On this fullday excursion you will get to explore and learn about everything Vietnamese, from the oldest pagoda, and the first university of Vietnam, to present day religious practises and ethnic minorities. You’ll hear the folklore tales about the turtle of sword lake at the Ngoc Son Temple, as well visiting the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh - the leader of the Viet Cong Army, that defeated the americans in the 20 year war, and later became both prime minister and president. With no stones left unturned, this tour is everything you wanted to know about Vietnam, to better understand this exciting country.
In the morning, tour guide and shuttle bus will pick you up at the hotel in Hanoi old quarter and Hanoi Opera House then depart for theHanoi city full day tour. Our first stop is named Tran Quoc pagoda on the West Lake, the oldest pagoda in Vietnam.
Then we will visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum to explore the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-place. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts, and off to one side of the Mausoleum is the One-Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To, in 1049 - the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi.
After that, we visit the colorful traditions of the 54 ethnic groups of Viet Nam, in the Ethnology Museum. Then a bus takes you to a local restaurant in the Hanoi Old Quarter, for you to have a rest and enjoy some lunch.
In the afternoon, we visit the Temple of Literature, the most famous temple situated in Hanoi, also functioned as Vietnam's first university. It was first constructed in 1070, under King Ly Nhan Tong and dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars. A vast structure that has existed to present day.
We drive to the legendary Hoan Kiem Lake to visit Ngoc Son Temple, dedicated to Van Xuong Saint and former general commander Tran Hung Dao, for his struggle against Mongolians. You will also see the beautiful Vietnamese and French architecture around the lake.
16:00 - 16:30: Arrive at the hotel in Hanoi old quarter and Hanoi Opera House.