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Un­wind in the coun­try­side

Ar­rive in Hanoi at 05.10am on Viet­nam Air­lines. Trans­fer to Moon Gar­den Guest­house (moon­gar­den­home­s­tay. com), a de­light­ful, up­mar­ket home­s­tay in the vil­lage of My Son, 40 miles west of Hanoi. The host fam­ily of­fers cook­ery classes (spring rolls of course!), mas­sages and fra­grant steam baths, and they are happy to ex­plain lo­cal cus­toms (an­ces­tor wor­ship is very strong).

Moon Gar­den pro­vides bi­cy­cles for a leisurely ride through lo­cal vil­lages (don’t be afraid to stop and chat – lo­cals are used to cu­ri­ous for­eign­ers) or take a longer guided ex­cur­sion to the vil­lage of Duong Lam whose cen­turies-old houses show­case an an­cient way of life.

Hanoi old and new

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