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leontwagon
8/3/2018 06:16 EST

I was thinking of buying a motorcycle for my own personal use in Vietnam. However I have come across some terms I am not familiar with. One is "Blue Card". Another is "Fully documented". I have been looking at motorcycles in the 175 to 900 cc size range as I am 170 lbs and have had 250 to 305 cc motorcycles in Japan and the US in the past, but have not driven one since the early 60s. What tips can you give me and can I even buy and ride any size motorcycle without a Vietnamese motorcycle license? Also, Where can I buy NA Beer in the southern portion of Vietnam

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VungTauKid
9/8/2018 00:26 EST

1) Foreigners can't own motorbikes in VN. You need to put it in the name of a VN friend. That person must be registered in the province you'll be buying the bike in. (I'm guessing a "blue card" is the document stating where the person is registered to live.)
2) bikes over a certain size (I think it's 175 cc) are subject to a luxury tax and require a special drivers license. (VN cops don't want the public to have faster bikes than they have.)
3) You are required to have a VN driving license, but will probably only need it if in an accident. (I got pulled over for speeding and they just wanted $.) If your foreign license is valid for motorbikes, they'll just give you one. If not, you need to take a driving test - a "figure 8" course in Vung Tau, don't know about other places.
4) I'm guessing "fully documented" means getting a title.
5) Can't help with the beer, sorry. Try some trà ?á. It'll make you pee too.

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leontwagon
9/8/2018 15:11 EST

Thank You. Mike

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