Want a permit to ride your foreign bike into Vietnam ?

O'Ren

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May 27, 2011
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Singapore
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Pulsar 200
Hi,

I'm planning on entering Vietnam sometime end of June with my Singapore registered bike.
The paperwork for the bike's entry permit costs USD $600 plus possibly some allowance for the guide who's mandatory to have at the crossing.
This cost can be shared by up to 3 maybe 5 bikes, so if you are interested in riding into Vietnam, I'd love to hear from you !

I am not looking for riders to tour in Vietnam with me so you're free to have your own itinerary, although I'd be happy to welcome some company if our routes match :) I have posted this post on several other bikers forum, hoping to find fellow riders who want to take their bikes for a ride in Vietnam 8-)

So if you're looking to ride in Vietnam or know someone who wants to go, please have them contact me: swamp dot lion at gmail dot com - or reply to this thread for a better visibility for all.

It doesn't matter where your bike is from, the paperwork is the same for all foreign bikes to cross into Vietnam.
However, if your bike is not registered in ASEAN, I'll have to investigate a bit more on what's needed.

If your bike is from ASEAN, then you'll need to provide all the bike papers on top of yours and your pillion's if there's one. You know, proof of ownership, driving license, passport, registration papers etc. If you need a visa to get into Vietnam, that can also be taken care of.

I plan to cross at Moc Bai (Cambodia) because it seems to be the preferred border for guides. I don't have a set date yet, so we can discuss it and hopefully find a date that matches all schedules. I can do mid July or end of July if it suits the rest of the bikers better, let me know, we can always talk about it and find something that works out

I have been researching getting a foreign bike to cross Vietnam border for a while now, an there is no escaping having this paperwork done, regardless of the size of the bike, its country of origin or the length of your tour in Vietnam.

Many Vietnamese agencies will tell you that to provide you with the paperwork you also have to get their services (guide, accommodation and meals arrangements ) and that they have to stick with you during the entire duration of your stay in Vietnam. This is not really mandatory, and some agencies just require that you get a couple of additional services from them like booking a hotel or getting a guide to ride with you to the nearest big city (HCMC in this case). Some riders have only used a guide to cross the border and then were on their own.

We can look into these details as soon as I have a small group of bikes willing to cross with me (maybe some of you will want a guide to tag along ?), and I'm happy to answer any questions you might have or get the answers from the guide I contacted if I don't know them.

Just for info, I was quoted prices in the range of USD $1200-1500 for a group of 3-5 bikes, so this I think could be a great opportunity to ride into Vietnam for a lower fee.
 

O'Ren

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May 27, 2011
Location
Singapore
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Pulsar 200
Thanks Phil, Yempaul was actually the one who made it possible for me to get in touch with a guide to get a quote on the above permit.
I found another rider from Singapore who might be willing to cross the border in the same "group" as me, hence splitting the cost in two.
Hopefully other riders, from Thailand or Malaysia, who might be riding to Cambodia or Laos, will be interested in joining us at the Moc Bai border as well to cross together and split the cost more.

All the paperwork can be done remotely via email with the "guide", all we need is agree on a date to meet at the border to cross together :)
 

KTMphil

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Jan 11, 2011
Location
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Bikes
2007 KTM 990 Adventure Suzuki DRZ 400
Ive heard "stories" that a few of the Vietnamese guides are prepared to let you go and do your own thing on the agreement that you check in with them every day as to your location, have you heard any of this?


O'Ren said:
Thanks Phil, Yempaul was actually the one who made it possible for me to get in touch with a guide to get a quote on the above permit.
I found another rider from Singapore who might be willing to cross the border in the same "group" as me, hence splitting the cost in two.
Hopefully other riders, from Thailand or Malaysia, who might be riding to Cambodia or Laos, will be interested in joining us at the Moc Bai border as well to cross together and split the cost more.

All the paperwork can be done remotely via email with the "guide", all we need is agree on a date to meet at the border to cross together :)
 

O'Ren

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Joined
May 27, 2011
Location
Singapore
Bikes
Pulsar 200
Heard people are free to roam and just agree with the guide on a date to meet again for the crossing out of Vietnam.
I wouldn't mind to sms the guy everyday my location if that allows me to feel like a real badass adventurer ! (..we'll see how many days I'll survive before crying for help haha)
 

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