The capital has many cultural and historic sites and this half day tour includes the highlights. Wander the Old Quarter and through a bustling market, visit the beautiful Temple of Literature and the grand, solemn mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh (viewed from outside).
8.30am depart your hotel for Hanoi’s Old Quarter also known as the ‘36 streets’. Take a walking tour through Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake. Stop at Ngoc Son temple. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. Continue to the Temple of Literature.
Finish by a visit to the nearby mausoleum of the historic figure and father of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh (viewed from outside), and visit the former president’s house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969. Visit the small but iconic One Pillar pagoda before heading back to your hotel.
Time permitting, or as an alternative to one of the above, visit the highly acclaimed Vietnam Women’s Museum
This tour can be taken in the afternoon if desired.
Take part in a hands-on cooking class in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Visit a neighborhood ‘wet’ market to learn about Vietnamese ingredients , After visiting a local market to buy the day’s ingredients, learn how to prepare and cook true northern Vietnamese cuisine before sitting down to enjoy a delectable meal.
Depart your hotel at 0830 for the heart of the Old Quarter. Enjoy a welcome at the restaurant, then head to the local market to buy ingredients. Once in the market, enjoy the daily activities and see the variety of goods on offer. Learn and buy some main ingredients and herbs used in the cooking class. Once food shopping is done, head back to the restaurant to start the hands-on cooking lesson and preparation of lunch. Once all is ready, lunch is served! (L)
Duration: 3 hours
Note: This tour can be in the afternoon or early evening and enjoy the dinner instead.
See the beautiful Temple of Literature, the iconic One Pillar Pagoda, the grand and solemn mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh (viewed from outside), West Lake’s Tran Quoc temple and the fascinating Ethnology Museum. Wander the narrow streets in the bustling Old Quarter and enjoy a water puppet performance at the end of the day.
Depart the hotel at 8.30 for the Temple of Literature. Proceed then to The One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure is one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples. Close by is the mausoleum of the historic figure and father of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh (viewed from outside; closed Mon and Fri and from Oct-Nov; and the former presidents house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969. Visit his former home, which illustrates the modesty of this Vietnamese revolutionary.
Continue to picturesque WestLake and the sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda.
Lunch will be had in one of the city’s finest restaurants.
In the afternoon visit the fascinating Ethnology Museum (closed on Mondays), As an alternative to the Ethnology Museum, visit the highly acclaimed Vietnam Women’s Museum (closed on Mondays).
At the end of the afternoon visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter also known as the ‘36 streets’. Take a walking tour through charming Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It’s a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities all around.
Finish the day with a Water Puppet show. (L)
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