Overview: Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam since the 11th century, dazzles visitors with its unique blend of oriental lifestyle, French colonial architecture, tree-lined boulevards and peaceful lakes. It still retains a charming air from its colonial days. Visitors are often impressed with the quietness and subtle beauty of Hanoi. Hanoi is an ancient city which has been established and developed for over 1,000 years since 1010. There are many relics of the past, with well-known landmarks such as the Temple of Literature (Quoc Tu Giam), One Pillar Pagoda, Sword Lake, West Lake, History Museum, Flag Tower, Hanoi Old Quarter, and many more
8h00 AM: Vietnam Guiding ’s bus and tour guide will pick you up at your hotel. We will go to West Lake first to visit Tran Quoc Pagoda which is one of the oldest Buddhist pagodas in Hanoi and built in the 6th century. Then we visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum. Enjoy the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-place. Just next door is The Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the unique One Pillar Pagoda. Built in 1049, the structure has become an important symbol of Hanoi. Then we continue on to visit the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university constructed in 1070, its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a revealing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Then we go to a restaurant for lunch.
After lunch we visit the Vietnam Ethnology Museum, the biggest museum covering about 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam. Tour ends at around 4 pm at your hotel.