Just a note to would-be riders between Vietnam to Laos (I can only vouch for that direction having only come that way), it may be advisable to only go through the Cau Treo (V) - Laos Route 8 border if you want your motorbike to accompany you. We spent a gruelling two wet days, and two major bike drops in mud slicks masquerading as road, travelling all the way up to the Nam Can (V) - Nonghet (L) border to be turned away by a very officious little customs guard (I could spit on about him for hours) who claimed our bike was illegal since we didn't have 'the stamp' on our change of ownership paper. Nothing was going to make this man change his mind, even the local fuzz couldn't talk him round. Apparently he had turned down 2 NZers coming from Laos the day before, which would have been worse for them since their visa's would then have been invalid for Laos. So to save your self the hassle take this advice and go through the Cau Treo border,(or the other one West of Hue (V) though it does mean travelling a little further south if you're coming from the north. Neither side even looked at the bike. (we got very nervous when they stamped our visas USED, and we hadn't gone through customs yet. To be safe we thought we would declare it to the 'Vehicle Importation Office' on the Laos side, but they just thought we were mad and told us to be on our way. Motorbikes don't have to pay new road/bridge charges in Laos either, Sweet! (Vietnam charges 1000 dong per moto, not much but it does add up if your'e doing long stretches). If anyone wants any meagre offerings on motorbike touring in Nth Vietnam, or who to get in touch with there, especially Hanoi, give us a yell. Happy travels, bat.