Hi, we'll be in Hanoi for 10 days in January, and plan to spend at least 5 days in Hanoi itself, but are also interested in exploring the area around Hanoi. We had planned a 3 day trip on Howlong Bay, but are having second thoughts. The craft villages sound great, and we are most interested in nature and seeing the people and culture of the area. I had thought perhaps of a personalised tour for several days, staying in a few places outside the city, getting off the tourist track if possible (the latter was what has put me off Howlong Bay, as well as the extended travel time just to get there). Any and all suggestions greatly appreciated!!