Hanoi, capital of Vietnam, is one of Asia’s most fascinating cities, offering a unique blend of oriental lifestyle and western charm. This is a city of exotic, brightly painted temples and pagodas, elegant ochre-washed colonial villas, bustling narrow streets and alleys, tree-lined boulevards, elegant parks, shaded lakes and the fascinating Old Quarter.
Depart at 08:00 for visiting of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Experience the architectural solemnity and history of Uncle Ho's final resting-place. A short walk to Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House, the wooden ethnic minority style house is surrounded by a quiet and peaceful garden and served as his home from 1954 until 1969.
Lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda which was originally built in 1049 by Emperor Ly Thai To honored to Quan Am (the Goddess of Mercy). This structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Continue the tour to visit B-52 Lake (Huu Tiep Lake) where the wreckage of a bomber downed in 1972 remains in the water and Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university constructed in 1070, its garden and well-preserved architecture offers a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s old-time.
Enjoy your lunch at Pho 24 restaurant with steaming noodle soup. Following lunch, select one of many famous museums to visit such as Hoa Lo Prison (Known as Hanoi Hilton by the US pilots in the wartime), the Army Museum, the National Fine Arts Museum, the History Museum or the Ethnology Museum. On the way back to the centre of town, visit Tran Quoc Pagoda on West Lake (one of the oldest in Vietnam) and the site where American politician John McCain crash landed in 1967.
Take a cyclo ride around Hanoi’s old street then stretch your legs walking through the narrow alleys of Hanoi’s ancient Old Quarter, glimpse Hanoi’s daily rhythms. Alternatively do some last minute shopping. Finish your day with Vietnam's famous and charming Water Puppet Performance.
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