My friends and I (6 females in our 50's) are spending 12 days in Vietnam next October and plan on taking the train from HCMC to Hanoi. From there we plan to go to Halong Bay and Sapa. I notice that other forums suggest breaking the long train trip. Could anyone recommend and interesting overnight stop along the way. We're more interested in culture... and shopping :)... than in beaches.
Any suggestions for we "young at heart old girls" would be much appreciated.