As part of a one years travelling experience, my wife and I decided to invest in a seven day trip with motorbiking Vietnam. This was probably the most expensive trip on our travels but was money very well spent.
Starting on Hanoi's busy streets we quickly learned that almost everything we had learned as bikers in the UK was of little use. The secret seemed to be forget what you know already about biking and start learning fast how to do it in Vietnam! After only half a day the scenery was stunning and continued to get even better for the duration of the trip up to the Chinese border. The terrain was at times challenging ranging from sealed roads to mud to stony to rocky and steep. The river crossings seemed to defy all logic as to where a motorbike should be able to go!
The local people seemed genuinely intrigued and interested to see our group which was a welcome change from Vietnam's big tourist cities. Our accommodation ranged from Hotels to Homestay. The latter gave a great opportunity for mixing and starting to understand the Vietnamese way of life, which as it turned out seems to revolve heavily around drinking copious amounts of rice wine (ranging from smoothish to rocket fuel) in the evening.
So, why don't you get off the usual tourist trail, book a trip. Bring your camera, a healthy liver and a large amount of positive, can do, attitude for the trip of a lifetime. The sense of achievement is something that will live with you forever! Thanks. My biggest problem now is financing a motorbike for my wife when we get back home. She has caught the biking bug and will never ride pillion again!
Neal and Amy Lamont from UK