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A Helpful Guide to Renting a Scooter in Southeast Asia

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Although the internet has many posts about renting a scooter in Southeast Asia,  I still feel compelled to write a comprehensive guide of my own as we have learnt so much about this topic along the way!

This post is not trying to convince you to give up on renting a scooter, in fact my intentions are quite the opposite. We have rented scooters a number of times now in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, and will no doubt rent many more as we continue our travels through Asia. Our favourite destinations seem to consistently be when we have the independence of a scooter.

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8 Tips for Sleeping on an Overnight Bus in Vietnam

At the end of 2012 I spent three weeks travelling through Vietnam from Hanoi right down to Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon. Just like many other backpackers my primary mode of transport was by overnight bus.

Overnight buses are a win-win because they are so cheap yet also double as accommodation for the night so the price of a bus ticket covers it all!

However, they have a reputation – and for very valid reason – of being uncomfortable, noisy and not particularly conducive for sleeping. I’m not going to make any promises that you will get a solid 8-hours sleep, but these tips might just make the trip a little bit more bearable – you will certainly come out feeling fresher on the other side! (more…)