Museum of Ethnology, Vietnam

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Hanoi: Full-Day City Tour with Lunch and Optional Extras

1. Hanoi: Full-Day City Tour with Lunch and Optional Extras

Start the day in the early morning from the convenient meeting point or with a pickup from your hotel in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Meet your guide and driver and depart for Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda at West Lake, one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam. Next up, visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, consisting of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House, and Ba Dinh Square. See the final resting place of Uncle Ho and the One Pillar Pagoda, an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Discover the Ethnology Museum which offers an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups of Vietnam in an effort to preserve cultural heritage and promote sociology-cultural diversity within the country. The museum is packed full of information detailing traditional Vietnamese ways of life, from religious events to the symbolic rituals of all Vietnamese ethnic groups. Afterward, return to the Old Town and savor a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Head then to Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam, the Temple of Literature, and Vietnam’s first university, constructed in 1070 with its gardens and well-preserved architecture offering a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Next stop is at Hoa Lo Prison, which was built by the French, from 1886 to 1901, when Vietnam was still part of French Indochina. Learn more about the wars against colonial France. If you would prefer to further explore the city, there is an optional cyclo tour taking in around 36 streets during a 45-minute ride on a traditional Vietnamese rickshaw known locally as a xích lô This was the most popular means of transportation in Vietnam during the French colonial period and was used as luxury transportation for the French and a small number of Vietnamese people at that time.

Hanoi: Full-Day City Tour and Water Puppet Show

2. Hanoi: Full-Day City Tour and Water Puppet Show

Get picked up by your friendly guide and start to explore Hanoi City. Arrive at Tran Quoc Pagoda located on Golden Fish IsLand in West Lake. It is the oldest pagoda in Ha Noi, built in the 6th century. Visit the Ho Chi Minh complex, where you'll have a chance to see the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh then walk around the garden to see 2 houses where he lived and worked from 1954 to 1969. Then visit One Pillar Pagoda where people come to worship the Goddess of Mercy – it is the most unique padoga in the world. Visit Vietnam Ethnology Museum to learn about the culture of 54 ethnic groups living in the whole country of Vietnam. Have lunch at a restaurant. Enjoy Vietnamese cuisine with 8 delicious dishes. Continue to visit the Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam, established in the 11th century. Head to Hoa Lo Prison Museum which was originally used by the French colonists in Indochina for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam for U.S. prisoners of war during the Vietnam War. Get dropped off at the Water Puppet Theater and enjoy the show for about an hour.

Hanoi: City Highlights Tour with Transfer and Lunch

3. Hanoi: City Highlights Tour with Transfer and Lunch

8h00 – 8h30: We pick you up at your hotel. We start to visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, including Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum - the final resting place of Vietnamese great father or Uncle Ho, President Ho Chi Minh's stilt house - where Uncle Ho lived and worked from 1958 to 1969, then visit Ho Chi Minh Museum where tourists will learn about his devotion for Viet Nam. 10h30 : We continue our trip to Tran Quoc pagoda, Budhist relics and national heritage, lying on one side of West Lake. 11h00 : Then we’ll proceed to visit one of these : Option 1 : Bat Trang Ceramics & Pottery Village ( On Mondays – Fridays ) Option 2 : Vietnam Museum of Ethnology ( On Tuesdays – Wednesday - Thursdays – Saturdays – Sundays ) 12h30 : Have lunch at a local restaurant. 13h30 – 13h45 : Continue to visit Temple of Literature – The first university in Vietnam. 15h30 : Leaving for Hoan Kiem Lake to visit Ngoc Son Temple where worships General Tran Hung Dao – The most talented general of Vietnam in the ancient time. 16h30 : The Trip end ! Back to Hotel

Hanoi Must-See City Full Day: Museum of Ethnology & Lunch

4. Hanoi Must-See City Full Day: Museum of Ethnology & Lunch

Your tour guide and driver will pick you up so please provide details of your hotel to confirm the pick-up service. Visit the Ho Chi Minh complex and have a chance to see the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh then walk around Ho Chi Minh garden to see the 2 houses where he lived and worked from 1954 to 1969. Visit the One Pillar Pagoda where people worship the Godess of Mercy. It is the most unique padoga in the world. Also visit either Bat Trang ceramics and pottery village or the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology depending on the day. Have lunch at a restaurant. Have an opportunity to enjoy Vietnamese cuisine including many delicious dishes. Continue to visit the Temple of Literature – the first university in Vietnam in the feudal system. See the Tran Quoc Pagoda – first built in Ha Noi in the 6th Century. You will see the oldest Bodhi Tree in Vietnam planted by Ho Chi Minh. Leave for Hoan Kiem Lake to visit Ngoc Son Temple where people worship General Tran Hung Dao who defeated the Mongolian invader in the 13th Century. After visiting the One Pillar pagoda, get to visit the Lacquer Paintings workshop – the biggest center in Ha Noi Then depending on the day, visit one of these : - Option 1 : Bat Trang ceramics and pottery village (On Mondays – Wednesdays – Fridays ) - Option 2 : Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (On Tuesdays – Thursdays – Saturdays and Sundays)

Private Jeep Tour: Ethnology Museum & Kumquat Village

5. Private Jeep Tour: Ethnology Museum & Kumquat Village

The jeep will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the Museum of Ethnology. The Ethnology Museum gives an excellent overview of the country's ethnic groups, their customs and ways of life. The highlight here is the large, beautiful outdoor area featuring genuine houses and compounds as built and used by the many different ethnic groups. Following the museum, you will be driven to the West Lake – the largest lake in Hanoi with many religious monuments built along its bank. The relaxing drive will bring you closer to the daily life of the locals. From the lake, you will head to Tu Lien – where the local people are well-known for their traditional profession of cultivating kumquat and cherry blossom for lunar new year. For lunch, you will eat at a famous local restaurant that not only offers you good food but also a great view of the West Lake. After lunch, you will be dropped off at your chosen place.

Historical Hanoi Private Scooter Tour with Lunch

6. Historical Hanoi Private Scooter Tour with Lunch

Explore the interesting history of the beautiful capital of Hanoi on the back of a motorbike. See the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Old Quarter, French historical museum, Vietnamese Women’s Museum, Temple of Literature, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and The West Lake. After pick-up by your driver-guide from your hotel, the first destination is a local coffee shop where you will enjoy unique egg coffee, a specialty of Hanoi, while you discuss the tour program. Start the tour by visiting a local market in Hanoi. Exploring the market is an exciting way to understand the culture. Continue the tour by visiting the Temple Of Literature to learn about how education in Vietnam worked from the past until now. The next attraction is the Vietnamese Women’s Museum, a wonderful place to learn about the history of women in Vietnam.  After that, it is already noon so take a break at one of the best vegan restaurants in Hanoi and learn all about Vietnamese vegan cuisine. After the wonderful meal, your last visit is to Long Bien bridge which is a historic cantilever bridge across the Red River that connects two districts, Hoan Kiem and Long Bien.

Hanoi: Full-Day City Tour w/ Cyclo Ride & Water Puppet Show

7. Hanoi: Full-Day City Tour w/ Cyclo Ride & Water Puppet Show

You will be picked up at your hotel and then set out to visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum 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 lying 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. Afterwards, you will continue on to the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda at West Lake (one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam). Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, proceed to visit the Ethnology Museum (applies on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays), the Literature Temple, and Quoc Tu Giam. See Vietnam’s first university, constructed in 1070 - its gardens and well-preserved architecture will offer you a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Go past Hoan Kiem Lake to see the peaceful water and the beauty of Ngoc Son temple. At the end of the tour, you will watch a Water Puppet show - a traditional performance that dates back as far as the 11th Century in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam.

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What people are saying about Museum of Ethnology, Vietnam

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 66 reviews

Everything you need to know about Hanoi's main landmarks. Guide explained everything about the city and about the Viet culture including a lot of random unrelated wuestion that came from my tour colleagues. The next day even though we wanted to visit any other landmarks by ourselves ..we realised that the tour covered everything important so there were no other objectives left for us to visit which we haven't already seen. The puppet show was a nice finish to the tour and I have considered it some sort of conclusion for all you witnessed and learned during the tour.

Wonderful tour with an amazing guide. Lee was so friendly, knowledgeable and a real pleasure to have him as our guide. Great detailed information at each stop, while also allowing some time for ourselves, to take all the photos we wanted. Water puppet show was also very nice. Thank you very much to Lee for a wonderful day! Fully recommend this tour.

I really enjoyed this tour! Chuong was really knowledgable which made him a really good guide and I got to see some amazing sights. I’d recommend this to anyone who wants to get a quick stop tour of all the great things in Hanoi.

I thoroughly enjoyed my day! Our guide was excellent as he explained some of the history of Hanoi: I gained a better understanding of the area, conflicts and how Hanoi fits into Vietnam history.

Very well arranged itinerary. Learned so much about the history and culture of Vietnam. Spent just enough time at each segment of the itinerary.