Top gear Motorbike Vietnam Special21st April 2017
The Top gear Motorbike Vietnam special was released on 28th December 2008.
This 75 minute special is responsible for the boom in the concept of buying motorbikes to travel across Vietnam.
Top Gear Motorbike Vietnam Special concept
Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May are given boxes of money to purchase a vehicle to travel the length of Vietnam. The boxes are filled with Vietnamese dong and the boys head out to purchase themselves some cars. The realization at the price of cars being over the budget due to import taxes leaves the trio with no opportunity but to look for some cheap motorbikes.
They begin their adventure with the threat of a broken vehicle being replaced with an inappropriately themed American flagged motorbike. Heading off to Dalat and over to Nha Trang before going up the coast to Hoi An. In Hoi An the scene of the Trio creating custom tailor made suits became an icon of the town. The Hai Van Pass was then discovered with the famous scene of the mountain pass being a metaphor of Vietnam. Travelling the Hai Van Pass on a motorbike is now a must do activity for any traveler in Vietnam.
Realizing time was running short, they decide to cheat and take a train to Hanoi. Upon arriving the trio realize they have a made a mistake and arrived in the wrong city. A new challenge is released to find a remote bar in the Halong bay area after creating amphibious vehicles out of their motorbikes.
The effects of the Top Gear motorbike Vietnam Special
Behind the scenes the Top Gear boys only travel around 4 days on their motorbikes. Day 1: HCM to Dalat, Day 2: Dalat to Nha Trang, Day 3: Nha Trang to Hoi An (although this day seems to be mostly skipped), Day 4: Hoi An to Hue.
In comparison a normal travelers holiday on a motorbike in Vietnam will be approximately 25 days.
In true top gear fashion, a comical scene of breakdowns and banter help the show along in style!
This has helped push the idea of travelling on useless motorbikes
combined with a holiday themed of hilarious breakdowns.
An adventure for some, and a great holiday to have… but not for everyone.
Off the popularity of the Vietnam special, backpackers started coming through with no motorbike experience at all. Buying $300 Honda Win motorbikes and believing they are road worthy machines. Resulting in ruined holidays of over budget breakdowns and anger towards the original seller “ripping them off”. This passes onto the next poor soul where backpackers seem quite happy to openly lie to each other in
generic adverts of “reliable with no breakdowns” that can be seen all across Craigslist and Facebook. The reality is a minefield of dangerous motorbikes being bought by inexperienced riders!
The beauty of Motorbikes in Vietnam
Vietnamese road speeds are incredibly slow especially when keeping to the beautiful back roads that Vietnam has to offer. Locals are friendly and the cultural experience can be enjoyed by travelers finding their own way through Vietnam on purchased motorbikes. A true sense of freedom can be had twisting and turning through the mountains. To arrive at a party hostel to brag about the days event, or spend the night in a home stay to experience the authentic culture behind a Vietnamese household.
Vietnam has it all, and the Top Gear Motorbike Vietnam special is to thank for bringing this amazing experience to the masses!
How to do it?
Through Tigit Motorbikes, a traveler can purchase and sell back an authentic and safe motorbike to travel the length of Vietnam. Set packages of 35 days, 60 days and 90 days are available to allow for long holidays with plenty of time to experience the beautiful mountain roads that Vietnam has to offer.