We saw very little traffic, moved right over for any larger vehicles, waved, smiled, and we both had an incredible day.
Great RR. You've captured the appeal of this wonderful country -- the food, the scenery, the friendly people.
Like you, we found little traffic in the north whenever we were away from cities or tourist spots. And we managed to find some bad roads, which added to the fun -- it reminded me of riding an enduro in Louisiana.
We were in north and south Vietnam for most of March 2013 and never got rained on so I can highly recommend that time of year if you're visiting both areas. If it had been raining this road would have been REALLY fun.
We rode for miles in these ruts. Our little motorbikes were amazing. They pulled just fine through this slop and never overheated even though we were often moving at a crawl.
Work in progress
The finished product
It was amazing to see the changes happening all around the country. Construction is everywhere, everyone is hard working and has a cell phone in their hand.