I find it hard to believe that this hasn't been asked before but I tried a few different key word searches and found nothing. So, does anybody know if it's possible to get a Vietnamese driving licence (for a motorbike) if you haven't got one from home? In other words can you take the test here?
If so, is it expensive, easy etc? Thanks.
Yes it can be done. I did mine over 5 years a go so don't remember the exact details (ie. where to go to get all the bits done), but basically you need to have a car driving license form you home county, get it translated and notarised at an official notary office. Then you don't need to do the written test. If you don't have this, you will have to sit the written test, which I'm guess means you'll need to speak Vietnamese.
The physical test is easy to the point of being pointless - but I did see one person fail so I guess it dose have some use.
There are threads on here - well there always used to be - detailing all the steps - I know Flamingo Travel in the old quarter recently offered a service to help people get it done. I asked one of my staff to help book the test - but other than that we did it all ourselves I think.
The test will allow you ride bikes up to 175cc and it will mean that your insurance is actual valid should you have an accident.
Alternatively I'm pretty sure you don't need a bike license to drive a 50cc bike as long as you have a valid car driving licence.
This is actually wrong information currently, before this was the case that with car license you could get motorcycle license too, but they change something and this is not the case anymore.
But if you have a car license you only need to take practical test and not theory part..
Other option is to find person who has connections and can get it for you... like getting license longer than your visa.
Both of the above posters are right in their own regard. With a license from home (for a car), you can transfer it to a car license here. With a car license, you become exempt from having to to the written (theory) test for a motorbike license (A1 -- lower than 175cc). You still must do the practical test.
The change in ruling mainly affected the length of the license. They used to be forever, but now have been changed to the length of your visa. There are workarounds, but all in all, it is problematic unless you know someone.
The good news is that they offer an A2 license (over 175cc) and this has no expiration date. It also covers anything in the lower A1 category too. I did my in December. Same test and all that, just with a bigger bike that they supply.
Check on Hanoi Massive for a guy named Cuong or Cong and he will be able to help. I did mine through one of his friends (long story short) but they are partners.