We *had* to rent a motorcycle at some point in south-east Asia, or the trip wouldn’t be complete. We were too chicken/conscious of our own mortality to attempt it in Vietnam, but Laos seemed relatively safer. (Not that they require anything as idiosyncratic as a driving license to rent a motorbike, but at least the traffic was minimal). So we rented a Honda Scoopy and set off for a park about 30km out of town. We have (obviously) lived to tell the tale, and enjoyed some lovely scenery along the way.