This is a short guide on how to go about renting a motorbike in Hanoi. Keep in mind that things change with time, places or prices listed here were true at the time of writing.

Your Guide To Motorbike Rental In Hanoi

Should you rent a motorbike in Hanoi?

Don’t take this question too lightly. If you are not an experienced rider and want to ride around just for fun then be very careful. Exhaust pipe burns, scraped skin and hospital visits are not fun.
Yes, the traffic in Hanoi is not as busy as in Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi but riding here is still a challenge. It is even more challenging when it is wet, windy or when the roads are extra busy during national holidays.
The cost of motorbike taxis or even regular taxis are quite cheap so maybe you are better off letting someone else do the driving.
In the event of an accident your insurance may not cover you unless you are licensed to ride in Vietnam, some insurance companies consider motorbike riding an adventure sport and don’t cover it.

Where to rent a motorbike from in Hanoi

How to rent a motorbike in Hanoi?

When you rent a bike in Hanoi you will need to provide your passport or for longer term rentals a copy of your passport. Most rental places will accept payment when you return the bike after your ride.
In most cases the rental place will not provide you with any paperwork, no contract / agreement and no registration for the bike. This could be a problem if you are stopped by the police which is very unlikely unless you have an accident.
Also note that most places will not ask for a driving licence, most foreigners in Vietnam are unlicensed but this is changing as getting a license is getting easier. If you plan to be here for more than a few months, get a licence.
Should you rent a motorbike in Hanoi

Where to rent a motorbike from in Hanoi

Most hotels and guesthouses provide motorbike rental services to their guests or anyone who walks in the door. Be aware that the majority of rental bikes available are not well looked after.
I recommend test riding your bike before agreeing to rent it. Pay close attention to the brakes and the tyres as the are the two things that you need the most when trying to avoid an accident.
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10 MotorBike Rentat Shops in Hanoi

Hanoi is the most appealing city in the world…That’s why the demands for renting a motorbike/bicycle is too increasing. Beside the great motorbike rental services, there are some small shop offering unsafe vehicle for tourist (too old motorbike, no brake…). Here is a list of 10 motorbike rental shop in Hanoi I’ve collected on Facebook, hope that it might be useful for you when traveling to Hanoi

Motorbike rental hanoi



Address: 112 Nguyen Van Cu Street, Long Bien, Hanoi

Tel: 0942467674

Price: From 800.000Vnd to 1.2 Million Vnd for monthly




Address: 24D Ta Hien, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Tel: 0989595533

Price: 100,000VND/Bike/day


Discount 10% for 3 days renting

Rental monthly price 37usd to 50usd/monthly




Address: 55 Trinh Cong Son, Nhat Tan, Tay Ho ( west lake

150,000 – 170,000VND/day



Address: 13 Ngo Huyen str., Hoan Kiem dist., Hanoi

Price: 5 pUsd to 10 Usd/day



Address: Address: 196 thuy Khue street - Tay Ho - Hanoi

Price: Contact Us



Address: 33B Gia Ngu, Hoan Kiem Ha Noi



Addres : 66 Dao Duy Tu Street - Hoan Kiem - Hanoi

Price: 10 Usd to 50usd for daily travel



Address: 17 Ve Ho, Xuan La, Tay Ho, Hanoi, Vietnam

Price: 7 Usd to 30usd for daily



Address: lane 406/66 Au Co - Tay Ho - Hanoi

Price: 200,000VND/day



Hanoi office: 56 Hang Duong st, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi



How to ride motorbikes in Hanoi?


Always wear a helmet, not just for safety but also because it is the law and because it gives a bad impression of foreigners if you ride without a helmet.
Drive slowly. Things come out of nowhere so the slower you go the more likely you are to avoid kids playing in the street, buffaloes wandering along country roads or grandpa turning left from the right lane. Take your time and enjoy the experience.

How to ride motorbikes in Hanoi

Where to ride a motorbike in Hanoi?

Since the reign of King Le Trung Hung (XVI century), every King in the Le dynasty, and Lord Trinh made great contribution the beauty of the lake. Lord Trinh Giang built Khanh Thuy shrine on Ngoc Island on the north end of the lake. He also had the two man made hills built across from Ngoc son Shrine. At the end of the Le Dynasty, Khanh Thuy was toppled by Chieu Thong. A philanthropist named Tin Trai built Ngoc Son pagoda, which was renamed into Ngoc Son shrine during the reign of Thieu Tri III (1843) as it was no longer a Buddhist shrine. Instead, it became a shrine of Van Xuong, a deity, in charge of literature and the various tests required to become a Mandarin. It has also been a shrine of General Tran Hung Dao, a National Hero who secured numerous victories against the Mongols.
In the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake lies a Turtle Tower, which reminds Vietnamese people of great assistance of the Turtle God. King Le Thanh Tong was said to be used to fish here. Lord Trinh also built the structure to house his entourage while visiting the lake.
Despite the time’s ashes and dust, the name of a popular historical and legendary beauty-spot Hoan Kiem Lake is eternal for good as an evidence of a fairy and heroic Hanoi during the past wars, and a romantic and charming Hanoi today!
Hoan Kiem Lake Hanoi

Hoan Kiem Lake Hanoi

1, Hoan Kiem Lake Hanoi

Hoan Kiem Lake (called Lake of the Restored Sword) is now located inside a complex of Ngoc Son Temple, The Huc Bridge, and Pen Tower in the surroundings, making a sparkling colorful natural picture! Ngoc Son has undergone a lot of renovations, one among which was the addition of Thap But (translated as Pen Tower) on its hill, which was once called Dao Tai. Three words were inscribed on the tower: “Ta Thien Thanh” or “write on blue sky”. Inside the gate a pool resembling the shape of an ink well was added. Beyond the ink well is The Huc Bridge, which means “where the sun light is absorbed”. The bridge leads to Dac Nguyet Lau (or “Moon Light tower”) – Ngoc Son shrine. Beyond the gates to the shrine, there are two walls called Bang Rong and Bang Ho (dragon and tiger slate), where the names of those who passed the national test were inscribed.
The name of Hoan Kiem Lake is derived from a legendary story in King Le Dynasty about six centuries ago. The legend has it that during the war against the Minh aggressors, King Le Thai To was given a precious fairy Sword by the Golden Turtle God. After 10 years of continuous struggling, the King finally defeated the Chinese and reclaimed the nation’s independence. After that, on a nice day, while boating on Lake Luc Thuy, a large turtle came towards him. It immediately grabbed the sword with its mouth and submerged. The king mourned the lost of such a valuable sword, yet could not find either the turtle or the sword. He realized that the God must have lent him the sword to drive back the enemy, but then that his nation was dependent, the magic sword must be returned. Thus, King Le Thai To re-named the lake Hoan Kiem Lake or Lake of the Restored Sword.
Hoan Kiem Lake Hanoi

2, Hanoi Cathedral

Hanoi Cathedral, also known as Saint Joseph’s Cathedral, was inaugurated on Christmas Day 1886, two years after its construction. Its design is similar to the architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Hanoi Cathedral
Many catholic rituals have been held there. A ritual ceremony dedicated to Jesus Christ is held in this cathedral every year on March 19.
Location: Hanoi Cathedral is at 40 Nha Chung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
Characteristic: Hanoi Cathedral was built on the site of the former Bao Thien Tower, which was famous in the ancient capital of Thang Long under the Ly Dynasty (the 11th and 12th centuries).
Hanoi Cathedral

Hanoi Cathedral

3, Water Puppet Theatre Hanoi

The world-famous Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre in Hanoi has its roots in an art form that dates back to the 11th century. The tradition of water puppet theatre stems from a time when rice paddy fields were flooded and villagers would make entertainment by standing in the waist-deep water with the puppets performing over the water.
Using large rods to support the puppets it appeared as if they were moving across the water with the puppeteers hidden behind a screen.
This tradition is unique to North Vietnam but has recently found fame on stages all over the world; so it’s a rare treat to see the puppets perform in their original location at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre. Performances are accompanied by a Vietnamese orchestra playing traditional music using drums, wooden bells, horns, bamboo flutes and cymbals. There are also authentic Vietnamese operatic songs telling the story that is being acted out by the puppets. Most of the shows recount Vietnamese folk tales and legends with topics including the celebration of the rice harvest depicted in a humorous fashion.
Water Puppet Theatre Hanoi

Good to Know about Water Puppet Theatre

Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hanoi with tickets selling out well in advance so it’s worth booking yours as soon as you arrive in town. It is also advisable to pay more to get closer to the action as the theatre seats a few hundred people and the puppets are not that big. The theatre is modern and usually shows 17 short sketches over a one-hour performance.
Opening Hours: Shows during the day and evening at 14:00 and 20:00
Location: North east of Hoan Kiem Lake at 57b Dinh Tien Hoang Street
Remarks: There is an additional camera or video fee if you wish to photograph or film the show
Water Puppet Theatre Highlights

Shows at this modern theatre are performed in a pool of water as the stage for the puppets. The puppets are controlled by no more than eight puppeteers hiding behind a bamboo screen. The renowned Thang Long Water Puppet show is considered to be one of the cultural highlights of Northern Vietnam dating back to a tradition that first started in the Red River Delta.
Today’s performances usually include a number of short sketches rather than one long story, taking the audience on a journey of ancient village life, agricultural harvests and dances of mythical creatures. Most shows also feature the famous Legend of the Restored Sword of King Le which tells the tale of Hoan Kiem Lake and the giant tortoise. The live music plays an integral part of the show with singers often shouting words of encouragement to the puppets.
Water Puppet Theatre in Hanoi

Water Puppet Theatre Hanoi

4,Tran Quoc Pagoda Hanoi

Tran Quoc Pagoda started being built in 541 and completed in 545 under the reign of King Ly Nam De (544-548). Its original name was Khai Quoc Pagoda (National Founder). The pagoda was initially built on the bank of the Red River (then West Lake and the Red River met). Until the early 17th century, due to the river bank crumbling, King Le Kinh Tong (1600-1618) moved the pagoda to the Kim Ngu (Golden Fish) Islet and renamed it Tran Quoc Pagoda (National Defence).
Actually, Tran Quoc Pagoda is considered a cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism as it is the oldest pagoda and situated in the center of Hanoi capital. The most outstanding feature of the pagoda is that it was built in a very intricate way. Behind the worshipping shrine is the Buddhist trinity followed by corridors, ten shrines and the belfry. There are many valuable statues inside the pagoda, such as the red lac statue trimmed with gold of Sakyamouni Buddha’s Parinirvana, which is a masterpiece of Vietnamese sculptural art, and lots of ancient stele, one of which was made in 1639 by Doctoral lau- Nguyen Xuan Chinh, recording the history of the pagoda.

It would be a miss if not mentioning the Bodhi tree in the garden of Tran Quoc Pagoda. This kind of tree is attached to a past story. The story tells that Indian Prime Minister Razendia Prasat offered the Pagoda a Bodhi tree as a gift on his tour to Vietnam in 1959. The plant was grafted from the holy bodhi tree where Sakyamuni sat in zen (meditation) position and achieved enlightenment in India 25 centuries ago. Now the Bodhi tree is easily recognized from its heart-shaped leaves, taken from a cutting of its original tree. Now, the green tree shades over part of the pagoda’s yard.

Tran Quoc Pagoda Hanoi

5, Hanoi Old Quarters

Hanoi Old Quarter is located among the Lake of the Restored Sword, the Long Bien Bridge, a former city rampart, and a citadel wall of Hanoi. Actually, Hanoi Old Quarter consists of 36 old streets inside, which started as a snake and alligator-infested swamp. It later evolved into a cluster of villages made up of houses on stilts, and was unified by Chinese administrators who built ramparts around their headquarters. In the past, the Chinese called it “Dominated Annam” or “Protected South”.
What are their names’ origins?
Due to their long-lasting age, they are called “Old Quarter” or “36 Old Streets” (as consisting of 36 member streets). Similarly to the Guilded age of Europe,“Ha Noi’s 36 districts” is Vietnam’s version of the guild concept. In the past, as artisans moved to the capital city to do business, they gathered together in this area to share the resources. As a result, many of the streets were named after the crafts sold at that individual street. Pho Hang Bun (Vermicelli), Pho Hang Ma (Paper Product), Pho Hang Bac (Silver), etc. are examples of the streets carrying the name of the products sold there.
The phrase “36 pho phuong” often causes much confusion for most people;“Phố” means a street or a place for merchants to gather to do business, while “Phường”, a district or a guild of artisans specializing in a particular trade (phuong cheo, phuong tho, etc.). Yet, in any case, both are right to some extent.
Specialized craft streets and guilds: Most tourists are eager for exploring the old streets well-known for each one’s specialized industry. Hang Gai Street offers silk clothing ready-made and tailored, embroidery, and silver products. Hang Quat, the street that formerly sold silk and feather fans, now stuns the visitor by its brilliantly colored funeral and festival flags and religious objects and clothing. To Tich Street connects the above two and is still the wood turner’s street. Hang Ma glimmers with shiny paper products, such as gift wrappings, wedding decorations and miniature paper objects to burn for the dead. Lan Ong Street is a sensual delight of textures and smells emanating from the sacks of herbal medicinal products: leaves, roots, barks, and powders, etc. Coming here, you may feel as if you were in a classical-styled area in terms of both architecture and product types!
Hanoi Old Quarters

How old are the streets?

It would be a big surprise should you know that Hanoi Old Quarter came into being at the time King Ly Thai To selected Thang Long as the capital in 1010, that is, the streets have a nearly 1,000-year old history and became crowded and lively in 15th century. What makes them unique is that many of them remain in their very ancient architecture of the 15th century. Up to now, it has been the oldest continuously developed area in Vietnam.
36 Old Streets or more?

Although the old section of Hanoi is often called the “36 Old Streets”, there are more than 36 actual streets. Some researchers believe that the number 36 came from the 15th century when there might have been 36 guild locations, which were workshop areas, not streets. When streets were later developed, the guild names were applied to the streets. Others attribute the 36 to a more abstract concept. The number nine in Asia represents the concept of”plenty”. Nine times the four directions make 36, which simply mean “many”. In fact, there are now more than 70 streets in the area.
Although many of the streets no longer sell the products after which they were named, some still do. Today, the Old Quarter has become the unique classical feature of Hanoi, and the inspiration of numerous writers, poets, and painters, and one of the desired tourist destinations in Hanoi.
The Temple of Literature is often cited as one of Hanoi’s most picturesque tourist attractions. Originally built as a university in 1070 dedicated to Confucius, scholars and sages, the building is extremely well preserved and is a superb example of traditional-style Vietnamese architecture.

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