Why choose Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi for your stay in Hanoi city ?

Have you ever traveled to Hanoi and spent time in a 5 star hotel with the richest history of Hanoi as Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi?


Built in 1901, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is located a short walk from the Opera House in the French Quarter of Hanoi and is regarded as the Grande Dame of South-East Asia. During the first half of the twentieth century, it became the meeting place of the high society of the ancient city of Hanoi.

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Going back in time to this hotel, you will have the opportunity to discover its colonial splendor and timeless elegance. Go ahead and find out with us.

First, you can dive into the past by exploring the majestic corridors rich history. Behind its classic white facade lies its green shutters, wrought iron amenities, beautiful paneling, the paths through the lush green lawns, those that allow you to discover more than a century of history and traditions the hotel.

Regarding the hotel’s rooms and suites have been decorated in turn of the century style, the Graham Greene suites, Charlie Chaplin and Somerset Maugham who give a luxurious look at the former Indochina, welcomed many luminaries world.

Specifically, in this hotel, you can enjoy a legendary cuisine in the most famous restaurants in the city you opt for French menus Beaulieu, Italian gastronomy Angelina or the exotic flavors of the Spices Garden Hanoi. In addition, organizing special events, an unforgettable wedding in the beautiful garden on the roof or the sophisticated lounge is quite possible.

Recently, the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi in the list of the 100 best hotels in the world in 2014 published by the tourist guide Fodor’s Travel.

For this ranking Fodor’s Travel has invited 500 contributors from around the world to nominate the best hotels. Journalists working for the guides were then reduced the list of 4,000 establishments to keep only the most representative 100 of the global hotel industry. The Top 100 is divided into eight categories: classic, beach getaway, stay in the countryside, trip of a lifetime, all-inclusive holiday, chic boutique, small hotels and modern city. And for the first time, travelers have been invited to participate by offering properties for the choice category of readers.

From generation to generation, the staff of Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has learned to master the tradition of the art of hospitality.

Certainly, this hotel offers great time. So, discover this iconic building source of lasting memories since 1901 while traveling to Hanoi.

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Viet Hai village: good plan for trekking in Vietnam

Located 18km from the island of Cat Ba, nestled in a small valley, the village of Viet Hai includes more than 70 homes. To reach it, you have to make a trek in 4 or 5 hours in the Cat Ba National Park after spending the Lan Ha Bay by boat. This crossing of the rainforest is a real journey for adventure lovers.


It takes a 4 or 5 hours trekking to reach the village

This is due to travel difficulties, Viet Hai remains a remote village in the world … It is this isolation that has kept the most authentic characteristics of the villages of the Red River Delta: small cottages cob walls to emerge lush gardens, the animals live together with men, smoke shacks walks in the sky … This peaceful atmosphere is opposed to that of the tourist area of Cat Ba, a mysterious and extraordinary place to visitors but also for the locals.

Forest in Viet Hai – a mysterious and extraordinary place to visitors

Hidden in the mountains and wild forests, the people of Viet Hai are very modest and simple people, where generosity and sharing are part of their daily. For example, the motorcycles of the “wealthy” families are often available for neighbors, houses are always open even if the owner is away, everyone is willing to give a helping hand if a neighbor would come in to apply. Specifically, social evils and criminals do not exist in this village of peace. This is why the presence of only two policemen enough to settle administrative cases.

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You can take a tour of the village by bicycle

Viet Hai is an ideal site for anyone who loves to discover and explore. It is these features that attract tourists. In recent years, tens of thousand visitors came to Viet Hai despite the difficult accessibility. All have heard of a wilderness wilderness offering an experience off the beaten track. Arrived in Viet Hai, they prefer to stay home residents to understand the most of their daily lives. This site allows them to live quietly, peacefully in the wilderness, amid honest, sincere and friendly.

Over time, the natives are becoming more accustomed to the world of international travelers to other cultures never before. They soon began to organize, with the help of the authorities, a form of regional tourism model. Services thus appeared, small restaurants have opened, serving fresh food and from the garden. Having tasted the delicious local dishes, tourists can take a tour of the village on foot or by bicycle, or engage in a hike in the woods. In the evening, it is interesting to gather around the fire to listen to stories, fantastic legends, told by village elders.

A tourism development project Viet Hai was set up, led by soldiers of Hai Phong. The services have been completed, conditions have been improved, better disseminated information, etc. Le Viet Hai village is certainly a site off the beaten path for travelers who have the spirit of unusual discovery.

You might find a clear idea of the trip with tourist agencies and embark on an unforgettable adventure.

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9 good reasons to use trekking poles in your Vietnam trekking holiday


Why should you use hiking poles.

Tacky, useless, cumbersome, conformity, fad, unnatural, for old … Many adjectives and excuses from those who do not use little or poorly hiking poles. I thought the same … until I put myself in Iceland during a trek on Eyjafjallajökull. Some postpone their use as they postpone a visit to the dentist. Preferring pain prevention thereof and care … until the day that includes using hiking sticks can go faster, farther, longer. And those who think that it is only for tourists to the mountain, I invite you to follow me in my solitary walks :)
1 Reduced effort on your joints, especially your knees

This may seem insignificant little view for a short distance but increase the differences in height and length of the trek and believe me, you will immediately feel the difference in the distribution of different and more homogeneous weight. The joints are under less stress. When I turn the challenge of Mont Blanc alone in less than a week this summer (5,5j). I woke up the morning of the fourth day with a horrible knee pain to the point that I thought I was abandoned. In the end, I was able to continue referring mainly muscular effort on sticks and by using it as a crutch. Note that the ideal solution would have been to stop hiking at this point but I wanted to prove to myself that the mind is stronger than the physical. I forced, I finished and I got the following over a month of stopping any physical activity. (little clever, lesson learned. You tell me, is like a hike with too heavy to learn by suffering the benefits of light hiking bag.)

 2 Smoothes the difficult terrain

Clearly, it is easier to overcome obstacles like rocks (not requiring climbing) as the Gr20. Crossing small streams and also becomes easy.

3 A greater balance and gain stability

You have 2 points more support. With your feet, that gives us four stable support. One could almost compete with goats. On slippery surfaces, or sometimes I slipped because of mud and small stones rolling, I was very happy to catch me using my sticks. If you also want to go on a run downhill, the stability provided by the poles will be a big advantage.

4 A supply of power and speed

We walk faster with sticks because they also work the upper body. Uphill, you can enjoy the thrust of his arms that improve the traction. In case your climb rate is already high, it helps keep longer. If you are a fan of Nordic walking, you know that it increases your average walking speed on flat or flat wrong. In the mountains, it’s the same. Efforts are better distributed. Race (with backpack), they allow fast reflexes on stable support positions with the upper body when changing paths without hindering the movement of the legs and without much loss of speed

 5 A walking comfort

Your walking posture is more natural, less bent (if you hold your sticks well). They should be at waist height, your elbow 90 degrees when you are standing. In fact you should not walk bent as Nepalese porters with you if you have sticks. A real benefit for your back and spine.

6 Improves walking pace

When the terrain is hilly, a different pace of walking on the climbs and descents are adopted. People often cling their bag uphill, bending forward. Downhill on the small slippery rock, is expected to slip at any moment, a little on that bright. With sticks, unless the ground is very steep, the pace of walking with 4 support on the ground is much more uniform. You can keep a steady walking pace over time. Without making totally ignore the ground, one can almost disconnected follow a rhythm of a metronome. It is also one of my favorite running sensations. When I let my mind do other occupations and I swallow without fail for many kilometers.

 7 To reduces muscle fatigue

Not only will your legs are not the only ones to work (since the upper body is involved), but the weight supported at every step is slightly lower. This may seem insignificant for a short distance but since we are talking about multi-day treks, it will have a big impact on your overall fitness.

 8 Can save in critical condition

Gain stability on slopes or downhill is actually a plus. It feels more secure and our actions are more natural. Similarly, the sticks can be used to gauge the strength of a passage, the depth of the snow. Is also possible (if string) to take a partner for a short distance.

9 Trekking poles are multi-purpose

They have been my crutch, to eliminate humidity ferns droplets, they can be used to make a tarp shelter to repel wildlife. As the Emei Shan where I had bamboo hiking :)

Despite many advantages mentioned above, we must keep in mind that the use of hiking poles can cause inconvenience

The grip sticks. The technique of handling sticks is very simple and requires little practice but you have to learn the right things from the start.

The adjustment field. Whether uphill or downhill, as well as some difficult passages or they will have to hang up the hiking poles must be adapted to the terrain

Environmental and noise pollution. The intensive use of hiking poles can damage the fragile vegetation, rocks, soil, etc. It’s a bit like mountain biking. It is a means of transport but green product damage. Furthermore, the use of hiking poles without rubber tip produces a characteristic sound that can be in the long run, more than tiresome. So that everyone can enjoy the tranquility of our trails, use bits.

Difficult to handle especially in dense undergrowth

Dimensions of hands: yeah, not always easy to read a map with sticks or access binoculars unless his hands in the straps (called straps) and we pass that we did a little attention.

The price. This is an additional investment. I do not hide it. However, the benefits of long-term use are much larger compared to the cost. At worst, you can manufacture wooden sticks in place if buying a quality product and durable you off.

One or two sticks: is it worth it to have one, the weight, the ride comfort? For me, the question does not arise. Even on flat ground, I always prefer to enjoy 2 additional support rather than one. In addition, a single stick will take you to adopt an asymmetric market that force you to change from time to time labor.

Conclusion: Hiking sticks are indispensable to me. Try hiking poles is to adopt! They are not a fad for “tourist mountain.” They are a modern adaptation of traditional practices (pilgrims, shepherds, etc). Before that we used, we now takes two. Use the argument of “fashion” for not using would prefer the wooden clogs shoes modern rides (which, for some, are very flashy effect) by what is trendy. Walking sticks, once we have learned to use them, are excellent tools for walking. Health gain, power, speed … But if you prefer the risk of micro-traumas, muscle fatigue that sooner or later you will be disabling, you may feel that you can do without. But I’ll talk about it when you wait quietly in the downhill (or uphill), with painful knees)

Hanoi, mixte of modern and old life

Hanoi, mixte of modern and old life

Hanoi, mixte of modern and old life


11 am, we are in the city center of Hanoi, pollution and noise are waiting for you … And yes, with 3.1 million people, understandably a bit. I’m shooting for more than two hours with my backpack (20kg) to find a hotel that has a room available, two days before the eve of the new year, everything is complete.

I put my choice hotel opposite the tourist information center in the city and in the area of ​​Old Hanoi, 50 meters from Hoan Kiem Lake, there is a greater than my usual budget category, it cost me 20 dollars per night but it is clean and the room has a window. Here the buildings do not measure more than 3 meters wide (government regulation) but against buildings can be up to 100 meters long and therefore not all parts of window and some offers darkrooms. This bit will not be annoying if they were not wet, which is the most common case. I begin my exploration of the city with a visit to the shopping streets of the old town (district 36 streets), I take this walk to circle multiple agencies for a cruise on Halong Bay. Prices range from $ 45 to $ 500 for a 3-day cruise and 2 nights. I would opt for the middle ground of 185 dollars which includes the route Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi, meals morning, noon and night, the cabin individually, the cave entrance and fishing museum.

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This morning I am going to discover Hanoi. Given the traffic in Saigon and my experience, I prefer to do walking tours. I walk from street to street, when suddenly, I cross the railway track that runs through the city. The houses have a live output on the track and when the train passes people nuzzles against the walls to avoid being swept away. I continued towards the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, a huge and very leafy square. It was at this place that was proclaimed for the first time in 1945 the country’s independence. Direction the Temple of Literature, which dates from 1070 and was not too sudden transformation. This is actually the first university in the country where the children were taught in Mandarin and Confucian thought. I continue the day by visiting the governor’s palace, pagodas and the Museum of Fine Arts.


This morning I am going to visit St. Joseph’s Cathedral which offers red and gold colors of all beauties. I realize also see the opera house in 1911 and copied to the Opera Garnier. And along the streets, I visit and discovers a little more this city. I spend the night near my hotel, the bleachers have been installed all over the city for shows. 22h to 23h30 on the roundabout Cau Go, a circus style show Beijing occurs to celebrate the end of the year. After that, I go take a look at the singers who perform before the opera. When I returned to the hotel around 1am, so not too late for to start the year I leave tomorrow for cruising on Halong Bay. All the hotel staff met and enjoy a buffet which they suit me warmly. The year ended well and the beginning of year seems a good start.


I spend the day in the old town to explore the neighborhood of 36 streets which lies between the river and the citadel. This is an area that should beings in 2010 enrolled in the heritage of UNESCO. The neighborhood dates from the fifteenth century, every street has a specialty, street haberdashery, footwear, musical instruments … and more surprisingly, in my opinion, the street headstones.Return to the hotel in the evening and relax.


I take my last day in Hanoi to visit some temples for tomorrow I take the bus to Vientiane in Laos.

Hue, great moment to visit imperial city and Kings ‘s tombs


Hue is located in the center of the country, it is a World Heritage Site and extends along the Perfume River came from the Annamite Cordillera. I’m going to explore the Imperial City. This is the only example of imperial city of Vietnam still exists. It was built from 1804 to 1833 on models of the Chinese imperial palace. It extends over an area of 10 km and is accessed by bridges that were once closed by large doors. It is very pleasant to walk in the grounds of the city. It is a peaceful and lovely place. A bit of everywhere, they are rebuilding the city to restore its old character. I spend the day exploring the city and its enchanting surroundings.

great moment to visit imperial city and Kings 's tombs

great moment to visit imperial city and Kings ‘s tombs


This morning I am leaving for a cruise on the Perfume River which takes its name from the numerous medicinal herbs hitherto grown on its banks and discover the imperial tombs.

These tombs or mausoleums do not wear their name because, in fact, it was the imperial residences. But somewhere in those sets are buried the kings but no one knows where their bodies were buried as with most of their fortune. To prevent looters and treasure hunters, we should not know where they were. The largest is that of Tu Duc. It is fantastic. It covers several acres and access to the pier, we must hire the services of a motorcycle but totally worth it. It is in the middle of nowhere and the site is beautiful. With that of Minh Mang, it is the most beautiful. All throughout the cruise we stopped to visit pagoda and mausoleum. I spend a great time on this boat, then back to 16.30 on the center of Hue, because in a little over an hour, I took the bus to Hanoi.

Following my stay in Vietnam, Hoi An via Hue and ending with the equally magnificent Halong Bay!

Hoi An

Hoi An

Hoi An

We arrived in Hoi An at 7am, it is not easy to find a room at this hour. I tape around the town and visit at least one very wet fortnight hotels or rooms or the exorbitant price! 8:30, I finally found a decent room with an affordable price. I ask myself and as the night in the bus was not great, I slumps. In the early afternoon, I begin exploring the modern city, very touristy. I rented a bike to go around. A few kilometers from the center is large sandy beaches with huge hotel complexes. The area is unattractive except for those who want to spend some time in the sea. Back on the center in the evening, I dine in a restaurant in front of my hotel. This is an adorable little family restaurant. The gentleman and the lady was very nice and the little girl in the house is to crack, about the food, amazing! I gave free rein to the hostess for the choice of the dish and I enjoy sautéed beef with noodles, I’ll probably eat here for lunch and dinner.


8:30, I’m off to explore the old city declared World Heritage by UNESCO.Hoi An was the capital of the Cham kingdom in the fifteenth century. It is here that landed Alexandre de Rhodes in 1625 He stayed there three years and learned Vietnamese and began his work as a Latinization of this language, why he invented the Vietnamese alphabet, quoc ngu (with many accents) from the letters of the Roman alphabet, then when the Ming dynasty in China was overthrown many mandarins and merchants took refuge in Hoi An and it did strain, is we owe them the best houses, the Japanese also came and owes them the original Sino-Japanese art style of the city.

I walk into the old town by a small street that leads directly against the Japanese bridge that was built in 1593, it is 20 meters long and is roofed with yellow and green tiles. Inside, it houses a pagoda dedicated to two legendary characters. Home Phun Hung, historical monument, it is a traditional house, it is based on 80 pillars of ironwood laid on marble pedestals. Inside it is only valuable wood (mahogany, jackfruit …) for beams. This house was built in 1780 and for 7 generations of the same family if successive. They still live there and are there for tourists there are several houses to visit in the city and each has its charm. Many are now used as trade. In fact, the old city, which is closed to traffic all year and pedestrian use three days a week, is a maze of trade but with a lot of charm. I enjoy having the time and get lost in the alleys of the city while the rest of the day.


After reading the guide book’s explanations on the altar of old Mr. God, I decided to visit him.It’s not like the traditional place of sightseeing houses. In fact Mr. God to a little shop of everything and anything and willingly lets the curious access its ancient altar. He speaks fluent French and is not stingy with the history of his city. We spend time together very enjoyable. God thank you sir for your welcome and very quickly. For the rest of the day, I wander and wander through the old town and the neighboring villages.

After finding out last night that a midnight mass is provided on the front of the church of Hoi An, I decided to make half and then surprise … there are at least 1,500 people an hour before the start of the mass. I make my way to the middle of the crowd as the ceremony was held outside in the courtyard of the church. At the back of the court with a platform is mounted on the left side, the representation of the nativity. Then the priest comes to that, he blessed the faithful in Vietnamese and English and French and to finish the whole Mass, he travels all three languages. The songs resonate throughout the city. There is a very great fervor and I believe it is the most beautiful midnight mass at which I participated to date.

Day of doing nothing, after all, it’s Christmas …

From the Ha Long Bay to the mountains of Hoang Su Phi

In September 2013 I decided to go on a trek to meet the minority ethnic groups in northwestern Vietnam Pathen, Tay, long tunic Dao , Nung, red Dao . 8 hours of walking a day do we go from ethnic groups in ethnic, village to village, among the rice fields, crossing rivers. With a guide, an assistant guide and 6 carriers. Each ethnic group with its customs and language, they do not communicate.

I also experienced something very hard taking care of many people stopped on the roadside, being aware that a nurse was going in the corner! Despite the language barrier, I could communicate with gestures, smiles, glances … unforgettable wealth!Form night homestay allows us to immerse ourselves closer to the cultures of minorities, saying the happiest in the world.

Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay is a body of water of approximately 1,500 square kilometers located in northern Vietnam, the Gulf of Tonkin, near China and 170 km east of Hanoi. It is bordered by a coastline of 120 km. Its landscape is marked by the 1969 karst islands that have earned the site to be inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1994.Aboard a three-stage junk we leave for a tour in the bay, at the turn of the rocks, sailing in calm and serenity.

By mid-afternoon, a storm boats allows us to pass under a rock with stalactites, arriving on a closed stretch of water, with only the sound of the exotic birds. Happiness !!!We spend our first night on the junk, after a beautiful sunset and a hearty dinner of several kinds of fish.

The next morning, the junk back on the road to the Cave of surprises, we visit: it consists of three rooms stones larger and larger, with impressive stalagmites and stalactites, which gives the imagination forms the most diverse. The play of light is sublime. At the entrance of the cave, two appendices stone are reminiscent of the feet: they are assigned to the engineering of the cave, guard the entrance. Near the cave, a fishing village consists of wooden huts.

By late morning, we return to port, and leave the seaside to an east-west crossing of Vietnam by minibus to the starting point of our trek … No more lazy, time for work! We meet our guide and his assistant.

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The discovery of rice

For this first day of work, I discovered landscapes previously unknown to me: paddy cultivation in floors. We carry our bags for the day, so that carriers are responsible for our bags for 15 days.

At noon, we had lunch at Pathen villagers, in a simple house. We learn to respect the traditions of ethnic minorities in Vietnam, including ancestor worship: an altar is found in every home it is installed there at the time of New Year of the year following the construction of the house. It includes incense sticks, offerings, photos of ancestors and “Uncle Ho Chi Minh.” There are rules to follow: do not place the bag in front, do not sit in front, do not plant his chopsticks upright in the rice bowl (akin to sticks of incense on the altar).

Passing a school, we learn that education is compulsory until the end of the third. Every Monday morning, students are responsible to bring their own chairs for the weekly meeting is actually a tribute to Ho Chi Minh. In the countryside, the school takes place only in the morning, afternoon children lead buffalo in the fields.

At night, we sit in the Tay people in houses on stilts, and take the “drink of friendship” to corn alcohol base. The stilt houses are formed in the same way regardless of ethnicity: the barnyard and buffalo on the ground, and the common room with the ancestors’ altar to the first, on bamboo boards. We find the ancestral altar, suspended hearth (with food reserves), and the second rice bowl.

Shamanic ceremony

The awakening taking place at 4am with our friends below (roosters, ducks, dogs …), we expect under nets sunrise. After breakfast, we leave the family to resume our journey along the river, across cultures.At noon, we had lunch at Tay, in a house on stilts with a gentleman who used a shaman to treat sleep disorders, anorexia, digestive disorders and anxiety; problems he attributes to the fact of not having asked permission ancestors for building his house. We have the chance to attend the ceremony of the shaman.

A long walk ahead of us in the afternoon, and we change district arriving at a new minority: Dao long tunic. Mr Ben welcomes us into his house on stilts. Women chew Bethen sheets, making them shiny black teeth

Crossing and swimming in the river

In the morning we start by visiting the village school where we distribute notebooks, pens, markers, … The walk then continues to a river we must cross. The water we knee-length or mid-thigh according to our size, but the current is low enough to let us through without us win. We arrived late morning at a local market in Nung.

Having walked at a brisk pace, we come from 14h Xinh at Mr Tay and his family in a house on stilts. After lunch, the afternoon is “free”: we leave for an afternoon optional walk along a river where we discover the art of fishing with local devices bamboo.

Upon returning from the trip, we can bathe and wash in the river, but fresh showers are not common in the Vietnamese countryside, bathing is not a luxury !!!

The hardest day trek to the “Heavenly Palace”

We leave very early (even today, roosters and ducks have saved us the breakdown pillow) for our longest and hardest day of our trek to the “Heavenly Palace,” in the mountains of Huang Su Phi, in 1250, in a temperature and humidity very unfavorable welfare hikers. However, the beautiful scenery makes us overcome these difficulties, and walking is very pleasant.Today we return to the simple houses, very dark, but where we find tables and chairs in red Dao.


All day we walk through the rice fields. The guide explains the interest of culture stages, due to terrain. After plowing, farmers apply the technique of transplanting. Rice requires heavy irrigation, 5 to 10 cm.In the mountains, people divert some rivers with bamboo tubes. Harvesting is done with a sickle; depending on the region, there is between 1 and 3 annual crops.Until 2005, every newborn at birth received a parcel of land. After harvest, rice is stored dan attics. A party may be sold in case of plenty, if not all, used to feed the family.At noon, we had lunch at the Red Dao in a simple house. The evening we arrived in Nung, in house on stilts.

Sunday, the day of meat!

Today is Sunday: Day of meat for people who can not afford that luxury once a week. Since the beginning of the trek we almost vegetarian. To follow the custom, the guide buys a duck (one of those we had woken up at 4:30 this morning), put it in a bag and left in the care of two porters, who shook and trimbalent throughout the course of the morning. Around 11 am, the two carriers distort our company, not accelerating. When we arrive at 13h at Mr Phu, a Red Dao family, the duck is plucked and ready to be cooked with ginger and cardamom leaves!

In the afternoon, the path leads us to the Dao long tunic, where women embroider and make necklaces. We are fortunate to be able to shower in front of the duck pond and various animals.

Heavenly Gate

The hike this morning takes us to the Celestial Gate, or Cong Troi door Engineering Horse. We throw grass to bring us luck, and so changing district. The landscape changes, we enter a forest of chestnut trees and bamboo. We take our lunch at the Red Dao, Monday food is very poor and only Vegan, since people paid more for the meal of the day before to buy meat.

Tonight is our last night already the trek, as we begin to get used to nights out of bamboo, and the yard at any time of day or night!

Back to the capital

This morning, we leave for our final morning hiking in cultured black rice used in the manufacture of medicinal plants, and tea that women are picking. A storm is expected in the coming days, people also begin harvesting rice eagerly. We reach the minibus, make our farewells to the holders, and take the road to Hanoi, with a break in the Pan Hou village, in small boxes lost in the Vietnamese countryside. There, the reward of the trek ahead: massage bath, massage shower.

Visiting the local market is also very typical: the program, legs spread, meat hooks of “butcher” incubated eggs, chicks fetus, fish … and liquor bottles containing crows and snakes. Just like in Bronzés are skiing !!!

Visit Hanoi

The last day is dedicated to the Ha Noi visit, the capital of Vietnam, 3 million, but far exceeded by its rival Ho Chi Minh City, located further south.

On the agenda today:

- A visit to the Tran Quoc Pagoda on the edge of Grand Lake;
- A visit to the One Pillar Pagoda;
- The transition to the monument to Ho Chi Minh, with his tomb, beside the place where he had declared Vietnam’s independence in 1945;
- Visit the Temple of Literature, dedicated largely to Confucius;
- Visit the Museum of Ethnography, interior and exterior, replicating habitats of minorities;
- Puppet theater;
- The Little Lake in Hanoi;
- The streets, shops, tangled electrical son, his rickshaw and unusual events …