We spent a delightful two days trekking around the hill villages with a local guide. Each village was a different tribe, colorful and friendly. The weather was rather cold and rainy but we managed one half day of sort of sun. Muddy walking but hotel lent us boots, umbrella and I bought a cheap rain poncho to cover my camera. Picturesque place, reminded us of Nepal. Would go there and Halong Bay and skip rest of big cities although we have found our way around Hanoi which has a good ethnological museum. One more day, then off to Angkor Wat.