This is not just a motor-cycle adventure through wonderful parts of Vietnam , it's a chance to contribute to the well-being of children that still live with the legacy of war.

An exclusive group of committed bikers from the US and Australia in April participated in Rally Indochina, a trip along mountainous paths in the North, down the remnants of the original Ho Chi Minh Trail in central Vietnam, to raise money for local children.

Over 10 days, they rode classic, Soviet-era motorcycles through spectacular mountainous countryside, past verdant rice fields, grazing buffaloes and dramatic, jungle-clad and limestone karst mountains.

They enjoyed the friendship of countryside folk, the comradeship from other riders, the delights of local's excellent food and the comfort of well-appointed hotels.

"Very satisfied" is all Paul Sylvester said after the trip.

He received a notice about the rally six months ago and immediately reached out to the organisers, Blue Dragon Children's Foundation and Explore Indochina to sign up.

Sylvester has been to Vietnam three times, but focused his attention on the major cities of the north, south and central parts of the country.

"I have always wanted to see more of the countryside, small villages, and historical sites, and this ride was a perfect opportunity to get a better feel for the country," he said.

At first, he was attracted to the ride, but the charity gave it a sense of meaning and purpose that he wasn't expecting, and really enhanced the experience.

"It was a nice way to get an understanding of the plight of some children in Vietnam , and witness firsthand the difference that Blue Dragon Children's Foundation is making and see the value of our contributions," he said.

Having enjoyed his time in the beautiful country, his best memories are of the beautiful people that they encountered on the trip, especially the children in the villages who were so curious, friendly and happy, he said.

" Vietnam looks to have a great future with those kids," he concluded.

History professor Paul Arthur Hunt from Australia joined the first rally last year and this time he brought his family along on the absolutely fantastic trip to help them understand more about Vietnamese history, he said.

While Sylvester has rode motorbikes in Vietnam many times, Hunt hasn't, but on a three-wheel motorbike he felt safe.

Hunt and his family visited the Blue Dragon centre in Hanoi and Hue City where his sons played football with poor local kids.

Hunt and his family had a wonderful trip in Vietnam , they enjoyed the landscape and culture, contributed in charity and met the little girl they love after 18 years.

"I could not be happier with all the people, restaurants and cafes that we encountered along the way," Hunt said.

"You have a wonderful, beautiful and spectacular country, even all the war stuff is important to know and remember," he said, "it was the trip of a lifetime and I'm sure I will return someday.".-VNA