Essential Tips Advice

Passport and Visa:
All nationalities require a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry. You must carry a valid passport, permit, and certificates for the countries which you will visit during your trip. Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the duration of the trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of the correct visas, permits and certificates for your trip.


Vietnam Visa:
All nationalities require a visa in advance, Most visitors to Vietnam need a visa to enter the country. Visas are exempted for the citizens of the countries, which have signed a bilateral visa exemption agreement with Vietnam. Tourist visa may be valid for 15 to 30 days. Tourist visas can only be obtained in Vietnamese Embassies, Consulates, or Online. Get visa online. Here are the Embassies and Consulates of Vietnam worldwide. You should send your application and photos to a Vietnamese embassy or consulate abroad which is most convenient to you. On your requirement, the reply will be returned by post (you must provide stamped envelopes with your name and address).Vietnam-Embassy.


Laos Visa:
A 15-day visa on arrival can be obtained at all airports and all land border crossings. Fees vary depending on country – US$ 42 for Canada, US$ 35 for the USA, UK and most of Europe, and US$ 30 for Australia and other countries. You’ll need a passport photo, an application form (your guide will provide this to you in advance) and US dollars for the visa fee. At land borders you will be asked to pay nominal (US$1-3) overtime, weekend and other various fees, the amount of which varies at each border crossing. A visa issued at a Laos consulate abroad is valid for 30 days. When entering Laos with a visa please, be sure to obtain an immigration entry stamp. Entering the country on only a visa, and not the proper immigration entry stamp, could subject you to fines and/or penalties.


Cambodia Visa:
All nationalities require a visa. A 30 day visa on arrival is available at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap Airports and at some land border crossings, however, we strongly advise obtaining a visa in advance for land crossings due to unstable regulations. You can also obtain a visa online through e-Visa, but we don’t recommend using it for land border crossings. See all Embassies and Consulates of Cambodia aboard see this page
♦ E-visa can not be used at the Vietnamese and Cambodian border
♦ A tourist visa is valid for a single 30 day stay. You must specify your arrival date when applying for a visa and it will be calculated from this date.

Cambodia Visa fees is US$30 https://www.evisa.gov.kh/


Travel Insurance:
We strongly recommends that you get travel insurance before your departure. You should arrange your travel insurance before you go. Before the trip starts, our bike guide will meet you at your hotels and begin with a brief introduction: to inform you the how is your trip going in general. How to ride safely on different terrain routes, concrete paths, single track and mixed terrain hilly country back roads. You will be well-informed with some tips that could make your riding more comfortable, to help your travel more easier! Something you should prepare for your travels more easier, more fun, safe and interesting.


Luggage:
Lightweight suitcases - will go into A/C van or compartment of minibus. All of your luggage will be carried by a support vehicle. Small bags: day bags to contain personal things that you can use .....journey camera and Go Pro, sunscreen,


Electricity:
Double-insulated Plug-in, 220V


Cycling gear and clothes:
Bring your own cycling shoes or sneakers, shorts, pedals, cycling meters, camelback, cycling shirt and shorts. Also, many people prefer to bring their own seats (saddles) seat posts, pedals, and helmet, especially for long trips. If this is the case with you, be sure to bring these items. We advise you to bring your own water bottle for a long trip. Handlebar Camera Mounts & Water Bottles: We suggest that you bring your own camera handlebar mounts and water bottles with you for long trips


Things we provide on tours:
Handlebar bags, ice boxes, facial wet towels, fruit, snacks, mineral water, soft drinks bikes, spare parts and spare bike, helmets, bottles of water, first aid kits, tool kits, pumps.


For long bike trip:
We encourage you to bring your own helmets, gloves with you on trip. 
Note: We should not encourage you to use pedal cliples on cycling trip to Mekong Delta. Its because most of routes in the Mekong Delta are footpaths, dirty track through villages, countryside


Money: Vietnam đồng
There are two types of bank notes in Vietnam, both cotton and polymer, with various values and designs currently in c. The lowest value of bank note in Vietnam at present is VND 1000 (around 5 cents), and the highest value is VND 500,000 (around US$23). Bank note in Vietnam has two sides which often carries national symbols. The front side of all bank notes contains the image of President Ho Chi Minh 

Money bills: VND$500.000 is around US$22; VND$200.000 is around US$9; VND$100.000 is around US$4; VND$50.000 is around US$2.3; 


The rules of roads

Here is something you need to know before your adventure trip with Vietnam Backroads

Country roads are very narrow and bendy. Many forks and cross-roads in rural village but there is not any traffic signal and traffic sign. Small concrete bridges have no rails and holders. Bicycle, mopeds and motorcycle are main means transport in rural areas. Women and kids are very slowly riders but men and teenager riding too fast. The handle bar is too long in comparison with the width of paths/, paths.

01 - Do not ride to close front rider

02 - Never block the path/road when you had stopped

03 - Do not ride off concrete paths. It’s really deep and you could get a fall.

04 - Ride with the traffic on small back road! Please, ride on the ride side of roads and stay on single line. Do remember, you are in Vietnam, not in UK.

05 - Ride on a single line on country roads is save

06 - Whenever you stop to capture photos or any reasons. Do not stop so quick, say louder; stop, stop… so that cyclists coming up from behind, they could hear you clearly so they could stop in time or they could pass you on your left hand side. Once you stop, please, placed your bike on one side of road as not to block the traffic (country roads are too narrow)

07 - Do not take photo when cycling

08 - Do not turn your head when you are biking

09 - Many narrow wooden/ concrete bridges have no rails and holders; you should walk better than ride! Path, track and country back roads are also very bendy. You should ride slowly and keep riding on right side to avoid bicycles, moped come from opposite direction. 

10 - If wooden and concrete bridges are too small, narrow without rails and holders! Please, get off your bike and walk over.

11 - Most of bridges in countryside are very high in proportion to its length so that boats could get through. (Bridges are not too long but too high). You need to balance your riding on your bike by moving your body rearward when you ride on bridge slope. (go down from the top of bridge) Do not use the front brake. Front brake is the left hand brake

12 - Once you noted that some mopeds coming up from behind! Please, do not turn your head back, keep cycling slowly and stay on the right side of paths/country back road. Locals who riding bicycle/ mopeds have more space/ room so they could pass you (front riders) safety on your left hand. 

13 - How to safely pass a local riding a bike/moped in front of you. 

14 - Sometime you coming up from behind of local riders who riding their bicycle or mopeds very slowly in front of you and they are  also ride in the middle of narrow path/ track. It’s really hard and very difficult for you to pass them! In case of this, you should say louder “WA…WA… WA… (I’m passing you) other word is “ZO…ZO…ZO”. Then you can see locals on bikes/moped begin slow down and they keep riding on right side as to give you more space/ room so that you could pass them easily and safety on your left hand.