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  • photonomadvc

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    I hope to travel around north Vietnam from second week in March for 2 weeks specifically to visit, home stay and photograph hill tribes. An advice and any good contacts appreciated also where is best to go using Hanoi as a base? I don't want to revisit Sapa as there are too many tourists there but i love good scenery and mountains.
    Many thanks for any help in this regard.

    #1 Posted: 23/1/2014 - 04:59

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  • daawgon

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    photonomadvc - I think you need a good local travel agent. My agent specializes in the area, and I think he will be able to help you.

    #2 Posted: 23/1/2014 - 09:41

  • nathuy

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    photonomadvc: i like that way you're thinking. i also hate the place where is crowded. i suggest you "Dien Bien". it belongs to northern vietnam. it has mountain and landscapes are beautiful

    #3 Posted: 24/1/2014 - 19:46

  • MADMAC

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    I suggest the Austrian alps. Man, incredible scenery and those Austrians - talk about a hill tribe with interesting culture!

    #4 Posted: 24/1/2014 - 23:30

  • photonomadvc

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    Many thanks for your suggestions, I'll look into Dien Bien, I love vietnam anyway and the mountain people especially.
    As for Madmac, i go fly fishing in Austria and I know the hill tribe there also in Slovenia, some of the best fishing anywhere.
    Daawgon, I don't really want a commercial travel agent, people who make their living from tourists tend to get jaded and avaricious. I prefer to interact with local people who are usually far more friendly and helpful.

    #5 Posted: 25/1/2014 - 07:04

  • MADMAC

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    "I prefer to interact with local people who are usually far more friendly and helpful."

    But language does become a problem then... I think this is the single biggest reason I prefer hanging out in rural Thailand when I want that "authentic" (I use the term loosely here) thing. I can still communicate. Chuck me into the backwoods of Vietnam and now communication is very limited.

    #6 Posted: 25/1/2014 - 09:22

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