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Reviews for Hilltribes of the North 4.5 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.

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4 Ingrid M, 15/04/15

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Good itinerary, variety, activity.

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5 David Ralph , 17/07/12

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Really loved cycling through the villages and paddy fields around Mai Chau.  The locals were so friendly and the surroundings so relaxing and atmospheric.

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0 Judy Kershaw, 10/04/12
Even though I had read that February is the foggiest month in the mountains of north Vietnam I was still expecting sun, blue sky & stunning views of terraced valleys.  But what I got was so much better.  The thick mist & rain which obliterated any view until we reached the valley bottom was a sobering reminder of just how hard life is for the hilltribe people.  Thick mud would find its way into their flimsy wooden homes whilst everything they own would be damp for months on end.  And yet they continue to produce their handicrafts for sale at market day in day out in an effort to preserve their culture.  I have such admiration for them.  If you want sun and sand go to Majorca, if you want a slice of the real world, go on this trip.  We were able to return to our hotel for a hot shower and dry clothing...and experience the other parts of the trip in good weather but my lasting memory is of a group of young girls sitting together outdoors doing intricate crossstitch as the chilly mist swirled around them.
 
0 Martin Firth, 27/10/11
If you expect a purely walking trip, this isn't for you.  Although there are at least 2 purely walking point to point days and then days with walking included returning to the same base on 3 other days .This is clearly written in the Dossier and thus includes other sightseeing and recreational days. Also the optional bike rides are another important area to include in your planning to encompass all facets of the ethnic diversity of Northern Vietnam. Remember to include a fair amount of spending money for all the meals not included and optional Biking, Mountain Biking, visits to the Market etc. Overall a stunning trip (QVH -1st September 2011)
 
 
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