Here are some long winded ramblings from only two days of riding in Vietnam. I was in Vietnam from 21-Sep-08 through 3-Oct-08, half the time for a business trip and half the time for vacation. I had originally planned to do a three to four day motorcycle loop trip in the northwest near Sapa. Due to the typhoons in the area and other reasons I opted for a more flexible trip and decided to just wing which days I actually road while in different areas. With the occasional rain I only did a one day bike trip in the Sapa area and one day driving around Hanoi. First, let me say, Go! Now! Don't wait! It's relatively cheap and easy to get there. It's easy and cheap to travel there. The people are super nice, and the mountains around Sapa are spectacular. This is what you can expect to see in the valley near Sapa.