When you see the way and style of driving in Vietnam for the first time, confusion and frustration overcomes you. You can’t comprehend how it’s possible to be driving the car in this country at all, not mentioning the motorbike riding. Brownian motion that consists of different vehicles seems complete chaotic, and looks quite dangerous not only for your nerves, but health in general.
Nevertheless, there are some people who for 3, 5 or even 10 years have been driving cars. They don’t want to switch to less expensive vehicles such as motorbikes despite of the fact that the petrol isn’t that cheap in Vietnam, it’s over a dollar already.
The question is – why would expats who come to Vietnam to pass the winter cold prefer four wheeled vehicles?
First of all, it’s convenient. Going with family by car is safer and more comfortable.
It would be easier and more enjoyable going by car than by motorbike, especially when there’s a big group of people traveling together who want to visit the nearby places of interest or go to nice resort towns such as Mui Ne, NhaTrang or Vung Tau (the distance between all of them is about 200 km). Hiring a car means you wouldn’t depend on the driver, time of departure or arrival to a certain places. Also transportation of special equipment for surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing would be much easier.
Second of all, this is your safety. If you aren’t an experienced in riding scooters or motorbikes in Vietnam, then renting one in a resort town isn’t be a smart idea. Foreigners on the roads aren’t treated any differently to experienced Vietnamese drivers, so in case you get in an accident – that could ruin your whole vacation.
And third of all, the number of cars on the roads is comparatively small, that’s what makes driving a car in resort places such a pleasant thing. Also consumption of petrol wouldn’t be high because all the interesting places are located close to touristy epicenter.
And the last important point is of course getting a driving license. To get a license for “A” category to be riding a motorbike in Vietnam, you have to at least pass a driving test and at most oral speaking test in Vietnamese. To get a license for “B” category one needs to have an original driving license and passport for traveling – 7 days later the driving license will be ready.
For people who are coming to Vietnam for 10-14 days it would be the best to be going by taxi, but if you wish to stay in Vietnam longer than that and get to know the country a bit more, then you’ve got every reason to get Vietnamese driving license and drive around comfortably.