- Enjoy a full day sightseeing around Hanoi city, the capital of Vietnam, to discover culture, beauty, history, local life and especially local food. Note: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum is closed on Monday and Friday so there will be other alternative options
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Mekong Cruises Tours
Enjoy a full day sightseeing around Hanoi city, the capital of Vietnam, to discover culture, beauty, history, local life and especially local food.
Note: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum is closed on Monday and Friday so there will be other alternative options
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Lunch included
- Vegetarian meal option available
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What You Can Expect
8:30am, ready to start the tour. Firstly
visit Ho Chi Minh Complex; Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, his house on stilts,
the botanical garden and the Presidential Palace while learning about
his life and revolutionary activities. This used to be the residence of
the Governor of Indochina. After 1954 it was named the Presidential
Palace and became the place where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked until he
passed away in 1969.
On the way out visit the One Pillar Pagoda. The pagoda was constructed in 1049 by King Ly Thai Tong according to his dream of Bodhisattva sitting on a lotus flower and leading him to the pagoda. In 1954, the pagoda was destroyed by the French before their withdrawal. After taking over the city on October 10th 1954, Vietnam Ministry of Culture restored the pagoda. The pagoda of today remains since this restoration.
Around 11:00am arrive at the Temple of Literature. This is the
combination of the Confucius Temple which was built in 1070 and the
first Royal National university in Vietnam built 6 years later in 1076.
Considered as 'an escape' from the bustling city, this temple and its
beautiful garden provides an opportunity to learn more about education
in Vietnam since 1000 years ago until recent times.
12:00am, enjoy a delicious lunch in local restaurant with traditional
local Vietnamese Cuisines.
13.00am, continue to visit more interesting museums. There are some
options that you can chose from such as the Ethnology Museum, the Museum
of Vietnamese History the Hoa Lo Prison Museum, the Military Museum,
the Women's Museum and the Art Museum.
Located west of the city centre, all of the museums offer informative
and well-documented displays of country's heritage.
15:30pm, visit Hoan Kiem Lake (Restored Sword lake) and Ngoc Son Temple.
Situated in the heart of Hanoi, the lake got its name according to a
national legend. In the 15th century during the Ming Chinese invasion,
general Le Loi was presented with a holy sword. With the help of this
sword he expelled the Chinese from Thang Long, Hanoi and proclaimed
himself king Le Thai To. One day, when the king was sailing on the lake,
suddenly a golden turtle emerged from the water and claimed back the
sword which had been believed to have been given to him by God. Since
then, the lake has been known as Ho Hoan Kiem or the lake of the
On as island in the northern part of the lake stands Ngoc Son or Jade
Mountain temple, one of the most beautiful and important religious sites
in the capital. The temple was established by a mandarin named Nguyen
Van Sieu and is dedicated to the spirits of the soil, medicine,
literature, and also to Tran Hung Dao, the general who defeated the
Mongols in the 13th century.
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- Passionate local experts.
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