When traveling to Saigon, tourists have many choices and styles to explore the city. The first way is to step down the road, immerse yourselves in the bustling flow without any rules of the vehicle. Crowded street is considered the “local specialty” of Saigon. The second way is to take part in the tours that travel companies provide, and visitors will be welcomed by the company’s car to the famous tourist spots in Saigon. However, nowadays, the type of travel that many foreigners choose when visiting Saigon is traveling by motorbike.
Motorbike travel is a familiar experience in Vietnam. Travelers can easily experience this by choosing Vietnam scooter tours. To explore Saigon by motorbike, guests can directly rent one and run on Saigon streets, or simply choose a Ho Chi Minh city motorcycle tour from many service providers.
Tips when renting a motorbike
With the convenience, maneuverability, motorcycles become the means of many visitors when traveling. As a result, motorcycle rental services are becoming more and more popular and can be easily found when visiting major cities or popular tourist destinations.
In Saigon, motorbike rental price depends on the type of motorbike, for example: For the popular brands such as Wave, Sirius, Attila Victor, Novo 3, the price is from 80,000 – 100,000 VND, scooters such as Airblade, Novo LX, Attila Elizabeth range from 120,000 – 150,000 VND, the luxury names such as SH, PS, Vespa is about 200,000 VND.
To save money, travelers often choose the cheapest motorbike rental. However, there are many low cost rental spots but lack of prestige and quality. These rental shops often use old motorbikes with poor quality. You can save a lot when you rent, but it is easy to get into trouble when the motorbike breaks down. Therefore, you should consider carefully, consult the assessment and experience of friends, relatives or find out information on the travel forum before deciding.
You also need to keep in mind things like handbrakes, foot brake, turn signal, lights and mirrors. Before getting the car, should ask the owner to run a few rounds to see if the car has problems or not. In addition, agree in advance with the car owner that if the car has a problem, you have the right to change the car and in case no other satisfies, the car owner must refund you.
Often motorbike rental points will require customers to show their identity card or driver’s license. Ideally, you should leave ID or driver’s license of sitting back person. If you leave your driver’s license while traveling on the road, there is a problem with the traffic police asking you to present it.
If you travel alone, you should have 3 types of documents: driver’s license, passport and identity card. Negotiate with the owner and leave a photocopy of the document or match it with the original. Original documents you will need to use when commuting on the road or renting a hotel …
Last but not least, it is very important to keep the receipt very carefully. Many motorcycle rental shops make the procedure quite simple. As long as you leave your identification you can rent one. However, you should ask them to write a clear receipt with the information: Date of rental and return, license plate number, type of papers they hold. Any information that is clearly written on will help minimize conflicts, unnecessary arguments.
Tips when take a motorbike tour
In Saigon, many travel agencies have focused their services on Vietnam motorcycle tours Ho Chi Minh to attract more tourists. Tourists can easily find many tour operators offering Saigon motorbike tours within a day or overnight trips to the neighboring provinces. Here are top options for tourists.
Vietnam Vespa Adventures
169 De Tham, Pham Ngu Lao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh
This company offers tourists many authentic and unique tours, especially amazing Saigon Vespa tours.
After being welcomed at Zoom café, guests will be roaming on Saigon streets, visiting 3 – 4 street food stalls to enjoy Southern specialties, then drinking coffee and listening to live music. In the stream of chaotic traffic on the legendary Vespa, tourists feel as a part of the city. Vietnam Vespa Adventure is very professional, thoughtful in preparing and organizing the tour, the members are friendly and enthusiastic. Tour price includes food and drinks. Many tourists agree that a Vespa tour Saigon is the most attractive way to discover Saigon.
611/111 Dien Bien Phu, District 3, Ho Chi Minh
XO Tours is the pioneer in Vietnam to organize motorcycle tours by the girls in “Ao dai”. The girls in white ao dai, blue pants, take the foreign guests stroll around the streets of Saigon, visit the famous destinations such as Notre Dame Cathedral, Thong Nhat Hall, Cho Lon … on the motorbikes. This tour also includes taking guests to street food stalls with local cuisine, which is often not frequented by foreigners.
212/2B Nguyen Trai, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Onetrip is a social travel platform connecting world travelers, local guides and university students with each other, having their first tour in 2015. The company offers motorbike tours around Saigon and more trips in Hoi An and Da Nang. Currently, there are four tours in Saigon: The Mekong Delta, Cu Chi Adventure, Student City Tour and Evening Food Tour.
Back of the Bike Tours
68 Nguyen Hue, District 1, Ho Chi Minh
With over 6 years of experience on introducing Saigon and the food here to tourists, Back of the Bike Tours is consistently ranked high among motorbike tour companies. There are four tours to choose from: Saigon Food Tour, Saigon City Tour, Saigon Chef Tour and Saigon Custom Tour. Each one has a different itinerary but still provides a great time for tourists. Experiencing any sight, sound, or smell on the motorbikes through the streets of Ho Chi Minh City is the one od the best ways to experience special food or the sights of Saigon.
For more information about Saigon tourism, please visit Saigon Free Day Tours.