Full Day The Essence of Hanoi

Full Day The
Essence of Hanoi

Hanoi is a charming, yet eclectic mix of culture, history and everything in between. A day out
and about brings you into temples, seeing the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh and topping off
this day out, admiring a water puppet show at a leading theatre.


With the strong reminders of its French colonial era still visible, culturally-rich Hanoi is one of the most charming cities of the country and also known as the “Bright Paris” of Asia. A rich blend of Old and New Vietnam, the city is known for its tree-lined, leafy boulevards, its many lakes and green open parks.

All this entwined with a plethora of restaurants and bars, offering a delightful array of what Vietnam has to offer. It will captivate you by the charm of its people, its cityscape, and the atmosphere when we bring you around the capital of Vietnam.


Full Day The Essence of Hanoi

08:00 - 17:00

In the morning, your English-speaking guide will welcome you in your hotel lobby, ready to show Hanoi to you. Accompanied by a local driver with extensive knowledge of the capital, the morning starts with a visit to Ba Dinh Square where silent sentries guard the mausoleum where Ho Chi Minh lies in state, Next door, walk along the simple cottage where Uncle Ho lived and worked. Colonial architecture still flows through Hanoi with ample examples still boasting the downtown area.

Before we end the morning, we make a stop at the One Pillar Shrine and the Quan Thanh Temple, a Taoist Temple. This fine example of an 11th century temple was built to keep the evil spirits out of Hanoi’s city centre. Next on the itinerary are the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature constructed in the 11th Century by one of the famous emperors of its time. The temple was founded in 1070 by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong and honours Confucius. Six years later, Vietnam’s first university was founded here to teach the children of royalty and aristocracy. A delicious Vietnamese lunch breaks the day perfectly before continuing on this Hanoi encounter.

Experience Hanoi’s famous Old Quarter from a different perspective as you enjoy a local rickshaw ride (Cyclo) before visiting the Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake. This densely populated corner of the city was once a centre of commerce where goods were sold under the street name of a particular guild. Still thriving to date, you will see street names such as Sugar Street, Tin Street and Paper Street. Well-preserved homes and temples are interspersed with stores, small cafes and quaint little restaurants in this shopping paradise.

Finishing off this day will be at a Water Puppet Show theatre, a unique form of Vietnamese traditional art has taken its roots from myths and sagas. This tradition dates back to the 11th century and has its origin in the villages of Northern Vietnam. The theme of the 45-minute show is rural and has a strong reference to folklore, making it a charming end to a perfect day before heading back to your hotel.




  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.


  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)


  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Hanoi city centre. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the capital, harbour and the Hanoi International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • The Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh City is closed very afternoon, on Mondays and Fridays and during the months of October and November. Visits to the Mausoleum are restricted to outside visits only and/or alternative sightseeing may need to be offered.
  • Customers are advised that during the TET celebrations (celebration of Vietnamese New Year), excursions and tours may be subject to supplementary charges and/or may see longer waiting times than normal. We appreciate your understanding on this.
  • We regret that we cannot guarantee in any way, confirmed pre-seating for the water puppet show. The final seating arrangement will be determined on spot.
  • This excursion includes obstacles of various kinds that may not make this excursion suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.


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