Many travelers dismiss the idea of renting automatic scooters in Southeast Asia and other parts of the world on account of not having a license. But those travelers are missing out, argues Ben Groundwater.

“Have I made a terrible mistake?” That’s a question you will most definitely ask yourself at some point on a motorbike adventure in Southeast Asia. That and others like,”‘Was this the worst idea I’ve ever had?”And, “Should I give up, turn around, and just forget this whole thing ever happened?”

They’re reasonable questions and certainly, all of them flashed through my mind as I hurtled through the chaos of noise, dust and bright lights that is central Ho Chi Minh City. I was only about two minutes into my six-day journey around southern Vietnam. Have I made a terrible mistake? Possibly.