Upon clearing Customs and Immigration, you are met by our guide. Your guide will present you with a welcome packet including all necessary documentation and vouchers and all contact information of your guide and local offices.
Although it is the modern-day capital of Vietnam, Hanoi still retains the mystery and charm of past centuries, with its narrow lanes and traditional shophouses.
Begin with an exploration of the vast Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum which contains the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh (closed Mondays, Fridays and during September and October); and Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1958 until his final days in 1969. Preserved in the same condition as, during his life, it may be viewed through the windows.
Continue to the miniature 11th century One Pillar Pagoda which was rebuilt after being destroyed by the French in 1954, and then to the Temple of Literature with its walled courtyards and graceful gateways. Founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucious, this was also the site of Vietnam’s first university. Afterward, head to the Museum of Ethnology (closed Mondays and during Vietnam New Year). This museum showcases art, traditional clothing, and reconstructions of traditional longhouses from 54 different ethnic groups.
In the afternoon, visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple which contains an islet with the tiny Tortoise Pagoda. Along the way pass by other colonial landmarks such as the magnificent Opera House (may be seen from the outside only) and St Joseph’s Cathedral.
All day at leisure.
Transfer to the airport to take the return flight.