Following a pick-up at your hotel by your guide and driver youâ€™ll head to the Ho Chi Minh Complex to discover the heart of Vietnam at Uncle Hoâ€™s mausoleum. Standing before the mausoleum are 79 cycad trees, symbolizing Ho Chi Minhâ€™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 the quaint 1-Pillar Pagoda, built out of wood for the 11th-century Emperor LÃ½ ThÃ¡i TÃ´ng. Continue to the Quan Thanh Taoist Temple, one of the 4 sacred temples in Hanoi.
Continue your tour with a visit to the Temple of Literature, the site of Vietnamâ€™s first university, dating back to 1070 and originally built as a temple to Confucius. Inside youâ€™ll see stone turtles, with steles mounted on their backs, with the names of Vietnamâ€™s most important scholars inscribed. The temple highlights the importance that Vietnamese society has placed on education both now and in the past.
After enjoy a break for lunch and some local favorite dishes, youâ€™ll explore the vibrant eastern sector of Hanoi. See the Museum of History, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, and Huc Bridge. Journey by eco car into the Old Quarter and mingle with locals as they go about their hectic lives.
As your tour ends youâ€™ll take in a unique water puppet show, experiencing an art form conceived by Vietnamese peasants hundreds of years ago.
- English-speaking guide
- Land transfers
- Admission fees
- Lunch (local cuisine)
What’s Not Included
- Tips and personal expenses