As you will find out, the motorbike is the most popular mode of transport within Vietnam, especially in Ho Chi Minh City where you will find millions of motorcycles. It is the best way to get around the city. There are many companies where you can rent a motorbike in Ho Chi Minh City, we choose a few of the most popular ones.
Having experienced renting a motorbike in Vietnam for over 11 years, it is important to make sure you pick the right motorbike rental company in Saigon. There are many who are very professional, ready to take your distressed phone when your bike has broken down at 10pm and get you back on the road. There are also those who take your money at the beginning of the month and if you have a problem, well, you are on your own!
What are the procedures when renting?
Depending on the rental business, duration of the rental and the type of bike you plan to rent, the procedures are different. For example, usually, if you are staying in a hotel and want to rent a motorbike from the hotel for under a week, the hotel usually will not need a deposit, instead they will hold your passport.
However, If you rent direct from a motorbike rental business, you will need to give either your ID/Passport or a deposit of money. Many rental shops will accept a valid identification or even a copy of the passport, with a smaller monetary deposit.
You must be careful checking your bike before rental. You should make sure that all the lights, indicators, horn and basic electrical functions are working before you leave. Also, you can even have the bike checked by a local mechanic to ensure that it’s in good condition for just a small fee if you are planning to rent longer term
Finally, and most important – always wear a helmet when riding a motorbike in Vietnam, not only is it the law but it will ensure your safety! Do not rent a bike with a business who provide you with a very low quality helmet, and if you are renting long term, invest in your own!
Below you will find a some of the most popular and recommended motorcycle rental business in Ho Chi Minh City.
Address: 185/30 Phạm Ngũ Lão, Phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh
Renowned for her honest, friendly and satisfying service Chi’s Cafe is the place for you if you are staying in the backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lau. Ms Chi is a very well know face among the expat community, she has rented bikes out for many years and offers a very high level of service. Her customers include both travelers and long term epats.
Address: Sarimi Condo, B1-B2 Towers, B2-00.01 Sarimi Building, Ward, Nguyễn Cơ Thạch, An Lợi Đông, Quận 2, Hồ Chí Minh.
Tigit is a very professional motorbike rental company, offering bikes for day rentals, long term rental and off-road long term travelling exploring around Vietnam. They have a great reputation for offering safe and reliable motorbikes that are in good quality condition.
If you are expat looking for a reliable long term rental, they have many options available to you and are renowned for their quality after service.
Saigon Scooter Centre
Address: Address: 151 Lương Định Của, P. Bình An, Quận 2, Hồ Chí Minh
Saigon Scooter Centre has been around for nearly 20 years and they have a huge amount of experience in renting bikes. One of the benefits for tourists is that you can choose drop-offs throughout the whole of Vietnam, making them an ideal option for those looking to travel around.
Here is their promise to you:
- All clients will be provided with well maintained vehicles in excellent condition.
- We will provide you 24 hour support and assistance for any emergency.
- Free delivery and pick-up upon request.
- If at any time your motor bike does happen to fail, we will immediately send a replacement vehicle to you
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