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Undiscovered Land of the Blue Dragon

Vietnam in 15 Days, 13 Nights in Destination

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This comprehensive tour of Vietnam traverses the country from North to South, stopping in major cities and natural landmarks alike for an unforgettable experience.

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    Halong Bay
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    Hanoi
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    Ho Chi Minh
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    Mui Ne

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  2. Accommodation

  3. All transfers

  4. Activities

  5. Some meals

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  • 12 nights in Charm and Superior category hotels.
  • 1 night on Ha Long Bay cruise.
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  • 1 night on Ha Long Bay cruise.

Accommodation: 13 Nights

Itinerary

Explore the natural wonders and undiscovered lands of Vietnam as you travel off the beaten track from the bustling capital of Hanoi to the lush Central Highlands and historic Ho Chi Minh City. Cruise overnight on the magical Ha Long Bay, discover the cultures of rural Buon Ma Thuot, experience the beaches of Nha Trang, and see the sunsets and sand dunes of Mui Ne

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Night on board

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Ready to explore the natural wonders and vibrant culture of Vietnam? Head to your departure airport to check-in for an overnight flight to Hanoi. Night on board.

*If your flight arrives in Hanoi in the early hours of the morning, and you wish to have your room available before 2:00 p.m, you can book early check-in in the next step of the booking process. 

2nd Day: Hanoi

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Touch down in Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital and a city filled with glistening lakes, shaded boulevards, colonial architecture and bustling, moped-filled streets. Meet your local guide at the airport and transfer to the city, enjoying a brief orientation tour along the way. Arrive at the hotel, check-in, and enjoy the remainder of the day exploring or relaxing at your leisure. Overnight stay in Hanoi.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Chalcedony Hotel or similar
tripadvisor rating

355 Reviews

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3rd Day: Hanoi

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Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off on a guided tour of the city’s highlights. Visit the Ethnology Museum to learn about Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups and the richness and diversity of Vietnamese culture and enjoy a bowl of traditional Pho soup for lunch, considered the national dish and voted as one of the worlds 50 best dishes. In the afternoon discover the Old Quarter on an exciting walking tour. Visit the Heritage House, a traditional house built around the end of the 19th century and now preserved as a point of interest with exhibitions providing information on the history of Hanoi city as well as showcasing the lifestyle of the former inhabitants. The rest of the day is free at your leisure. We recommend an optional visit to a local home with dinner to get to know more about life in Hanoi from an authentic Vietnamese family.* Overnight stay in Hanoi.

*Optional Local Home Visit with Dinner: Get to know a local family personally as you spend an evening enjoying warm Vietnamese hospitality at a family home in Hanoi. Understand more about Vietnamese culture and traditions whilst feasting on tasty traditional homemade food. 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Chalcedony Hotel or similar
tripadvisor rating

355 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Half-Day Guided City Tour of Hanoi

Moderate

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Optional
Local Home Visit with Dinner in Hanoi

Light

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4th Day: Hanoi

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Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, getting to know vibrant Hanoi at your own pace, exploring its authentic neighbourhoods or shopping for souvenirs. We recommend an optional excursion to Ninh Binh City.* Overnight stay in Hanoi.

*Optional Full-Day Ninh Binh Excursion: Set off to the region of Ninh Binh, famous for its karst mountains and misty caves. Take a rowing boat along the natural canals of the Thung Nham Valley and explore a number of mystical caves along the way. Stop at a local restaurant for lunch before continuing to Mua Cave, where a 20-minute climb rewards you with breathtaking views of the Tam Coc landscape.

Please note: There are 465 steps to the peak of Mua Cave. It is not suitable for small children or those with reduced mobility.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Chalcedony Hotel or similar
tripadvisor rating

355 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

Optional
Full-Day Ninh Binh Excursion

Moderate

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5th Day: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay/ Lan Ha Bay

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After breakfast at the hotel, set off by road to Ha Long Bay or Lan Ha Bay* (depending on the selected boat) one of Vietnam's most iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here, thousands of spectacular limestone islets and grottoes rise from the clear emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Board your cruise boat and enjoy a welcome drink as you settle in on board. As the boat begins to cruise throughout the stone islets, enjoy lunch as you take in the amazing landscapes and see the floating villages and beaches of Ha Long Bay. Stop at one of the floating fishing villages and take some time to relax on the sundeck. The boat continues to a quiet overnight area as you enjoy dinner and an evening on board at your leisure. Overnight on board in Ha Long Bay.

*Ha Long Bay Cruise: The cruise operator will choose ONE itinerary to either Ha Long Bay or Lan Ha Bay. Itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions or local administration regulations.

Please note: Transfers Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hanoi will be without an English speaking guide.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Hera Cruise or similar
tripadvisor rating

261 Reviews

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Activities

included
Ha Long Bay Cruise

Light

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6th Day: Ha Long Bay/Lan Ha Bay - Hanoi - Buon Ma Thuot

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Enjoy brunch on board as the boat sails past the captivating scenery of the bay. Return to the wharf and disembark mid-morning before transferring to Hanoi, a journey of approximately 3 hours. From here, continue to Noi Bai airport. Take an evening flight to Buon Ma Thuot. Set in the heart of Vietnam’s picturesque Central Highlands, Buon Ma Thuot is the coffee capital of Vietnam and is home to majestic waterfalls and dense forests and is known for the authentic cultural traditions of its ethnic groups. Meet your local guide at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Buon Ma Thuot.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Muong Thanh - Deluxe room... or similar
tripadvisor rating

117 Reviews

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7th Day: Buon Ma Thuot

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Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, drive out to Lak Lake, one of the largest natural freshwater lakes in Vietnam. Located at an altitude of 500 metres above sea level, the lake is home to the M’nong minority community who live in distinctive traditional longhouses. On the way, visit a coffee farm and Ede Village to understand the local way of life and their unique customs. At Lak Lake meet the M'Nong community at Jun Village and enjoy a traditional lunch to sample the local delicacies. In the afternoon, explore the waterfalls of Draynur and Dray Sap, the largest and most spectacular in Vietnam's Central Highlands. Overnight stay in Buon Ma Thuot.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Muong Thanh - Deluxe room... or similar
tripadvisor rating

117 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Lak Lake Experience

Moderate

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8th Day: Buon Ma Thuot - Nha Trang

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Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Buon Ma Thuot this morning to discover a rubber tree plantation on your way to Nha Trang, an idyllic beach resort area on Vietnam's southern coast. Arrive in the early afternoon and enjoy the stunning white sandy beaches, the abundance of marine life and the thriving coral reefs. Visit Po Nagar Tower, a medieval Cham temple, still actively used for worship by Cham, Chinese and Vietnamese Buddhists, before transferring to the hotel and enjoying the rest of the day at your leisure. Relish the beautiful views of the South China Sea or experience the local nightlife. Overnight stay in Nha Trang.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Starlet Hotel or similar
tripadvisor rating

331 Reviews

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Activities

included
Rubber Tree Plantation Visit

Light

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9th Day: Nha Trang

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Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a leisurely free day in beautiful Nha Trang, sunbathing, swimming in the sea or simply relaxing at your own pace. We recommend an optional day cruise to discover the diverse off-shore islands.* Overnight stay in Nha Trang.

*Optional Nha Trang Bay Cruise with lunch: Board a deluxe wooden boat and start cruising through the spectacular landscape of Nha Trang Bay, passing the Tam and Mot Islands. Stop at a mini beach on Mieu Island where you can either go swimming, kayaking, snorkelling or simply relax. After lunch, we visit a local fish farm and experience a unique basket boat ride around the fishing village.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Starlet Hotel or similar
tripadvisor rating

331 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

Optional
Nha Trang Bay Cruise with Lunch
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10th Day: Nha Trang - Mui Ne

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Breakfast at the hotel. Hit the road this morning, headed for Mui Ne, a journey of approximately 4 hours along one of the country's most scenic coastal roads. Along the way, pass stunning lagoons, salt fields, majestic sand dunes and vast wind power farms. On arrival in Mui Ne, visit the incredible White Sand Dune, nicknamed, 'Little Sahara Desert' and explore a local fishing village. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure, watching the local kitesurfers and sailing boats or taking in the impressive sunset views. Overnight stay in Mui Ne.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Novela Muine Resort & Spa... or similar
tripadvisor rating

154 Reviews

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11th Day: Mui Ne

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Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, enjoying quiet strolls along the serene beachfront, sampling the local cuisine, or exploring the vast sand dunes that border the coastline. Overnight stay in Mui Ne.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Novela Muine Resort & Spa... or similar
tripadvisor rating

154 Reviews

See our full selection

12th Day: Mui Ne, Vietnam

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Breakfast at the hotel. Relish another day at your leisure in beautiful Mui Ne. Why not visit one of the local temples, such as Hoi Tinh or Phuoc Thien Pagoda or go shopping in bustling Mui Ne Market. Overnight stay in Mui Ne.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Novela Muine Resort & Spa... or similar
tripadvisor rating

154 Reviews

See our full selection

13th Day: Mui Ne - Ho Chi Minh City

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Breakfast at the hotel. Bid farewell to the paradise shores of Mui Ne today as you set off for Ho Chi Minh City, once known as the 'Pearl of Indochina'. Spend the afternoon exploring the fusion of Vietnamese, Chinese and French cultures, on a half-day tour. Visit the moving War Remnants Museum, which presents a fascinating view of the Vietnam-America War, and the Reunification Palace. Appreciate the eclectic architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral and the impressive Central Post Office, designed by the architect Gustav Eiffel. Conclude the tour at the bustling Ben Thanh Market, where you can experience the bustling atmosphere of local life in Ho Chi Minh. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Acnos Grand Hotel or similar
tripadvisor rating

185 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Ho Chi Minh City Tour

Moderate

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14th Day: Ho Chi Minh City

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Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the morning at your leisure, getting to know Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon and a city of immense historical significance. We recommend an optional full-day excursion to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta.*

*Optional Full-day Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta Excursion: Spend the morning exploring the impressive tunnel complex of Cu Chi, dug in 1948 for guerrillas to escape the bombardment of French forces. Explore the underground villages and understand the history of these incredible tunnels. Afterwards, set off for the Mekong Delta, stopping to enjoy tasty local delicacies for lunch. Arrive at the waterfront pier and hop on a motorboat to take in the Delta scenery, including houses built on stilts and local fish farms along the way. Disembark the boat and explore a tranquil islet on foot. Take a leisurely walk along shady and palm-fringed trails observing rural life along the way. You will also have the chance to visit a family-run coconut business where they make coconut candy directly in front of the pier. 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Acnos Grand Hotel or similar
tripadvisor rating

185 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

Optional
Full-Day Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta Excursion
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15th Day: Ho Chi Minh City - Night on board

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Breakfast at the hotel.* Enjoy your final moments in Vietnam, doing some last-minute souvenir shopping or revisiting your favourite Vietnamese dishes before it's time to head home. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to UK/Ireland.** Night on board.

*Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

**If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

Included activities

Included

Half-Day Guided City Tour of Hanoi

Included activity for day 3 in Hanoi

Visit the Ethnology Museum for an insight into Vietnamese culture and enjoy a bowl of traditional Pho soup for lunch. Next, discover the Old Quarter on an exciting walking tour and visit the Heritage House to learn more about the city and its people.

Duration 07:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Depending on weather conditions and local administrative regulations, this cruise might be rerouted to Bai Tu Long Bay or Lan Ha Bay which offer similar views and activities.

Ha Long Bay Cruise

Included activity for day 5 in Halong Bay

Board a traditional junk and begin an overnight cruise on magical Ha Long Bay! Discover the islets, caves and fishing villages of this legendary bay and relax onboard with included welcome drink, lunch, dinner and brunch the following morning.

Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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Included

Lak Lake Experience

Included activity for day 7

Discover the cultures of Lak Lake, home to the M’nong minority community. Visit a coffee farm and Ede Village and meet the M'Nong community at Jun Village. After a traditional lunch explore the waterfalls of Draynur and Dray Sap.

Duration 07:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Included

Rubber Tree Plantation Visit

Included activity for day 8

On the way to Nha Trang, stop at a traditional Rubber Tree Plantation to find out more about the production of rubber and the processes used to create one of the most useful materials in the world.

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
Optional

Local Home Visit with Dinner in Hanoi

Suggested activity for day 3 in Hanoi

Get to know a local family personally as you spend an evening enjoying warm Vietnamese hospitality. Understand more about Vietnamese culture and traditions as you feast on tasty traditional homemade food.

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 18:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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Optional
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This is a full-day activity that can not be combined with other tours on the same day

Full-Day Ninh Binh Excursion

Suggested activity for day 4

Discover the beauty of this hidden gem, where you will embark via rowboat through stunning scenery including villages, caves, temples and other incredible panoramas before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant.

Duration 08:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Optional

Nha Trang Bay Cruise with Lunch

Suggested activity for day 9

Board a deluxe wooden boat and start cruising through the spectacular landscape of Nha Trang Bay. Stop at a mini beach on Mieu Island for some free time before visiting a local fish farm and taking a traditional basket boat ride! Lunch included.

Physical rating:

Light

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The price includes

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  • Departures from main UK/Ireland departure airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City - UK/Ireland.
  • Internal flights: Hanoi - Buon Ma Thuot. *
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  • 13 nights: 12 nights accommodation in Charm category hotels and 1 night on Ha Long Bay cruise.
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  • 12 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 3 lunches and 1 dinner.
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicle. **
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  • Visits with an English-speaking tour guide and entrance fees according to the itinerary.
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  • All flight taxes and fuel surcharges.
  • Ha Long Bay Cruise.***
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  • Welcome drink on the Ha Long Bay Cruise.
  • ATOL Protection.

*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Vietnam E-visa (online before traveling needed for Irish passport holders), drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

Obtain your VISA for Vietnam:

Irish Passport holders require require en entry visa for Vietnam that must be arranged in advance through the following website. UK passport holders are exempt of this requirement. 

https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/trang-chu-ttdt

You MUST select ‘Noi Bai International Airport - Hanoi’ as the point of entry in order to be allowed to enter Vietnam.

Tipping in Vietnam is up to your personal discretion but it is commonplace for service providers to ask for it. In these cases, please keep in mind that the usual tipping standard is around 4$/person/day for guides, and half of that for drivers and hotel staff.

* Documentation of the internal flights will be delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

Vietnam internal flights luggage restrictions:

  • Vietnam Airline baggage policy: 1 checked bag of 23kg and 1 hand baggage of 12kg per person.
  • Cambodian Angkor Air policy: 1 checked bag of 23kg and 1 hand baggage of 7kg per person.
  • Bamboo Aiways: 1 checked bag of 20kg and 01 hand baggage of 7kg per person.

** Transfers without English speaking guide.

*** Halong Bay Cruise: Each cruise is only allowed to choose ONE itinerary to either Halong Bay or Lan Ha Bay. Itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions or local administration regulations.

Please note that the optional tours are not exclusive to Exoticca travelers and groups will be mixed with travelers from other tour operators.

  • Entry requirements

    Passport with a minimum of six months validity.

  • Visa

    No visa is required to enter the country for stays of up to 15 days.

  • Currency

    Vietnamese Dong.

  • Language

    Vietnamese.

  • Electricity

    220 V in the majority of the country. Adapter required.

  • Health

    Please consult your doctor regarding malaria prophylaxis.

  • Time zone

    GMT + 07:00.

  • Other useful information

    There is free wi-fi in the most popular tourist spots of the country.

  • Tourist Office website

    http://www.vietnamtourism.com

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

Triple room: the third bed will be a rollaway bed.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +44 20 8068 3176 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.


Room allocation: We will do our best to accommodate your family in the same room. If availability doesn't permit this, we guarantee your family will be accommodated as close together as possible. Children will always be accomodated in a room with at least 1 adult.

Car seats: Not available in all destinations. Feel free to take your own if you need one.

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