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Why does your price seem higher than some others?

We price all of our tours according to the value we provide. Most tour companies have hidden fees and don’t provide high quality services. On a Vespa Adventure, you won’t be reaching for your wallet. Each tour also helps out the local families we work with, who we also help out with sustainable business practices. If you’d like to join more than one Vespa Adventure, contact us and we can help give you a bundled deal.

What if I want to cancel or reschedule my tour? Do I get a refund?

If you’d like to cancel your tour, please contact us via phone or email more than 24 hours in advance. This way we can notify our team of drivers and guides.

If you’d like to reschedule your tour, please let us know more than 24 hours in advance. We don’t charge extra for rescheduling, but letting us know in advance is best so that we can arrange our team for you.

We understand that some circumstances make it difficult to give advance cancellation notice. If you must cancel last minute, please contact us via phone and we will discuss refunds depending on the situation.

 

What does the tour price include?

A better question might be, What doesn't the tour price include? Our day tours include local food, plenty of cold water, our road crew, drivers & tour guide, petrol, and of course, “The Ride Of Your Life!”

 

What’s so special about your tours? Aren’t there lots of scooter tours?

We pride ourselves in providing the most authentic and local experiences available in Vietnam & Cambodia. No matter how many times you do a Vespa Adventure, you’ll always have a unique experience. We always strive to provide the best service, best staff, and best itineraries possible. Seeing the world from the back of a Vespa is much more exciting than from a van or bus, join us to see why!

What’s the price of the single-day tours?

Prices vary depending on the tour and its location. If you’d like to join a few single-day tours, let us know and we can create a bundle deal for you. Children under 12 always receive 30% off of our normal tour prices. You can find a list of our tours and prices here.

How often do your single day tours take place? What time do they start?

Our tours run on a daily basis, rain or shine. Our tours kickoff in the morning, afternoon, or evening depending on which experience you’d like to join. You can find these in Our Tours section. If you don’t see a starting time that fits your travel itinerary, contact us and we can organize a private tour (includes a 50% surcharge). 

Do we drive our own Vespas?

The traffic in Vietnam & Cambodia is best described as chaotic -- although to those who’ve spent years learning the rules --- and there are rules, hard as it may be to believe -- it’s understood as a controlled chaos.

We provide experienced drivers for all of our guests, since we hold safety as one of our highest priorities. However, we understand some of you out there might be Vespa owners and would like to drive. We allow guests to drive on specific tours such as our Glimpse of the Mekong and Hai Van Pass Coastal Adventure. However, contact us directly as we always host a brief driving test to ensure that you (and our team) feels comfortable driving.

What should we bring on the day tours?

We provide helmets, full bodied rain ponchos, plenty of water, and always have a first-aid kit on hand. This means you don’t need to bring much!

We do recommend that you wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and good shoes. For women, we don’t recommend wearing dresses or skirts as it can be uncomfortable while riding on the scooter.

Where do we start the tours?

We provide free pick-up and drop-off from all hotels within the cities we operate. However, if you are coming from a neighboring town (for example, coming from Da Nang to do a tour in Hoi An), then we can help you arrange private transportation at a small extra cost or suggest public transportation. Contact our team if you’re not sure you’re staying within city limits.

 

Is there a minimum number of people we need to book a tour?

Nope! If you’re travelling alone, don’t be shy to book a tour. We run our daily tours as long as a minimum of 1 person has signed up, so this is a great way to either meet people or get a one-on-one tour depending on your booking. If you’d like to make sure your tour group is intimate, you can book a private tour at a 50% surcharge.

 

Are these tours safe for any age?

Whether you’re 7 or 70, our tours are great for all ages! Vespas are extremely comfortable and safe. All of our Vespas have backrests which make it not only comfortable, but also easy to hold onto.

What are your longer tours all about?

Our multi-day tours grew out of Vespa road adventures we used to embark on ourselves from Saigon. We've long known that it’s impossible to truly experience a place - its culture, its geography, its smells & tastes, and most of all its people - from behind the windows of a crowded bus, stopping only where package tours drop off huge crowds of desensitized ‘travelers’ every hour of every day of the year. So we made our trips spontaneous events, believing fully that the journey is much more important than the destination. We bring that same sense of spontaneity and discovery to our tours with Vietnam Vespa Adventures - the idea of letting these trips happen to us, instead of forcing them to fit a set schedule and itinerary.

We typically spend four hours a day or less riding; the rest is open to our guests' whims and suggestions, our guide's recommendations, and to those serendipitous events and happenings that can't possibly be planned. We like to say that at Vietnam Vespa Adventures we have set destinations, but not set tours.

When do your multi-day tours take place? Are they on a set calendar?

There are three ways to book a multi-day tour with us:

1. Join one of our existing, currently scheduled tours (you can find those schedules here and here).

2. Create a new tour date for yourself for which we'll try to find additional passengers, up to a maximum of 8 total travelers

3. Create a new exclusive tour date for your group of less than 8 travelers at a slight additional charge

We have scheduled tours, but we’re also happy to book tours according to our guests' travel schedules. We understand that itineraries can be tight when traveling abroad, and we do our best to work within them. We require a minimum of 4 people for a tour to go forward (unless you book an exclusive tour for fewer than that), but for those booking well in advance, there's rarely any problem with finding additional passengers for a given tour. We can lock in any date with a small 20% deposit, which is fully refundable up to two weeks prior to departure.

What safety precautions do you take?

The main idea of the tour is obviously to have fun, but safety is of paramount importance for us.

On day one of the tour we spend as much time as necessary orienting our guests on the Vespas and automatic scooters. We reserve the right to qualify each rider for satisfactory safe driving ability on these vintage scooters. If we are not fully satisfied with a guest's demonstrated ability, we will provide an automatic scooter in order to assure his/her safety and that of the entire group. (Guests are also welcome to ride pillion behind one of our experienced drivers or behind another guest driving his or her own Vespa. Alternatively, we can also provide automatic scooters for you to drive on the trip instead of Vespas.)

We spend considerable time going over the document we provide our guests entitled ‘How To Drive Safely in Vietnam,’ which explains at length the very different driving conditions to be found in Vietnam and how to navigate them safely. We also provide high-quality full-faced helmets for all our guests.

Our Terms and Conditions make very clear that we expect guests to follow our guide and crew’s instructions to the letter throughout the tour. We are not flexible on this condition.

Because of all these precautions, our accident record is essentially zero. We've had the occasional unavoidable minor mishap but none of our passengers have ever been injured beyond a scrape or two and slightly bruised pride.

It would be false to suggest that our tour is as safe as sitting at home on a sofa and watching the Travel Channel on TV. The name of our company has the word Adventures in it, and an adventure is what we aim to provide -- but in as reliable, secure and comfortable a manner as is possible in Vietnam.

Do I need to have ridden a motorbike with a manual clutch to drive a Vespa?

It's a very good idea to have motorbike riding experience, even better to have driven a manual clutch before (motorbike or automobile). But it’s not strictly necessary. Before departing Saigon, we'll spend plenty of time orienting all riders on the proper and safe operation of the Vespas. We reserve the right to qualify each rider on a Vespa for your own safety. For those guests uncomfortable with driving a vintage, manual-clutch scooter, we will happily make automatic scooters available instead. We take safety very seriously.

What type of Vespa will I be riding?

All the Vespas on our tours in Vietnam are 1960-1970 original, collectible-quality Italian scooters. Each of these classic 150cc motorbikes has been restored to near perfection using original parts. We ride these bikes ourselves every week, and a support crew is available to repair any minor mechanical problem we may encounter.

Are the highways in Vietnam dangerous?

Not with us. There are 90 million Vietnamese people in the country and approximately 40 million motorbikes. The vast majority of those riders are clustered in the big cities, which can certainly make a ride through Saigon or Hanoi a hair-raising experience. But we don't like heavy traffic any more than the next person. Our multi-day tours are well outside these high-traffic centers. And rather than taking the busy (and unsightly) Highway 1, we keep to back roads and non-commercial routes on our trips. This results in not only a much more pleasant and scenic ride but a much safer one.

The condition of the roads is generally fine, but there are occasional rough spots with potholes or sand of the road. We travel these roads almost every week, so we have very good idea where we’ll need to take extra care. Also, our guide in front will always warn passengers before we approach one. Again, your safety is our highest priority.

Do you provide airport/hotel transfer?

Not normally. However, if your group is all arriving at the same time and on the same flight, we can arrange an airport transfer for the group as a whole. A taxi from the airport into District 1 should not cost more than about 150,000 VND (about $7.50 USD)

Can you help us book hotel rooms and/or transportation before or after your tour?

Absolutely. We can make all the arrangements for booking hotels and trains outside the tour.

What do I need to bring?

To begin with, remember that, unlike other Southeast Asia countries, in order to enter Vietnam you'll need to secure your entry visa before you arrive at the airport or border. We'll take care of just about everything you'll need on the tours. But you may wish to make sure you bring some good driving sunglasses, closed-toe shoes, jeans or cargo pants, long sleeve shirts, a light jacket for the hills, and a high SPF sunscreen.

Regarding weather, what time of year is best for your tours?

Anytime is best. We run our tours year-round, as in Southern Vietnam we’re lucky to have a relatively consistent climate all year. The temperature rarely rises above 32 degrees and rarely falls below 22 (at night). Vietnam has only two seasons: wet and dry. In Southern Vietnam, that means that May through October usually get an hour or two of rain every day (peaking in September). November through April, on the other hand, are typically dry and warm. In the Central Highlands around Dalat, it can get quite cool, especially at night. In the wet season, it simply means we may stop for a drink or a snack. It's all part of the adventure! Rain also tends to happen in the late afternoon here, and we're usually at our destination by the time it starts, if it starts. When necessary, we do provide wet weather gear.

Are helmets required on the tours?

Helmets are required by law in Vietnam, and we provide certified, open-faced motorcycle helmets for all our guests.

Do I have to drive myself if I don’t want to?

Not at all. You may choose to ride pillion behind another member of your party or behind one of our crew. There’s also the support van.

What if I prefer to drive an automatic scooter?

No problem. We're happy to provide current-model automatic scooters for those who prefer a less 'vintage' option.

If someone in my group wants to ride pillion instead of driving their own Vespa, can you reduce the price?

Nearly all our costs on the tours go toward accommodating our guests, not the Vespas themselves, which we own. Therefore our rates, which are already a great bargain anywhere in the world, won't be reduced significantly if a guest wishes to ride only pillion with another guest. (This is true also of guests who wish to accompany a Vespa-driving partner by remaining in the support van.)

How far do we drive each day?

We usually drive for no more than four hours (roughly 120-150 km) per day. We stop often for photos, conversation, leg-stretches, drinks, road-side lunch, and almost anything interesting or unusual.

Will I be able to bring my luggage?

Our tours are shadowed by a support van at all times. Guests are welcome to keep their luggage in the van while they're riding. The van's also a popular place for sunburned riders, chatty riders, tired riders, and hungover riders.

Do you assist with return to Ho Chi Minh City for the overnight tours?

Our team will be happy to help guests arrange hotel bookings in Saigon or Nha Trang before and after the tour. We also can help any guests arrange train or flight transportation back to Saigon if necessary. The best options from Nha Trang are an hour flight (about $50 US) or an overnight sleeper berth on a train, which runs about US $24/person, departing around 6:30pm and arriving in Saigon around 5am. From Mui Ne, one of the twice-daily buses ($12) is the best option.

What if we want to bring children on the tour?

We’re happy to have children accompany the longer tours. With parent's permission, they are allowed to ride pillion with a parent, our guide or driver. The rate for children 7-12 years old sharing a room with parents is 40% of the single room rate ($1656) - or $662 each.

Do I need a Vietnamese driving license to drive a scooter or motorbike in Vietnam?

No, you don't need a Vietnamese driver's license. Any official driving license issued by your country of residence is fine.

What about insurance?

Travel insurers will not provide coverage to anyone driving a motorcycle above 49cc in Vietnam without a locally issued licence. However, riding pillion behind any other operator is fully covered. If that condition is an insurmountable concern for you, then we would certainly not recommend driving your own motorbike or scooter in Vietnam - though we're happy to have you join us as a pillion passenger, which many of our guests choose to do.

What is the group size?

Our multi-day tours run with a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of eight (8) persons. Above that it becomes difficult for us to provide the individual level of personalized attention and care that we feel makes our tour so special - though we have done bigger tours and can make special arrangements for them. Tours are often comprised of more than one group, so prepare to make some new friends along the way.

Can we book an exclusive tour that includes only members of our group?

Certainly. One of the things we most like seeing is different groups of travelers meeting for the first time on the tour and becoming friends during this unique shared experience. But we also understand not everyone always wants that kind of shared adventure. Our online booking process will allow you to choose an exclusive adventure for a slight premium.

How do I book a tour?

We require a 20% deposit to lock in a group and date, payable via PayPal or any major credit card (VISA, Mastercard, American Express). The deposit is fully refundable up to one month before the tour if you choose to cancel for any reason. The remainder of the balance is due no later than one month before your arrival in Vietnam.

What does the tour price include?

A better question might be, What doesn't the tour price include?

The Mui Ne Coastal Adventure and Nha Trang Coastal & Highland Adventure include three and six nights (respectively) of hotel/resort accommodation, all food and drink, our road crew and tour guide, a support van, Vespa rental, petrol and several days worth of spectacular scenery and memories to last a lifetime. (Airfare and alcohol are not included).

How do we pay?

A minimum 20% deposit on the total tour cost for all travelers -- fully refundable up to one month prior to departure -- is required at the time of your booking in order to lock in your tour date. The full balance of the tour must be paid no less than one month prior to the date of your arrival in Vietnam.

What if I have other questions?

Please don't hesitate to contact us vie email, Skype, Yahoo Messenger, or telephone:

From within Vietnam: 01222993585 or 0938500997

From outside Vietnam: +84 1222993585 or +84 938500997

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