So I asked my employer to combine the last of my vacation days with compensation days to do a bike ride in Northern Vietnam and a visit to my sister in Australia. And I was surprised when I was given 5 weeks off. Then came the idea to combine two rides, already carrying my bikegear to Vietnam. Back in 2013, I did a 2 week ride from south to north i Vietnam and I wish for a return visit. I plan for another 15 day adventure which is the max number of days I can stay visa-free in Vietnam. I have rented motorbikes in Australia 6 times before with rides around Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne and the Tasmaia-loop. Now I want to see Western Australia and if possible go swimming with the Whale sharks at Ningaloo reef. And while doing that ride, why not continue across the whole continent? The planning could only begin 2 weeks prior to departure. That's how late my company will let me know the exact dates off work. The rides took place Feb-Mar 2019. Pictures from the 2013 ride. From Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi. I rented a Chinese Lifan 125cc at 35$ a day for the route. Vietnam is great and so I wanted more. The 2013 route was 2500km. The new one is slighly shorter, but have more mountainous terrain. I plan with paper maps and transfer key points to my phone app Maps Me. I will not bring a designated GPS. Finding a suitable bike proved a little harder than expected. I sent out emails to 4 rental companies in Hanoi and only two answered. They did not have any of the bikes requested available and suggested a later rental period. I found a 5th company with poor reviews and secured a Honda CRF300L at 50$ a day. The poor review was from a guy who felt abandoned when his bike broke down. In Vietnam, the rental contract will specify that you are responsible to return the bike if broken. No recovery service offered. Anyway, mechanics are easily found and if the bike is unfixable then it's cheap and easy to hitch a ride on a truck or bus to Hanoi (with the bike). So I'm not concerned. My route takes me to Dien Bien Phu near Laos. Then up to tribal towns in the north. A visit to Ba Be lake and then back close to the Chinese border down to Ha Long for a mini-cruise. Loop back to Hanoi. 2300km (1400miles) In Australia, I contact the rental company BikeRoundOz. I have used them several times before and rent a high milage BMW R1200 GS at 145AUD (100$US) a day with a rental period of minimum 14 days. They have oneway offers, but nothing fitting my time period. Instead I have to pay a oneway fee of 645AUD (440$US) My plan is to start in Perth and head east to Sydney and my sister. I thought that Ningaloo reef was within a days ride north of Perth, but looking at my maps, I realise the great distances and mark it out as a 3 day ride. Despite the cost and time constraints, I still think 14 days is possible, but this ride will be very different to the Vietnam route. 8.300km (5.200miles) planned. It turns out that all bikes are unavailable in Perth because a group of riders headed by Charlie Boorman have taken all the bikes there, and my bike will be in Sydney. I simply reverse the route and add one day rental to a total of 15 days. That way I can stay two nights in Karijini Park and two nights at Ningaloo Reef. Planning complete. Lets go!