Dong Van Road – The twisting pavement between Ha Giang and Dong Van along the Chinese border makes for some spectacular riding.
Ha Giang karsts – The beehive-like karsts in Tam Son are known as the Fairy Bosoms. Unique scenery like this makes northern Vietnam so appealing.
Chi Thanh – Fishing vessels wait in safe harbor outside of Chi Thanh in southern Vietnam.
Ho Chi Minh Highway West – The author rides through jungled terrain along the Western Ho Chi Minh Highway.
Mai Chau farming – A rural stopover in Mai Chau allows riders to experience northern Vietnam's traditional farming ways. Affordable home stays can be found throughout the village.
Ho Chi Minh Highway West – A rainbow appears over the Western Ho Chi Minh Highway during a break in the rain. This remote section of road has become something of a legend for motorcyclists traversing the length of Vietnam.
Can Tho – Can Tho, the largest city in the Mekong Delta, is famous for its floating markets. Vendors can be found selling fresh produce, meat and fish out of their own boats.
Ganh Da Dia – Just outside of Chi Thanh is Ganh Da Dia. This curious location has thousands of hexagonal, basalt columns rising on the edge of the South China Sea. Despite the similarities to the Giant's Causeway in Ireland, few tourists know about this place.
Phong Nha rice fields – Besides being home to two of the largest caves in the world, the quiet village of Phong Nha also houses incredible karst mountains, picturesque rice fields and enough adventure activities to ensure most travelers end up extending their stay.
Steaming grain – Vendors clean and prepare grain to be sold at the floating markets in the Mekong Delta.
Ma Pi Leng – The deepest canyon in all of Southeast Asia can be found between Dong Van and Bao Lac. The Ma Pi Leng Pass is one of the most challenging rides in the country, but the sensational views into fading gorges create lasting memories.
Than Uyen rice terraces – The road from Than Uyen to Nghia Lo is lined with terraced rice fields that are carved into every acre of arable land. Few tourists ever make it to this part of Vietnam, meaning that motorcyclists make up the majority of visitors.
Sapa Highway – Highway QL4D grips to the side of soaring mountains on the ride between Lai Chau and Sapa. These peaks are often shrouded in clouds, but the lucky few riders that get to experience the views will never forget them.
Coc Pai Road – Extra care must be taken along the northern route, as the roads are often left in disrepair.
Tan Hoa girl – Riding a motorbike allows you to visit tiny villages that public buses can't get to. While it's foolish to believe you are the "first foreigner" a person has ever seen, it's not uncommon to spend time with villagers that have rarely connected with an international visitor before, such as this intensely curious young girl in Tan Hoa village.
Khe Sanh tanks – Besides the thrill of exploring Vietnam's stunning landscapes, an important aspect to the ride is learning about the tragic war history that plagued the nation from 1954-1975. Outside of Khe Sanh is a fascinating open-air museum with tanks, planes, weapons and vehicles on display.