Our day begins with a discovery of Hi Chi Minh - perhaps the most highly respected figure in the history of Vietnam. Our first stop is a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument of marble and granite built to house the preserved body of beloved Vietminh leader Ho Chi Minh, affectionately known to the Vietnamese as “Uncle Ho”. Continuing on we will visit the One Pillar Pagoda, a Buddhist temple built in 1049. The structure was constructed using wood and is in the shape of a lotus blossom, set upon a single stone pillar. Nearby is Ho Chi Minh's House, a simple wooden house in a tranquil setting where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked. Some of his belongings are on display and visitors can walk up the steps to see his bedroom.
Our next stop is the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first national university built in the late 11th century. The picturesque temple is extremely well-preserved and provides an example of traditional Vietnamese architecture. The temple is featured on the back of the 100,000 Vietnamese dong banknote.
After a morning full of touring, we will visit a local restaurant for lunch, which is included in the tour cost.
In the afternoon, we will visit the fascinating Museum of Ethnology, which houses an extensive collection of traditional costumes and artifacts from Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority groups. Next up is a one hour cycle tour through the famed Old Quarter known for its ‘36 streets of 36 wares’, named after the original 36 artisan guilds that date as far back as the 13th century. Get lost in this fascinating maze of back streets, fronted by narrow houses known as “tunnel” or “tube houses”, built to avoid taxes based on the width of their frontage onto the street. This is a wonderfully eclectic glimpse into Hanoi street life. Before returning to your hotel we will witness an entertaining water puppet performance. This entertainment is a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form, said to have originated in the flooded rice fields of the Red River Delta. The show uses colourful wooden puppets to depict scenes of rural life and details episodes of national history set to music. Your visit to Hanoi would not be complete without witnessing this expression of history.
Departures: 08:00 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - There may be a surcharge if you are staying outside of the city center, contact ShoreTrips if your hotel is located outside of the city.
- Contact ShoreTrips if you would like to be picked up or dropped off at the airport.
- This price of lunch is included in this tour. Beverages are available at an additional cost.
- All entrance fees are included in this program.
- The cycle tour is approximately one hour.
- You may be required to remove your shoes in temples. If you have an aversion to this, we suggest surgical booties.
- You will have to dress respectfully in temples.