Standard (Class Standard Van or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Vietnam.
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Major cities are extremely congested during rush hours and feature a substantial number of scooters, while rural roads can be in bad conditions and are subject to landslides or potholes, especially during the rainy season. Dangerous driving is an extreme hazard, meaning that drivers should be very experienced to rent a car in Vietnam.
It is possible to rent a car in Vietnam with an International Driver’s Permit (IDP), which must be presented alongside a domestic driver’s license and passport. In theory, the driver should be at least 21 years of age and have held his or her domestic license for a minimum of one year. Anyone who intends to rent a car in Vietnam for a long period of time may wish to consider getting a temporary local driver’s license, which involves a bureaucratic process taking around a week.
Fueling opportunities are frequent in Vietnam, with options ranging from regular petrol stations to small roadside stalls selling fuel from plastic bottles. It is advised to always fuel up at a proper petrol station with pumps where possible, as vendors sometimes try to water down the fuel. Expect to pay around VND 21,500 (USD 0.90) for a liter of petrol and 18,000 VND (0.75 USD) for a liter of diesel, which is equivalent to VND 81,270 (3.40 USD) for a gallon of petrol and 2.83 USD for a gallon of diesel.
The official speed limits in Vietnam can vary across the country, so it is important to always keep an eye out for signs. As a general rule, drivers should stick to 30-40 km/h (19-25 mph) in urban areas and 40-60 km/h (25-37 mph) on rural roads.