Subject: North of Hanoi
Hi Tom, We did not have the time to go up into the hill country North of Hanoi when we were there last but, from accounts of friends who have - it's a MUST for our next trip back. I gather the scenery around Sapa is beautiful and the villages surrounding it are fascinating.

Yes - Jan/Feb can get pretty cold in that part of the country but I prefer that to trekking in the heat! Are you planning on joining a trekking tour or doing it on your own? The food that we had in Vietnam was absolutely wonderful. You'll certainly have more basic meals and accommodation amongst the hill tribes but I doubt that you'll starve. Cheers! Judy in Hong Kong