Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, offers a multitude of corners to explore, customs to learn, and unique experiences to embrace. Its vibrant present is intertwined with its rich history. Immerse yourself in the lively rhythm of Hanoi as we venture into the charming Old Quarter during this one-day tour.
Tour Route: Ba Dinh Square – Ho Chi Minh Complex – Temple of Literature – One Pillar Pagoda – Hoa Lo Prison – Old Quarter of Hanoi
Duration: 1 Day
Start/ End: Hanoi/ Hanoi
We are picked up from our hotel and start the city tour with a visit to the Soviet style Ba Dinh Square where Ho Chi Minh read out the Declaration of the Nation’s Independence in 1945. We visit the Museum dedicated to Ho Chi Minh before passing through his Mausoleum, escorted by the soldiers in full regalia. As we leave, we will able to walk through the gardens of the Presidential Palace before seeing “Uncle Ho’s’’ house, the humble dwelling he built (based on a traditional Vietnamese stilt house) and where he lived for the last ten years of his life. We will then continue to One Pillar Pagoda and the 900- year old Temple of Literature the principle Vietnamese Confucian sanctuary and its historical center of learning… Made up of five courtyards, this is one of the few remnants of the original city. Lunch will be at a fine local restaurant in Hanoi.
We visit the Hoa Lo Prison, the highest security prison of Indochina during the French colony. It was where the Vietnamese patriotic soldiers were detained by the colonialists and was later known as “Hanoi Hilton” for American pilots during American War. After wards we proceed to one of the museums in Hanoi: the Women’s Museum, Museum of Ethnology or the history Museum.
After that we will be attending a water puppet show, a typical art unique to North Vietnam with traditions dating back over a thousand years. We finish the day with riding cyclo (rickshaw) tour of the Old Quarter of Hanoi, where each street is named after the trade (or guild) that has carried on there for centuries such as Hang Bac (Silver Street) and Hang Trong (Drum street). The trade spills onto the street, mixing with the herbal scents for sale and the atmosphere is lively and sociable.