Motorbike Riding the South of Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City is the human epicenter of south Vietnam, as well as its satellite cities of Bien Hoa, Binh Duong and Vung Tau, which is a popular destination for motorbike riding. The Mekong Delta boasts large cities as well, especially Can Tho, famous for its floating market.
A major destination for many riders is the Mekong Delta. Roads through lush greenery cross countless rivers and canals, lending a truly tropical feel to the ride. Here can be found some of the richest agricultural lands in all of southeast Asia, and although the region is thoroughly peopled it’s easy to feel off the beaten track here.
Another popular destination is the central highlands, especially the hub of Da Lat. A steep increase in elevation from the lowlands produces an almost alpine feel in places, with pine trees as evidence of the cooler weather. Much of Vietnam’s produce is grown here, especially produce that requires cool temperatures. Rides through the area can give spectacular views over sweeping, forested valleys.
The south is thoroughly tropical in that it never gets cold. Temperatures in this region rarely, if ever, fall below 20 degrees Celsius. Inhabitants of this region joke that there are three seasons: hot, really hot, and rain. All of these seasons are quite suitable for adventure riding.
The period from December through March sees generally beautiful weather, with temperatures hovering in the mid to upper 20’s celsius. April and May get hot, with temperatures occasionally climbing to 40 degrees. Storms to break the heat begin anywhere from May to June, which marks the beginning of the rainy season. Rain truly picks up in September, with September through November being the rainiest months. Storms in the south are awe-inspiring, with dramatic clouds and numerous lightning strikes.
Riders would be remiss to not include the south in their itinerary. Its diverse offerings and exotic feel found in the countryside lend themselves to a truly unique experience.