Hanoi is one of the most interesting cities in Southeast Asia. The City is slow-paced yet quick to charm, with a lovely landscape of lakes, shaded boulevards, verdant public parks and French-colonial architecture. Hanoi personifies the spirit of historic Vietnam in the temples, monuments and pockets of ancient culture along the narrow streets of the Old Quarter, yet perfectly reflects the rapid changes sweeping the country as Hanoi Yuppies sip cappuccinos in roadside cafes and compare cell phones.
Tour Duration: Day trip
Tour Highlights: Ho Chi Minh mausoleum & complex – Temple of literature – One museum of your choice – Cyclo tour in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Water puppet show
Starts/Ends: Hanoi/ Hanoi
Group size: Private only – 1 person minimum and above
Commence date: Advice upon booking
In the morning
8h00: Start the tour by visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum. Enjoy the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-palace. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts where he used to live in the past. Lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda; built by King Ly Thai To in 1049 the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Continue to visit the Quan Thanh Temple (Taoist, dating from the Ly Dynasty) and Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda on West lake (One of the oldest in Vietnam). Lunch included.
In the afternoon
Option 1 (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday)
PM: After lunch proceed to Bat Trang pottery, continue to visit the Literature Temple and Quoc Tu Giam – Vietnam’s first university constructed in 1070, Its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. After that we will take you to Hoan Kiem Lake, see the peaceful water, and visit Ngoc Son temple, cyclo around Old Quarters. End the trip with a show of water puppet.
Please not wearing skirts or shorts when visiting these places.
Option 2 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
English speaking guide
Lunch at Cha Ca restaurant
A bottle of water/person
Maximum 2 museums