This tour is the best way to see the most important sites in Hanoi! After pickup from local hotels, we will visit the Tran Quoc Pagoda. Afterwards, we will visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and the House on Stilts, where he lived. Then, we will continue to the impressive One Pillar Pagoda (on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays). Before we eat lunch in the Old Quarter, we will stop at the fascinating Ethnology Museum. After lunch, we will visit the Temple of Literature before continuing to Hoan Kiem Lake, where we will see the Ngoc Son Temple. Afterwards, guests will return to their hotels, bringing an end to the tour.
Start time: Approx. 8:00am
Hanoi is Vietnam's capital and second largest city by population. The city mostly lies on the right bank of the Red River. Hanoi is about 1,720 km (1,070 mi) north of Ho Chi Minh City and 105 km (65 mi) west of Haiphong.
Tran Quoc Pagoda
This pagoda is the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi, built in the 6th century CE. The site is full of amazing Buddhist symbolism that visitocrs can learn more about.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
This memorial tomb in Hanoi is dedicated to Ho Chi Minh, leader of Vietnam's Communist party until his death in 1969. It sits in the middle of Ba Dinh Square, an important site in the man's life.
House On Stilts
This humble, elevated home was where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1958 until his death in 1969. Since then, the house has been preserved exactly as Ho left it.
One Pillar Pagoda
This pagoda is considered one of the most iconic in Vietnam. built in 1054, the pagoda gets its name because of the fact that it stands on a single pillar in the middle of a small body of water.
The Old Quarter of Hanoi is full of French Colonial architecture and narrow streets that give it a very European feel. Many of the city's best attractions and eateries can be found here.
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Considered one of the finest modern attractions in Vietnam, this museum is dedicated to detailing the rich history of the 54 recognized ethnic groups that have inhabited the country over the years.
Temple of Literature
This Confucian temple in Hanoi was built in 1070 CE. It also houses the Imperial Academy, Vietnam's first national university, so the site has always attracted scholars into its gates.
Hoan Kiem Lake
This scenic lake is part of the historical center of Hanoi, playing a significant part in the daily cultural life of its people. There is a local legend of the Golden Turtle God appearing to an emperor above the lake.
Ngoc Son Temple
Known as the "Temple of the Jade Mountain," this temple was built in dedicated to Confucian and Taoist philosophers. It is located on the shores of Hoan Kiem Lake at the center of historic Hanoi.
Ending time: Approx. 4:00pm
Lunch: Included (at a local restaurant in the Old Quarter)