The full day city exploration begins after you meet our tour guide at your hotel’s lobby. Set off drive through French area to the Ba Dinh Square where Ho Chi Minh read the independence declaration in the morning of September 2nd 1945.
Please note: The Ho Chi Minh mausoleum is closed every Monday and Friday (outside grounds and garden area will be open on these days) and normally closed from June 15 through August 15 for preservation and maintenance of the building.
Lining up for entering inside the Soviet-style mausoleum where late president Ho Chi Minh’s corpse has been reserved for years. Then walk through the gardens of the Presidential Palace to House 54 where Ho Chi Minh lived during 1954-1958. Strolling along the little pond, you will see Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts, the humble dwelling was modeled of hill tribes traditional dwelling far north of the country where Ho Chi Minh and his government ever lived during French war. Take photos of the distinctive One Pillar Pagoda - one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples which was built since 11th century.
Continue to picturesque Ho Tay (West Lake) where houses the 6th century Tran Quoc Pagoda. Stroll along the lake about 10 minutes to Quan Thanh dedicated to Tran Vu, one of the principal deities in Taoism.
Short drive to the 900-year-old Temple of Literature, which served as the first national university of Vietnam till end of 18th century.
Lunch with Ha Noi specialty at a local restaurant.
Continue our city tour with with visit to Hoan Kiem lake which has been considered one of the most beautiful lakes in Hanoi. Stroll through the red bridge to Ngoc Son temple which is dedicated national heroes as well as Saint Van Suong, here you will learn about why the story of "Lake of the Restored Sword” as well as take photos of Turtle tower and emerald water.
Explore the fascinating Old quarter by cyclo before wrapping the tour with water puppet show, an unique folk art of Viet Nam from about 11 century.