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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 Highlights: Full-Day Small Group City Tour with Lunch

4. Hanoi Highlights: Full-Day Small Group City Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a full-day tour of Hanoi with Tour guide and get a local's insight into Vietnam’s mythology, traditions and customs. Visit cultural and historical sites, such as the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, as well as everyday locales such as the houses of the Old Quarter. Following a pick-up at your hotel by your guide and driver, go to the Ho Chi Minh Complex to discover the heart of Viernam at “Uncle Ho’s” Mausoleum. Standing before the mausoleum are 79 cycad trees, symbolizing Ho Chi Minh’s 79 springs of life, while 2 bamboo ranges whistle in the wind to commemorate the former president and Father of the Nation. See the nearby house-on-stilts and quaint One-Pillar Pagoda, built out of wood for the 11th-century Emperor Lý Thái Tông. Continue to the Enthnology Museum - a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. The mission of the Museum is scientific research, collection, documentation, conservation, exhibition and preserving the cultural and historic patrimony of the nation’s different ethnic groups Next visit would be the Galary of Lacque Paiting Collection. The best of handicraft of the north of Vietnam. Then you would have lunch at Local restarant with the deep touch of the art of Hanoi Cuisine. You will then visit the Temple of Literature, the site of Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070 and originally built as a temple to Confucius. Inside you can see the stone steles mounted on the backs of turtles, which have the names of Vietnam’s best scholars inscribed. The temple highlights the importance that Vietnamese society place on education both now and in the past. After the lunch. In the afternoon, explore the vibrant eastern sector of Hanoi, including Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, and Huc Bridge. Walking around the Old Quarter and mingle with the locals as they go about their hectic lives. End with a 30-minute Cyclo Tour around the Old Quater of Hanoi to have the best view of life of Hanoian.

Hanoi: Half-Day Guided City Tour

5. Hanoi: Half-Day Guided City Tour

With ochre-colored colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards, and scenic lakes, Hanoi is a capital city brimming with charm. Choose from a shared or private guided 4-hour tour, and visit some of the city’s most renowned heritage sites, such as Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam (the Temple of Literature), the first Imperial school in Vietnam, built in 1070 during the dynasty of King Ly. The history of Hanoi dates back for over one thousand years and boasts different cultural characteristics to other Vietnamese regions. Along the tour, you’ll also get the chance to discover why by visiting many important landmarks including Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, But Tower, Dai Nghien, and the Huc Bridge, as well as traversing the ‘36 meandering streets’ of Hanoi’s historic Old Quarter to get a taste of the city's bustling local life. Exploring Honoi this way with the help of your expert local guide will help make your visit to Vietnam a memorable one.

Private Hanoi City Tour: HoChiMinh Mausoleum & Water Puppet

6. Private Hanoi City Tour: HoChiMinh Mausoleum & Water Puppet

Enjoy a full-day tour of Hanoi with a private guide and get a local's insight into Vietnam’s mythology, traditions and customs. Visit cultural and historical sites, such as the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, as well as everyday locales such as the houses of the Old Quarter. Following a pick-up at your hotel by your guide and driver, go to the Ho Chi Minh Complex to discover the heart of Viernam at “Uncle Ho’s” Mausoleum. Standing before the mausoleum are 79 cycad trees, symbolizing Ho Chi Minh’s 79 springs of life, while 2 bamboo ranges whistle in the wind to commemorate the former president and Father of the Nation. See the nearby house-on-stilts and quaint One-Pillar Pagoda, built out of wood for the 11th-century Emperor Lý Thái Tông. Continue to the Quan Thanh Taoist Temple, one of the Four Sacred Temples of Hanoi. Journey by eco car (optional) into the Old Quarter and mingle with the locals as they go about their hectic lives. In the afternoon, explore the vibrant eastern sector of Hanoi, including the Museum of History, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, and Huc Bridge. Journey by eco car into the Old Quarter and mingle with the locals as they go about their hectic lives. End with a unique water puppet show and experience an art form conceived by Vietnamese peasants hundreds of years ago.

Private Hanoi: Crowd-free Morning Highlights of the City

7. Private Hanoi: Crowd-free Morning Highlights of the City

Dive into the sights, sounds, and smells of the bustling city on this Hanoi city tour, a great way to see some of the major Hanoi highlights. Start the city tour with a visit to the Temple of Literature. Originally built in honor of Confucius by King Ly Thai Thong in 1070, a university was added to the grounds six years later. The university provided education to the royal family and children of the aristocracy or "mandarins". The University remained here until King Gia Long moved the country’s administrative capital from Hanoi to Hue at the beginning of the 19th century. Drop into a traditional tea house to taste some of the best Vietnamese flavored green teas and listen to thousand-year-old stories explaining the significance of tea leaves to local cultures. Tea is even better when served with some authentic snacks such as sweetened lotus seeds and green bean cake.  Continuing on the Hanoi tour, head to the Hoa Lo Prison museum. Used by French Colonists for political prisoners till 1954 and later by North Vietnam for American POWs, the prison complex was sarcastically nicknamed the “Hanoi Hilton” by American pilots during Vietnam War (1954-1975). Famous ex-prisoners of war include Pete Peterson (the first US ambassador to a unified Vietnam in 1995) and US Senator John McCain. Your next stop will be the largest and oldest church in Hanoi. St Joseph’s Cathedral was built in 1886 with an architectural style often compared to the Notre Dame de Paris, this Gothic Revival church is not only a religious site, but is also a popular photoshoot backdrop for local teenagers.  Continue to the heart of Hanoi - the Hoan Kiem Lake, with its magnificent Huc Bridge and Ngoc Son temple. Experience the spiritual harmony of different religions coexisting in the same place. Then, stop for lunch for a traditional bowl of pho, a definite must-do while you're in Vietnam, before ending the tour. You may then continue your own exploration of the area or your tour guide will assist you in getting a taxi back to your hotel.

Hanoi: 5-Day Trip with Halong Bay Cruise and Hanoi City Tour

8. Hanoi: 5-Day Trip with Halong Bay Cruise and Hanoi City Tour

Meet your guide at the airport and enjoy comfortable transport to your hotel in Hanoi central. Relax for the night and prepare for your adventure in the morning. Wake the next day and embark on your journey towards Ninh Binh Province. Arrive at the Bai Dinh Pagoda Complex, and witness the largest Pagoda in Vietnam and all of Southeast Asia. Afterward, climb to the summit of the mountain and marvel at the 100-ton bronze statue of the Buddha Sakyamuni. Take some time to purchase some lunch at a local restaurant, and explore the cave complex in Trang An by boat. Spend the night at a home-stay/hotel in Ninh Binh. Eat a good breakfast at your accommodation and get picked up for your transfer to Halong Bay. Arrive at the Halong Wharf and board your sightseeing cruise. Sip on a welcome drink and learn about the ship with a short cruise briefing. Eat lunch while cruising the Bai Tu Long Bay and admire the serene waterways, with fascinating rock formations along the way. Find yourself at Cap La Island and get ready to kayak through the karst and breathtaking nature. Take some time to yourself to swim and relax. Full of the experience from the day, delight in a sumptuous set-dinner onboard. Challenge yourself with some Vietnamese puzzle games and face off with the rest of your group. Try your luck at squid fishing or sit and enjoy a cocktail in the quiet night of the bay. Begin the next day with a centering Tai Chi routine on the sundeck, or catch the morning view of the bay's landscape, while sipping on a cup of tea or coffee. Enjoy a Western-style breakfast, to give you a little bit of familiarity in a beautiful and strange land. Discover the well-hidden Thien Canh Son Cave and walk the white sandy beach at Hon Co Island. Return to the boat to freshen up and pack up your things, before watching an authentic Vietnamese cooking demonstration. Learn about the simply delicious dish that Gordon Ramsey made famous. After your meal on board, return to Halong Wharf to catch your bus back to Hanoi. Spend some time decompressing in your hotel, before being picked up by your tour guide to visit Hanoi for the day. Capture sights of Tran Quoc Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Complex. Purchase your lunch at a suggested restaurant, and visit the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam. Discover Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake, then head back to your hotel to relax in the lobby. Relax for a while, before being picked up and returned back to the airport for your flight home.

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

9. 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)

Ha Noi: Private Sightseeing Car Tour

10. Ha Noi: Private Sightseeing Car Tour

Start the tour in the morning when a private car will pick you up from your hotel. Set off for your first destination in Hanoi, the Tran Quoc Pagoda on the West Lake. Take a stroll around this Buddhist relic and national heritage sight. Then, continue your visit to Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and stilt house to learn more about his life and final resting place. Lying on one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda - an iconic symbol of Hanoi. After that, head over to the Ethnology Museum to learn about the 54 cultural groups who have lived and still inhabit Vietnam. Stop for a lunch break at a local restaurant in The Old Quarter. Once you've finished lunch, pay a visit to the Temple of Literature - considered to be the first university in Vietnam where many talents for the dynasty have been educated. Your final destinations will be Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple where you can learn about many legendary stories of Vietnam. Admire examples of French and Vietnamese architecture around the lake. Finally, hop into your private car which will return you back to your hotel in the afternoon where your memorable experience will come to an end.

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What people are saying about Ngoc Son Temple

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4.5 / 5

based on 135 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.