Renting motorbikes in Soc Trang is probably a hard decision, many people don’t know what to choose because of many options and availability. Below are the details and facts that we would like to point out to help you decide what is the better thing to do renting motorbikes.
How to rent a motorbike in Soc Trang
The automatic scooters motorbike is the easiest to handle, better to ride in metropolitan areas, and suitable for beginner drivers. The manual requires hand and feet coordination. And big engine bikes are for experienced riders only and suitable for the rugged roads in the countryside.
When you rent a bike in Soc Trang 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.
What Are Soc Trang Motorbikes Rental Requirements?
It you want to rent a motorbike in Soc Trang, some rental companies ask for your passport while others don’t. We’ve noticed that shops located along the main touristy roads seem adamant about handing over your passport. It seems as though the smaller businesses on the less traveled side streets are more accepting to a passport photocopy or a cash deposit instead. To rent a motorbike in Soc Trang, you need two things:
For motorbike rental, there are different procedures depending on the rental shop and the length of the rental. If you stay in a hotel and rent a motorbike from the hotel for a few days, the hotel will not require a deposit. If you rent directly from a rental shop, you need to give your passport to the owner until you return the motorbike or deposit an amount of money (from 1.5 million VND to 3 million VND). Leaving a passport with a shop while you travel the whole country is not ideal, so an alternative can be suggested. Often rental shops will accept a different form of valid identification or even a copy of the passport.
In some cases, an additional requirement could be the number of your hotel room if you’re renting a scooter from the hotel.
Regarding payments, you almost always pay in cash and upfront. Most motorcycle companies don’t ask to see proof of a driver’s license. You can drive away from their shop without toppling over or crashing into something or someone.
Some places for Soc Trang Motorbike Rental
It is not difficult to rent a motorbike in Soc Trang or any other Vietnam city. There are several variants:
small hotels and hotels.
You can hardly walk around any (especially central) street without noticing a dozen rental places where you’ll be gladly helped to hire a scooter.
If you are staying at a small hotel you’ll probably be told about such nearest places at the reception. They even can bring you a bike or something to the hotel as hotel owners often have contracts with the owners of motor transport.
Read article: Motorbike rental in Ben Tre.
If they don’t provide such a service, it’s enough to walk along the second and the third lines of Soc Trang.
One more method of hiring motor transport in Soc Trang is getting in touch with the foreigners living there a long time and running some bike rental business. We’d advise you to turn to our good acquaintances – guys from the Moto Vietnam and they not only will help you to choose a good and suitable bike but will also give you some recommendations and several bike riding lessons.
Some address and phone motorbike rental Soc Trang City
Address: No3 Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Street, Soc Trang.
Address: Near Minh Phuong Hotel, Soc Trang City.
Call: 0939 149 527
Safety Inspection and Checks
Before you set off, make sure you give a thorough check of the motorbike. The company will usually go over the bike and make a list of any dents, scratches and damage it might already have which you will be asked to witness. Pay attention when this is done as the contracts you are about to sign says that you hired the bike in prime condition. If it comes back with any additional marks you will be charged for this and be careful some companies motorbike rental Soc Trang make alot of extra income this way.
Here are things you should check for.
1) Inspect the bike for existing damage and take photo’s on your phone.
2) Sit on the bike and bounce up and down – make sure the suspension is working.
3) See if the mirrors adjust and you can see behind you. Vietnamese drivers hardly ever use their mirrors – but you do!
4) Ride the bike and check for size comfort (your knees should not be forced to stick out)
5) Ride the bike and test the brakes (some bikes have rear and front, some combined – know what you have)
6) Check the acceleration – sometimes you will need to get out of the way of some idiot quickly
7) Opt for bikes with thicker tires – thin tires and gravel will be your No one reason for an accident.
Things to do in Soc Trang Province
Whether you are a backpacker or a travel lover, if exploring off-the-beaten-path journeys and trying local foods are what you’re fond of, then head to Soc Trang now!
Just like other provinces, like Tra Vinh, Tien Giang, Vinh Long, Ben Tre, Hau Giang, etc, Soc Trang is located in Mekong Delta River. But, the province makes its name interesting and special apart from others, which becomes a big magnet for both domestic and foreign tourists to come. So why don’t you add this destination in your list of must-go places to Vietnam once in a lifetime?
To get yourself well-informed about the place before travelling, this topic of things to do in Soc Trang may become useful. Keep reading now!
A brief snapshot of Soc Trang
Soc Trang province is about 231 kilometers South of Ho Chi Minh City as well as 60 kilometers Southeast of Can Tho City. Coming from “Srok Kh’leang” – a Khmer name – Soc Trang means “a place where silver is stored.” Believe it or not, the destination is mainly home to the Khmer people. That’s why there is a cultural interference between the Chinese-Kinh-Khmer locals. You can see Khmer cultural characteristics everywhere, especially at the Khmer pagodas.
Like other provinces in Mekong Delta, there are 2 distinguish seasons in Soc Trang: including the wet season (May – November) and the dry season (December – April). In order to avoid unexpected rains, we advise you to visit Soc Trang in the dry season.
Mingle with the cultural activities by the participation in Ok Om Bok festival
Mingle with the cultural activities by the participation in Ok Om Bok festival
If you travel to Soc Trang around October or November, you can have a chance to partake in Ok Om Bok festival – one of the 3 biggest festivals among the Khmer community. Annually held in the tenth full moon in Vietnamese Lunar calendar, the festival is about worshipping the moon and praying for abundant harvest.
On this occasion, the highlight revolves around Ghe Ngo boat race. As a special kind of timber boats, these are in the shape of Nagar snake – a Khmer’s sacred object. There are 30 groups of men and 10 groups of women attending in the race. The winning team will be awarded with special prize, in addition to the enthusiastic and great cheers from the crowds along the riverbanks.
Other exciting activities in the event include exhibitions of the artistic works, performance of the ethnic music and dance, and workshops on the agricultural development.
Enjoy your spirit trip by visiting famous pagodas
The highlight in this province is pagodas. That’s why visiting pagodas should be added to the list of top things to do in Soc Trang. These pagodas were mainly built under the influence of Khmer culture. So, they are outstanding with the unique Khmer designs and scrupulous attention. Some recommendations we want to introduce you are Bat Pagoda, Khleang Pagoda, Clay Pagoda, and Chén Kiểu Pagoda.
Bat Pagoda is considered the most well-known one in Soc Trang. What makes its name widespread to people is that the pagoda is where many bats live and stay. You can see them hanging their body under the roofs or even on the trees. In addition to Bat pagoda, visitor also share their interest in Khleang pagoda – one of the oldest pagodas in Soc Trang.
Moreover, the name of the Clay Pagoda says all what you want to know. It is noted for the clay Buddhist statues and dragon sculptures. Finally, Chén Kiểu Pagoda – another popular one – is where your eyebrows will be raised by its China sophisticated design.
Stay close to nature by landing on Tan Long Stork Garden
If you are still imagining how the Mekong Delta landscape looks like, then Tan Long Stork Garden, located in Long Binh Commune, Nga Nam District, Soc Trang Province, will not disappoint you for any reason.
The fascinating fact is that the garden is managed and preserved by a local man, namely Huynh Van Muoi. You can view many species of birds and storks living in harmony here, such as white stork, buffalo stork, chicken stork, gongs, etc.
In addition to the bird-watching activities, it a big pity to skip enjoying a variety of rustic specialties in Soc Trang and listening to the traditional music performance. How meaningful it is!
Learn the outstanding characteristic of Mekong Delta through Nga Nam Floating Market
Along with Cai Rang floating market – the largest one in the Mekong Delta, Nga Nam market in is also worth mentioning in the list of top things to do in Soc Trang. Interestingly, its location makes the market special and unique since it is the convergent point of 5 rivers flowing into 5 directions (Ca Mau, Phung Hien, Thanh Tri, Vinh Quoi and Long My). That’s why it’s not hard to understand why the market is called Nga Nam (Ngã Năm).
To enjoy Nga Nam floating market at the fullest, you are advised to come here early in the morning, when the sun starts rising and locals are ready for busy trading. Everything can be found here, from meat, rice, fresh fruits to even TV and electronic goods.