8.30 AM, driving to visit Ho Chi Minh complex, including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum – the final resting place of the Vietnamese great father or uncle Ho, President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt House – where he lived on and off from 1958 to 1969, the next place to move to is One Pillar Pagoda – a group of structures consisting of a pagoda and a tower built in the middle of a square lake. Leave One Pillar Pagoda and transfer to West Lake, visit Tran Quoc pagoda. Having lunch.
After lunch, you will be transferred to visit the Temple of literature. Situated at the south of Thang Long citadel, is on top of the historical and beautiful sightseeing's of the beautiful capital of Vietnam.
Continue to visit Museum of Ethnology – the most interesting museum in Hanoi with many different things relating the 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups
After that, you will visit Hoan Kiem Lake (Restore Sword Lake). It’s the local point of the city and the source of many legends. One legend has it that in the 15th century Emperor Le Thai To vanquished the invading Chinese with the help of a magical sword. Whilst rowing on the lake an enormous turtle seized the sword from his grasp. The Emperor took this to mean that peace had returned and the sword had been given back to its guardian spirit. In honor of the event he renamed the lake ‘Ho Hoan Kiem’ – Lake of the Restored Sword.
Then taking a walk for few minutes to visit the old quarter of Hanoi which also known as the 36 old streets, is a bustling area of narrow streets home to literally thousands of small businesses, shopkeepers and street vendors, selling everything from bananas to books. Originally each of the 36 streets names’ was related to the products being sold there
Finally , enjoy watching water puppet show at the water puppet theater. You will witness a series of “ancient” short stories and legends presented through the use of traditional music, song, and characters. The stage is actually a large container of water where the characters (carved wooden puppets} “act” out the story. Most of the stories are whimsical and fun and the music is live, performed by a group of musicians that share a side stage adjacent to the water stage.
Coming back hotel at 6.30 PM
*Private tour: Able to organize your own schedule
- Hotel pickup and drop off by private air-conditioned vehicle
- English-speaking guide
- Entrance fees
- One-hour Cyclo ride
- Vietnamese lunch
- Gratuities (optional)