Motorbikes play a very important role in the lives of people in Hanoi. They are the quickest and cheapest way to get around the city, and they clearly outnumber cars. Motorbikes are everywhere in Hanoi and they aren’t just used for getting around. Sometimes they are used as well as bicycles as places to sell food and other goods.
Motorbikes are even used to make deliveries to stores and used by the post office for mail and packages.
With so many people using motorbikes as their main mode of transportation, there are shops that specialize in selling clothing and face-masks designated for motorbike users.
Rain doesn’t stop people riding their motorbikes! They have special rain coats or plastic ponchos to protect them from the rain. Grab even has special rain ponchos for their drivers.
Parking motorbikes in Hanoi is a huge issue. There isn’t enough space for them and most of the time they so they park on the sidewalk.
Sometimes there are designated parking lots for motorbikes with a parking attendant and you have to pay.