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Three unalterable facts: Yes, you need a Vietnamese DL to lawfully operate a scooter in Vietnam No, a tourist cannot get a Vietnamese DL Nobody, nobody, in Vietnam cares about the above two unalterable facts I rented a scooter in Danang last month. The rental process consisted of me handing over 100,000 đồng (just under $5 USD) and the clerk giving me ...


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Will You Break Even? In my opinion you would be lucky to break even at the end of the trip. The wear-and-tear from such a long journey alone could cause the motorbike to devalue so much as to lose any margin of profit when reselling it. Having said this, why not do some maths? Assumptions For the purpose of this answer I will be assuming the following: ...


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Of course it's legal to ask for anything. It's up to you whether you give it up. Ultimately, they want to get their bike back and in working condition and to be paid for the rental and any damage. A passport is one of the only things a foreign tourist will value enough to ensure adherence to the agreement. On the flip side, the proprietor wants to make the ...


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Without specific permission from a land owner the only type of trail you can use is a Byway. These are strictly speaking roads, but tend to be used primarily for recreation by the public, and are generally maintained as farm tracks. Some are designated as a restricted byway that do not allow powered vehicles. Byways are shown on Ordnance Survey Explorer ...


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The answers above are not only generic, but inaccurate for Thailand. First and most important question is whether you are actually renting a motorcycle ("big bike") or a scooter ("motorbike"). For scooters, you can always leave a copy of your passport. It is not an issue anywhere. But for motorcycles, you pretty much have to leave your passport. There ...


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Where this legend probably got started is if someone purchased a bike not available in the destination country, or had enough celebrity status that the bike can be auctioned as "This is the bike that < Famous Person > rode from Mumbai to Amsterdam". Globalization has all but eliminated the first case, and "it's been done" has eliminated the second. In ...


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The standard "on-the-spot fine" for minor and/or imaginary traffic infractions while white is Rp. 50,000. Indonesians may get away with less, the average bule will need to haggle to get even that low. I'd advise you to reconsider renting a scooter though. First, you do need that license to drive legally, and any insurance you may have is likely ...


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Yes, it is possible to hire motorbikes in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. I haven't done this myself but some friends did. It costs about 200-800 baht per day to hire one depending on the type of motorcycle you get. It might make sense to buy one from an expat or a another traveller, then sell it when (if?) you go back to Thailand. You will definitely need to have ...


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There is always a possibility you will not be admitted. The visa waiver programme is intended for infrequent, short visits Immigration may find two entrances at maximum length separated by such a short space of time suspicious. I suspect you would not be denied entry, but you may be subject to extra questioning on your second entry which could take a few ...


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By law, it is illegal for businesses in Thailand to hold foreigners' passports in exchange for renting them scooters, motorcycles, jet skis or anything else. Under current legislation (Feb. 2013) any Thai business found in possession of a foreign passport will be prosecuted as technically the passport is the property of the government of the country who ...


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Any foreign driver license is valid in Costa Rica for 3 months from the arrival date. It is very important that you carry at the rental time the valid driver license and the passport as the rental agents are required to check and copy the arrival date stamp on your passport. I have 15 years working in the car rental industry in Costa Rica.


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Malaysians love their motosikal and you can easily tour the country by bike without using expressways. For example, for Johor Bahru to Kuala Lumpur, and even onward past Penang all the way to the Thai border, you can use the old National Highway 1. (Tip: do a search in Google Maps, pop open "Show options", and choose "Avoid highways". Here's Singapore to ...


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The information below is from 2015. State of the road The road used to be just one big lane (kind of 1 & a half lane). And it had its share of potholes. So whenever a vehicle came in the other direction, you had to slow down and squeeze to the side of the road. But now, in 2015, the road is being rebuilt. Actually, about half of the road between ...


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Legally to drive a motorcycle in Vietnam you do need to have a Vietnamese driver's license. There are plans underway to introduce the acceptance of IDPs but I have not heard anything to confirm that it is in effect yet (as is the case with many government projects in this part of the world anticipated date and actual finished date are often months or years ...


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Little Bikes are Simple No license is necessary for motorcycles under 50cc, or electric bikes (e.g. Australian Embassy). You may, however, struggle to find such a bike for rental; electric bikes might be possible to get hold of in the big cities, but you're not going to be going on a road trip on one. The Law on Bigger Bikes For bigger bikes, or cars, ...


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You can get an international driving permit from your home country. It is no problem at all to rent motorcycles and cars with that if you have the requirement in your original driving license. While the convention says that you should have your original driving license available I never have done that (could be lost) and I have been never asked for that. So ...


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www.horizonsunlimited.com Is the best place to get information on motorcycle overlanding. Answer I can give you is: it depends where you live. It's easiest to get the carnet in your own country so you're usually restricted by what's available there. I can only speak for the UK, where I was able to get a carnet insurance for ~£1,300 for a £2,000 motorcycle ...


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Presuming that the "M" in your current license refers to the fact you are licensed to ride a motorcycle in the US, then your US license will be good for up to 3 months duration in Costa Rica. If you do not have a motorcycle license in your home country, then you are only legally allowed to ride scooters up to 50cc. If you are going to be in the country for ...


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Leh by road is once in a life time trip. You can go by bike, but you need to take necessary precautions. We did this trip in a car(Toyota Qualis) two years back (2012) and we loved the experience We took the route Pathonkot-Srinagar-Sonmarg-Kargil-Leh We stayed at Kargil for a day While coming back We took Leh - Jispa - Manali with a stay in Jispa Please ...


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The only "differential" accommodation in Spain are the "Paradores Nacionales" (literally "public inns" or "public hotels"). These are a kind of luxury hotels that are property of the Spanish Government and are established in public interest locations. These are not comparable with B&B or "gites" in the fact, these are not-very-expensive luxury hotels ...


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There are plenty of motor cycle hire places in Thailand, when I say plenty, I mean hundreds and thousands of them. Don't book online, just find one when you are there, it will be cheaper and it will allow you to check out the motor bikes before hiring it. If you are ever asked to leave your passport, simply say that you need it to exchange traveler's ...


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The license held restriction is normally required by the insurance companies the rental places use. If you haven't had your license very long, then you're considered a higher risk due to the lack of experience. You should find that some places will have a different insurance policy that can be offered, which would let you ride with your license, but likely ...


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Most places will accept a photocopy along with a security deposit - same with cars. Just need to say you need to do a visa run and need the passport. I live here in Thailand and have never had a problem renting anything from Honda Dreams to trucks. Just make sure you check it before you ride (as there are plenty of damage-scams about) and also pay more for ...


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Friend is currently riding from London to Mongolia. His method (he's in Uzbekistan at present) has been to find hostels / hotels with secured off street parking, meaning he can not only put his own locks on, but it isn't accessible to opportunistic thieves who pass by. So far, so good!


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This is not easily, generally answerable however. Prices in Japan vary heavily depending where you are. Renting a car in Okinawa, Osaka and downtown Tokyo will have quite different prices, same goes for motorbikes. On top of that, as you probably know, bikes vary in spec massively. Since you do not indicate if you want to rent a 50cc or a custom-built ...


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You Need a Permit Whilst renting a vehicle of any kind will require you to be at least older than 18, or 21, depending on the rental company, the Spanish road code states that driving any two wheeler in Spain, regardless of engine size, requires a driver to hold a valid drivers licence for that class of vehicle. Turns out this statement applies to the ...


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Suggestion If you cannot speak Indonesian, it is better for you to be always accompanied with an Indonesian you trust when making any contract. The hotel staffs might be the best choice because they can speak both Indonesian and English. As giving tips is common in Indonesia, just give them about 25,000 rupiahs for a 30 minute task. It should be enough to ...


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Following up on Jpatokal's answer. After staying for a month or so in Bali, I got stopped two times by a police control. Each time they asked for a bribe of 200'000 IDR to let me go. The first time I only had 100'000 IDR in my wallet, they ended up accepting it. The second time I was ready with a dedicated pocket having only 50'000 IDR, and they ended up ...


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The IDP is only valid if you carry it along with your normal license; and there are no restrictions on the license type (in other words, if your normal license is endorsed for bikes, then the IDP will also carry that information). The IDP just acts as a global version of whatever your local license says (its just a translation). Save for some commercial ...



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