What an AWESOME trip!!! I had absolutely no idea that Northern Vietnam was that beautiful.
Seeing it on motorcycles was the frosting on the cake - what a total blast. I can't tell you how happy I am that I came across you guys in The Lonely Planet.
That trip was the highlight of my time in South East Asia and one that I will remember for a long, long time. After having come through Thailand and Cambodia it was so nice to go through areas where locals were THAT excited and happy to see foreigners.
Thanks for keeping us off the beaten path, and for making each day a true adventure.
My advice to people visiting Hanoi: skip Halong Bay, get yourself on a Minsk, and see Northern Vietnam. You will not regret it.
John Schwarzkopf from USA