As with most reviewers here, we found Adventure Indochina via TripAdvisor. As our (2 adults and 10 year old daughter) first trip out of the heady but amazing madness of Hanoi, we were looking forward to relative tranquility and authenticity... and we got them both in spades.
Although late picking us up (by 45 mins) and experiencing a small altercation with traffic police (no idea why - standard stop and check on papers etc), and quite a trek out of Hanoi with requisite drinks/food break half way through the 4 hour journey, we weren't at all disappointed on arrival at the home stay village Adventure Indochina had arranged.
Our guide Twan was a delight...taking care to make sure our daughter was OK and interacted really well speaking good English. He led us on a bike ride through rice paddies, seeing traditional weavers at work on old looms in stilted house villages (although much of the product on sale is mass produced now of course), providing insightful commentary on the way of life past and present in the valley.
To our daughter's delight, our bamboo lodge for the one night stay was located right in front of rice paddies in a wonderful part of the valley.
After an eventful night's sleep (big storm!) we awoke to a sunny day and Twan led us on a great walk to the local market, and then up several hundred steps to a lovely surprise in a limestone cavern with stalactites and stalagmites in abundance (although some have been damaged by people living there).
Food was really good, well organised and friendly hosts, lovely part of Vietnam well worth the visit before it disappears 100% disappears to homestay tourism. Highly recommend is company ... And ask for Twan !
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