Parking and security

Parking lots are everywhere

Secure parking lots are everywhere in Vietnam. Guys in blue uniforms looking after a collection of motorbikes. Coffee shops, the beach, you name it and there will be security guys.
Typically a secure parking lot will be protected by a man dressed in a blue uniform who is clearly looking after a collection of motorbikes. Secure parking usually has a ticket system where a security guy will hand a receipt ticket over and in exchange look after the motorbike.

parking security

Don’t loose your parking ticket!

Typical rates are 5-10vnd per day. This is approximately 0.5USD.

Security guys will protect the motorbike but not helmets or other accessories.

Take your backpacks, helmets and other stuffs with you when you leave the bike!

Hotels tend to bring motorbikes inside and usually have security employees of their own. In Hanoi some hotels do not allow parking and if in doubt it is a good idea to ask the reception where the motorbike is safe to park.

In small restaurants where security is not present then make sure the motorbike is always visible.

As a general rule – if you need to lock the motorbike then it is in the wrong place!

All motorbikes from Tigit have neck locks. Additional locks can be bought for $4…….  but really, if you need to lock the motorbike then it is in the wrong place!

Randomly abandoning the motorbike on the side of road is not needed and is asking for trouble!  Police are quick and efficient at picking up stray vehicles as a protection method. If a thief does not get the bike the police will!

Don't just leave your bike with your gears and helmet on the side of the road!

Don’t just leave your bike with your gears and helmet on the side of the road!

Always use hotels or secure parking lots.

Theft is a problem with people living in houses with no security. As a traveler or backpacker every destination will be filled with secure and convenient parking.

 

 

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  1. Leon says:

    If I want to spend the day at a location such as Bana Hills and would not want to be carrying my helmet with me wherever I go, what would be the best way to keep my helmet safe? is there a way I can lock it to the bike?

    • Mint says:

      It’s sad that Vietnamese people steal helmets, so the best way is keep it with you, tie it on your bag or ask if they have luggage storage somewhere.

  2. John says:

    Can you explain why the hotels in old quarter Hanoi say no bike parking but there are always scooters sitting there?