-216299 Thu, 06 Dec 2018 16:04:50 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=11139#comment-216299 Hi Philip,

Although I understand your point of view, it’s certainly not my intention to paint a bleak picture of Phu Quoc Island, but rather to represent it as it currently is: which is a confusing mix of large construction and mass tourism but also beautiful beaches, jungles, and quiet, relatively undeveloped corners. I feel I’ve done my best to represent these juxtapositions in this guide, and although I find the rapid transformation of Phu Quoc Island disturbing, I still really enjoy visiting the island and have a lot of fun exploring its many beaches, especially the first few that I’ve outlined in this guide.

Tom

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Comment on Ha Giang Extreme North Motorbike Loop by Tom@VietnamCoracle http://vietnamcoracle.com/ha-giang-extreme-north-motorbike-loop/#comment-216262 Thu, 06 Dec 2018 09:24:53 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=12590#comment-216262 Hi Eddie,

You will still need either a local Vietnamese driving license or an international driving permit (IDP) in order to ride the Ha Giang Loop now. There are reports of a police check point near the beginning of the loop just outside Ha Giang city which is unavoidable. Some riders set off before 5.30am when the check point is apparently unmanned, but personally I don’t advise it. You need a license.

I hope this helps,

Tom

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Comment on Saigon to Hanoi by Motorbike: 5 Suggested Routes by Tom@VietnamCoracle http://vietnamcoracle.com/saigon-to-hanoi-by-motorbike-5-suggested-routes/#comment-216261 Thu, 06 Dec 2018 09:19:27 +0000 http://vietnamcoracle.com/?p=17443#comment-216261 Hi Nathaniel,

The best times of year to ride the length of the country are April-May and September-October. For more about weather in Vietnam and when to go where, take a look at this guide.

Tom

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