Is Riding a Motorbike in Vietnam Dangerous?

An extremely common question people ask me is:

Is it dangerous to ride a motorbike in Vietnam?

The answer might surprise you – no.

It’s not really that dangerous to ride a motorbike in Vietnam. In fact, I find it safer than riding one in the US because Vietnamese drive slow AND look out for 2 wheeled vehicles.

Furthermore, Expats that don’t ride a motorbike (or drive a car) are massive pussies.

Thankfully, this is not something you see very much of because most expats know how to ride a motorbike. The non-motorbike riding guys we used to see were almost always tourists.

Anyway, here are some reasons you’re a pussy if you don’t ride a motorbike in Vietnam.

It’s Not That Dangerous

The biggest reason expats and tourists don’t ride a motorbike here is because they beLIEve it’s dangerous.

Fair enough.

It is a little dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Traffic comes at you in all directions, people don’t look before turning, buses and trucks seemingly don’t stop for anyone, bikes stop in the middle of the road, people turn right from the left lane, and the margin for error is small because Vietnamese don’t give you much space.

But it’s really not that dangerous in the city. Drive slow, don’t hit whatever is in front of you, and yield to trucks, buses, and cars.

That should prevent about 95% of accidents. Of course, there is that 5% that you can’t prevent like a truck losing its brakes and crashing into you.

Frankly, everyone who says riding a motorbike in Saigon is dangerous has no idea what they’re talking about and can be ignored.

Tourists don’t know what they’re talking about because of a form of Dunning-Kruger effect, but expats that have lived here for years should know better than to spout that nonsense at me.

I’ve seen little kids, midgets, old people, disabled people, drunk guys, families of four, guys carrying full size refrigerators/sofas/motorbikes, and even a partially blind guy (Ba Ria not HCMC) riding motorbikes or bicycles in Vietnam – it’s not that difficult.

All those factors do explain why it can be a a little dangerous to drive here, though.

Note: I was getting my bike fixed in Ba Ria. The mechanic and I were drinking hot tea while his cute wife worked on my bike (lol). Some old guy on a tuk-tuk pulled up and the mechanic walked over, grabbed his arm, guided him to our bench, and poured him a hot tea

THE GUY WAS PARTIALLY BLIND AND DRIVING A TUK TUK. He couldn’t even find his teacup and almost missed the bench for fuck’s sake. It was sitcom-tier stuff.

Hence the reason that expats that don’t ride a motorbike are massive pussies.

Bribe The Police

Another common reason expats don’t ride motorbikes is because they don’t have a Vietnamese driver’s license…

Do you have 200k ($9) in your pocket?

Good. You now have a Vietnamese driver’s license that is valid everywhere other than that infamous police checkpoint in Mui Ne.

Shit, I got pulled over in District 2 a few months ago, played dumb, and the cops let me go after a few minutes without asking for a bribe.

It really is that in easy in Vietnam. Granted, if you get in a bad accident without a license, then you’re screwed. But #YOLO.

Again, expats should know this. Tourists don’t really how things work here, so they get a free pass on that one.

Women Suck at Driving

Ok. Even the soyest of soyboys knows this one, even if it’s only at a subconscious level.

Women, especially Asian women, suck at driving.

They aren’t as strong, have a slower reaction time, and worse decision making in emergency situations than men.

Frankly, I’ve never met a Vietnamese woman that can handle a motorbike better than myself. Due to that, I always ride the bike with her riding pillion, even if I’m drunk and she’s stone cold sober.

What kind of pansy would allow a creature as delicate as a Vietnamese female drive a motorbike in a Vietnamese city?

two asian girls

Driving a motorbike, like showers and hunting, is the territory of men. Women take bubble baths while thinking of puppies.

Despite this, you still see Vietnamese women zipping around on their Vespa or Honda Lead with some white guy on the back.

I just don’t even…

cuck soyboy

How many times do you see these delicate creatures riding a motorbike with a Vietnamese guy riding pillion?

Pretty much never. The few times you do see this strange sight it’s probably a Viet Kieu that is essentially not Vietnamese.

You’ll also notice everyone looking and smirking at this strange sight. Vietnamese know the score.

To further add to this point, Vietnamese women hate when they have to drive a guy around. They like to wrap their arms around their man or play on their phone while he deals with all the nonsense on the road.

They’re women – their consciousness only looks inward. In other words, they want to look pretty and be bossed around by a guy.

Decision making, like the previously mentioned showers and hunting, is the territory of men.

GrabBike Drivers Suck

If you don’t have your Vietnamese female drive you around, then that’s good. But do you rely on Grab/Gojek bike drivers?


These guys are usually better at physically driving a bike than women – they have better reaction time and handling. Of course, that’s assuming you don’t have 70+ year old grandpa driving you around on his Honda Dream.

However, a lot of these young Grab drivers make terrible decisions because they overestimate their riding skill.

I’m talking about slowly going in front of a speeding truck, causing it to slam on the brakes, swerve, and barely miss pancaking the driver and I.

Yeah, that happened to me on a Grab.

Another time my Grab driver ran a red light and clipped someone’s rear wheel. Thankfully, the other person fell down and we rode off into the mess of traffic as they yelled obscenities at us.

Point being?

Grab drivers fucking suck. You’re better off taking your chances riding your own bike than relying on some of those drivers.


  1. It’s incredibly dangerous to ride a bike here.

    I work at a gov. hospital and the things i see everyday due to road traffic accidents is horrendous. It’s a funny old country-wear a mask or else! But drive with zero due care, awareness, and with absolutely total disregard for road users and nobody seems to bat an eyelid.

    There’s a meme going around called the ‘cone of awareness’ this sums up perfectly the locals on the road here.

  2. I only take grab car like a real ass nigguh, man, than trying to navigate that crazy traffic.

    I remember one time I pulled up to Saigon Center in a nasty blue rolls royce wraith from Grab Car. Cost 2m vnd from my lux apartment place in d7 to d1.

    I walked out with my not ugly vn gf and all of a sudden these loser baggy shorts wearing, crooked neck, awkward, goofy ESL douchebags started staring like they had lockjaw.

    They all 2nd hand bikes and midget gfs under 4 11. Good times.

    1. I remember one time I pulled up to Saigon Center in a nasty blue rolls royce wraith from Grab Car. Cost 2m vnd from my lux apartment place in d7 to d1.

      Of all the things that have never happened, this one never happened the most.

      You work as an English teacher and drive a shitty bike. Guarantee it.

  3. My two cents:
    – Many girls here do in fact love riding motorbike on their own. Especially when they can afford a decent bike. They still suck at driving though.

    – Dear fellow expats: GET A FUCKING DECENT MOTORBIKE. Absolutely disturbing how many long term expats here drive around on a fucking Win/Wave/Future/Dream/Attila. They ain’t save and make you look poor.

    – Wear a decent helmet. No respect for these half coconut shell. Bulldog full carbon helmets are decent if you absolutely don’t want to put up with a chin piece, otherwise go for something like the Zeus 9 helmets.

    – Make sure to stay away from anything that could turn a light crash into a bloodshed with brains spread all over the road. Means: Any of these 3 wheeled transportation bikes (rice farmers don’t know shit about securing their load), children with no helmets, drunk ppl, buses etc. Probably best to keep away from anything if I think about it…

    @Neo. Just tuned in for the first time in a while. It’s all about easy fucks again? I thought big Neo was on a quest to find a decent girl and make some little Neos (not that a bunch of little Neos would be something that the world would profit off…)

    1. yeah people like this stuff more. and it’s more fun to write.

      Dear fellow expats: GET A FUCKING DECENT MOTORBIKE. Absolutely disturbing how many long term expats here drive around on a fucking Win/Wave/Future/Dream/Attila. They ain’t save and make you look poor.

      A decent bike is nice, I guess. I’ve had a POS bike for the past 3 years and it’s fine. Absolutely no one wants to steal it and the cops ignore me. Girls hate it, but idgaf. It’s just a tool to get me from Point A to Point B. Nothing more than that – if it gets stolen or wrecked then I just buy a new one for $100. Or shit, I nearly left it on the side of the road and called a Grab because traffic was so bad lmao.

      I’d rather spend the $1000+ that a nice bike would cost on prostitutes, vacation, or bitcoin.

      I have a nice helmet, though. My helmet is literally worth more than my bike by a pretty big margin.

Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *