Travel with M.Bernard DUHAMEL
After the warm reception of Vinh, our guide, we met Tong, our driver. Both are smiling, pleasant and very nice. After some hours of rest at the Blossom Hotel, we were able to begin our journey by walking through in the Hanoi's ancient quarter. What a change of scenery!!!
In Mai Chau, we discovered our room in a house on stilts and had the surprise, in the evening, to attend the local dances not planned in our program.
Then, we visited Son La, Dien Bien Phu, Lai Chau, with the magnific landscapes, rice fields, mountainous vegetation, various local markets and contacted with the minorities.
The ascent of Mount Ham Rong in SAPA allowed us to enjoy the orchild garden and the panoramic view of the city.
And what do I need to say about the Ha Long Bay? MAGNIFICENT! We were agreeably surprised by the comfort of the junk. We have been 18 passengers on board. It's very good, it mustn't create more the connections with everyone. The crew sung and took us back the chorus of VIETNAM HO CHI MINH. And then it was the turn of passengers of different nationalities to sing their country's language (Australia, Belgium, England and France). Thanks to all the crew for their kindness and the cooking chef for his cuisine and the decorations of his dishes. Vinh could come with us, because there hasn't French guide on board. THANK YOU, VINH. We took a bath in the Bay and visited the Surprise Cave.
The sampan ride at the Ha Long Bay on land delighted us. We visited the village school and the children very like the pens that we gave them.
The program prepared by TYPIC TRAVEL for us always have been perfect. It corresponded well to our expectation. Therefore, we can see that Vietnam is a culturally rich country. The Northern landscapes are varied and exotic. From villages to villages, from markets to markets, there are the colors, the habitation's modes and the different atmospheres. This region isn't yet affected by the masse's tourism. And that's good.
Thanks for Vinh and Tong for their professionalism, their kindness and their dedication. They transmitted the love of their country to us. We'll come back. A big thanks to TYPIC TRAVEL for well organizing your stay and for taking the time to come and see us twice.