The Vietnamese capital – Hanoi is full of cultural and historic wonders. See the beautiful Temple of Literature, worship at Tran Quoc temple, admire the Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, get into the local life by a walk tour through the bustling Old Quarter and catch a brilliant performance of traditional water puppetry at the end of the day.
Set off early in the morning for a day guided tour of Hanoi. Begin with a visit to West Lake to admire the sixth-century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda.
Next come to visit the historic Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite, and where the preserved body of “Uncle Ho” resides. (Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed every Monday & Friday, all afternoons and from late September until December). Behind the Mausoleum, you can see Ho Chi Minh’s House. The simple house where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked from 1954 until 1969 is made of wood and enjoyed a tranquil setting, with a view of a lotus pond. Ho Chi Minh’s belongings are on display and you can walk up the steps of his house to see his bedroom.
The lotus shaped One Pillar Pagoda – resting on a single stone pillar emerging from the water, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi.
Continue to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university. Constructed in 1070, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past.
Enjoy included lunch at nice local restaurant serving Vietnamese specialties.
Follow by a visit to The Vietnamese Women’s Museum is one of the most popular museums in Hanoi and well worth a visit for anyone interested in women’s studies or simply the culture of Vietnam. This gender museum gives a broad insight into Vietnam’s population, including its 54 ethnic groups, addressed through the lens of women’s issues.
Walking to explore the Old Quarter. From there, walking to explore the OLD QUARTER. This fascinating network of narrow alleys and shop houses is also known as The 36 Streets, each street being named after the merchandise traditionally old there, ranging from fabrics to crafts to medicines to tombstones. It’s a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities all around you.
Finish the day with a Water Puppet performance. The art of water puppetry began approximately a thousand years ago, possibly in the flooded rice fields of Vietnam. Puppeteers stand in waist-high water and manipulate their charges in such a way that you can’t help but be swept up in the legend being told. Each short skit in the performance relates to the daily life of the people.
Included meals: Lunch
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