Saigon's motorbike and car traffic doesn’t really flow so much as swarms and lurches in waves. If you travel to Vietnam, you would do well to leave everything you learned about traffic rules and etiquette at the airport departure gate of your home country. Officially, and in theory, you drive on the right side of the road, although in practice that is not always the case. Allow right-of-way to any vehicles larger than your own. Think carefully before riding at night as many motorbikes have broken lights. Certain times of the day are busier than others, especially during morning and evening rush hours when it seems as if the entire population is on the move. Helmets are mandatory for both driver and passenger.
To rent a motorbike you will need to provide a passport, sign a rental agreement or pay in advance. If you are living in Vietnam, you may be interested in long term rental. The renter may require you to leave your passport or a cash deposit equal to the motorbike’s market value. Make certain that your rental motorbike is roadworthy and has functioning brakes, lights, etc. The rental price is dependent on the type of bike. Two main types of motorbike available to rent are twist and go scooters or four-speed motorbikes with semiautomatic gears. It is a good idea to park your motorbike at an attended parking lot to diminish the chance of theft. Just make sure to keep your parking ticket. If you lose it, you will need to verify ownership of the bike, which means contacting your rental place.
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