Biking in Saigon or other cities in Vietnam is easier than what you think. Slow down to discover the city!
- Go with the flow. Ride with the traffic. Ride on the right. Ride single file except in areas where it is safe to ride side by side.
- Use hand signals to turn. Keep both hands on the handlebars at all other times.
- Cross at intersections only. Take special care when pulling out between parked cars. Walk your bike at busy crossroads.
- Look both ways at street corners. Watch for cars backing out of driveways. Keep an eye out for cars pulling out of side streets.
- Ride at least 1.5 meters (5 feet) from park cars or taxis. The doors can swing open suddenly.
- Pass bikers and walkers on the left. Ride slowly on busy paths and sidewalks. Walk your bike when they are jam-packed.
- Avoid slowing down abruptly or making any other sudden moves. With the size of our riding groups and heavy traffic, a nasty group spill could occur.
- Use the platform pedals, avoid using cage or clip-in pedals.
- Biking is a great way to discover Vietnam. But before you and the kids rush out and start pedaling, there’s an important factor that you need to consider — safety.
- Your ride leaders or tour guides are trained in first aids and emergency rescue, but to a large degree you must be responsible for your own safety while riding.
- Please follow your ride leaders instructions on all matters related to safety. We highly recommended that you must take out travel insurance before joining the tour. We will take every precaution possible to ensure your safe enjoyment of the tour. Helmets must be worn all times when cycling and insist they are worn during down-hill or off-road. Cycling gloves are also highly recommended.
Crossing the street in vietnam
Crossing the street in Saigon or Hanoi or any other city in Vietnam can be an adrenaline sport to foreigners: The traffic is mad (somebody said that when she was in the tour bus), there are no discernible traffic rules and people often understand their unsaid rules. Here are a few tips:
- Don’t hesitate. Waiting for a lull in traffic is hopeless, so if you want to get across, just go. And when you’re in the middle of the street, don’t stop: Traffic will immediately adjust to you as a stationary obstacle, and you could be stuck for a while.
- Don’t run! Take it slow, walk in a straight line, keep a steady pace, and traffic will flow smoothly around you.