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UNVEILING VIETNAM
Nights stay at:
1 Hanoi
2 Hanoi
3 Halong Bay
4 Hue
5 Hue
6 Hoi An
7 Hoi An
8 Nha Trang or
9 Whale Island
10 Ho Chi Minh
11 Ho Chi Minh

We have selected several of the highlights of Vietnam to bring you a taste of this extraordinary country without being too rushed. Start with the faded grandeur of Hanoi, with its elegant wide boulevards, French colonial buildings and bustling Old Quarter before spending a night sailing through tranquil Halong Bay. There is no better way to experience the bay than by spending a night on a traditional junk under skies unaffected by light pollution. 

Be charmed by the former imperial capital, Hue, with the remains of the royal palace, and mausoleums of several Emperors and then travel over the spectacular Hai Van Pass to traffic-free Hoi An with its narrow streets of traditional houses and myriad of shops and caf閟. Spend a couple of nights relaxing either in the seaside resort of Nha Trang with its long, sandy bay or at the rustic resort on nearby Whale Island. 

Refreshed, you will love the dynamism of Ho Chi Minh City with its streets overflowing with people, bicycles, motorbikes and markets and also have time to explore the Viet Cong tunnels at Cu Chi.

Cost per person from �6.00 (based on two people travelling in a twin/double room)

NORTHERN HILL TRIBES AND NATURE
Nights stay at:
1 Hanoi
2 Hanoii
3 Mai Chau
4 Son La
5 Dien Bien Phu
6 Lai Chau
7 Sapa
8 Sapa
9 Hanoi
10 Halong Bay
11 Tam Dao
or Hanoi
The northwest of Vietnam is an extraordinary region with dramatic alpine scenery, which is home to several hill tribes who still wear their colourful traditional tribal clothing. The itinerary allows time to learn about the French colonial era and the infamous battle of Dien Bien Phu, enjoy the stunning scenery and meet villagers from various ethnic minorities and learn a little about their way of life.

Start with the faded grandeur of Hanoi, with its elegant wide boulevards, French colonial buildings and bustling Old Quarter before travelling west up into the mountains and the villages around Mai Chau, home to the White Tai minority where you will spend the night in a traditional long house. The journey to Son La, to visit the former French prison, passes through Black Tai and Flower Hmong villages and tea plantations and then the mountain road to Dien Bien Phu becomes truly spectacular. The route takes you through numerous Black Tai and Red Hmong minority villages, coffee plantations and over picturesque Pha Din Pass. At Dien Bien Phu there is time to explore the famous battlefield sites before continuing to remote Lai Chau where you will have the opportunity to visit villages of the White Hmong minority.

Still high up in the mountains you continue to Sapa, stopping at Black Zao minority villages, before Mount Fansipan comes into view and you arrive at the delightful town of Sapa. Here you will encounter a myriad of ethnic minorities who gather in the market, including Flower Hmong and Red Zao, and enjoy walks along mountain trails and through the villages.

The journey back to Hanoi takes up most of the day but the journey is a feast for the eyes. From Hanoi you travel east to the coast where you will board a traditional junk for an overnight cruise through Halong Bay with its intriguing limestone islets emerging from the sea. You can just relax on the boat, visit one of the cave complexes or even try your hand at kayaking.

From Halong Bay it is an easy journey back to Hanoi for the final night or the adventure could continue with a night in the little-visited former hill station of Tam Dao where you can see the remains of grand colonial buildings and walk through the forest.

Cost per person from �0.00 (based on two people travelling in a twin/double room)

A Silk Steps inclusive holiday price includes:
� Private return transfers between airports and hotels (unless otherwise specified)
� The services of English speaking guides and representatives at each stage of the tour. Between most places you will travel unescorted
� Accommodation in a standard room (shared twin) with private facilities (unless otherwise specified) with breakfast
� Government taxes and compulsory service charges
� All tours and sightseeing as specified, inclusive of entrance fees
� Economy class air travel within all countries on the scheduled services of the national or domestic carrier as specified in each tour
� The services of our local representative
Extras:
� International flights - please contact us for up-to-date prices
� Travel insurance
� Meals - unless otherwise stated
� Optional sightseeing other than specified
� International airport departure tax payable overseas
� Visa fees
� Single supplement (on request)

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RECOMMENDED GUIDE BOOKS
Guide to Vietnam, published by Bradt in 2008
Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos handbook, published by Footprint Handbooks in 2008
The Rough Guide to Vietnam, published by Rough Guides in 2009

VISA REQUIREMENTS (UK Passport holders only)

Price

Validity

Requirements

Must be obtained in advance and is valid for stays up to 30 days. Completed visa application form, two passport photos and your passport are required to procure the visa. Current cost is �.00 (subject to change)

WEATHER

In the north, the winter is from November to April, with temperatures dropping to 16癈 with light rainfall. In the summer, from April to October, temperatures rise to 30癈 accompanied by heavy rainfall. In central Vietnam, which has a reputation of being  

For up to date weather details try BBC weather   www.bbc.co.uk/weather/

HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Apr-30 Liberation Day of South Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City
Jan/Feb Tet - Vietnamese New Year
May-19 Anniversary of the birth of Ho Chi Minh
Sep-02 National Day
Sep-24 Mid Autumn Festival

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