vietnam 2018

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The 2018 North Vietnam tour

Dates: 2nd to 16th June 2018 (15 days).

Leaders: Tom Kompier and Phil Benstead

 

Group size: 8-12 (plus two leaders)

 

Route

Day 1 sees us all drifting into Hanoi airport and collecting in a nearby hotel to recover from our travels. The next day we leave Hanoi early to travel north to work the streams running through the karstic mountains of Huu Lien (Lang Son Province), searching for the recently-described Matticnemis doi and a host of other species, before overnighting nearby at Lang Son. Day 3 will see us relocating to Cao Bang City for two nights, here we will work an area of of mountains with larger rocky streams, home to the epic Philosina buchi, Chlorogomphus papilio and Philoganga montana. Day 4 sees us working nearby Pia Oac, a high (1000m) forested mountain nature reserve with many streams. This reserve has an astonishing odofauna with mouth-watering genera like Chlorogomphus, Sinorogomphus, Petaliaeschna, Anotogaster and Priscagrion all being available. On Day 5 we will catch up with species missed at either Cao Bang or Pia Oac before travelling back to stay once again in Hanoi. Day 6 see us driving to Ba Vi and searching for Drepanosticta. The next day we transfer to Xuan Son National Park (Phu Tho Province), a karst mountain national park with fantastic streams and great forest that supports a superb odofauna (including Philoganga vetusta...), before we move on to Nghia Lo for a three-night stay based in Yen Bai Province. Day 8 will allow further exploration of Xuan Son NP and the next day we work the higher mountain ranges of Yen Bai province with their variety of forest and hill streams, whcih should prove to be great aeshnid country. On Day 10 there should be time for more exploration of Yen Bai province and before we drive up to Sa Pa for two nights. The next day we work the Sa Pa area, a very high forested mountain region with small peat swamps at 2000+ metres which can produce high-altitude specialities like Anotogaster and Watanabeopetalia... Finally on Day 12 we take the long drive from Sa Pa to our last site the famous Cuc Phuong National Park, the oldest national park in Vietnam. The next day we explore these low karst mountains and very beautiful forest searching for gomphids and other odos. On Day 14 we have more time to explore the park before relocating back to Hanoi and our flights the next day.

 

Cost

Tour price is £1950 (deposit £200), single supplement is £300. Tribal discounts may occur at point of invoice if the £ rallies post-Brexit and you have travelled with us before...

 

Accommodation

Variable from comfortable boutique-style in Hanoi to more rough-and-ready accommodation in the National Park.

 

Flights

You need to get to Hanoi (HAN) on 2nd June and leave from there on or after the afternoon of the 16th.

 

Get in touch below to register your interest and arrange payment of the deposit.

 

 
 
 

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