Enjoy a mini adventure in Hanoi - one of Asia's most captivating cities. Pay your respects to Vietnam's revolutionary leader, learn all about Vietnam's colourful ethnic groups and explore the pulsating streets of the Old Quarter.
Today marks the end of your touring arrangements and you're free to make your own way to the airport after hotel check out.
Welcome to Hanoi
Welcome to Vietnam and the start of your mini adventure in the charming city of Hanoi. Upon your arrival at the international airport you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel for check in (from 2pm onwards - early check in available at additional cost) with the remainder of the day at leisure.
Depending on your arrival time today you may wish to spend the evening watching a traditional water puppet show or sampling the city's colonial heritage in the form of excellent French cuisine.
Today explore Hanoi with a local English-speaking guide. After breakfast head out to Ba Dinh Square where you'll visit the squat Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh’s house-on-stilts and the nearby One Pillar Pagoda. Next up visit the Temple of Literature – Vietnam's very first university built in the 11th century. Gain fascinating insight into the country's ethnic groups at the Museum of Ethnology with plenty of interesting displays on traditional customs and ways of life. The highlight here is the large, beautiful outdoor area featuring genuine stilted houses and compounds as built and used by the many different ethnic groups throughout Vietnam.
In the evening take a walking tour of the city to discover the unique flavors of Vietnamese gastronomy. In the atmospheric Old Quarter sample Hanoi’s local specialties such as Bun Cha - grilled pork and noodles, Banh Cuon - a crepe-like dish filled with meat and veg, and Che Sen - a sweet dessert type soup. Make your way through the bustling streets to the “international corner” where you can enjoy a glass of “bia hoi” (draught beer made in Hanoi) among the crowd of locals and tourists sitting on tiny plastic chairs – a very typical nightlife scene in Hanoi and perfect for a spot of people watching.
Site Opening Information
Please Note: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum is only open in the morning. The mausoleum is closed each week on a Monday & Friday and the entire months of September & October for annual maintenance.
Ho Chi Minh’s house-on-stilts is also closed on Monday & Friday afternoons.
The Museum of Ethnology is also closed on a Monday.
Prices & Dates
Prices shown are per person, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The single supplement price needs to be added to the per person price if single rooms are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.
Lan Vien Hotel, Hanoi
A warm welcome awaits guests at the Lan Vien Hotel. The hotel offers spacious rooms with luxury hard wood flooring and excellent marble en suite facilities. Wi-Fi is available throughout and the sumptuous buffet breakfast on the 11th floor restaurant affording fantastic views across the city is a wonderful way to start the day.
The Ann Hotel, Hanoi
In the centre of Hanoi sits the contemporary and sophisticated The Ann hotel. Guest rooms are spacious and well appointed with delightful en suite facilities including bath and shower. The hotel boasts both a bar and restaurant. The swanky A lounge offers a wonderful selection of beverages and diners can enjoy the Onyx house for delicious local and international dishes on A la carte or buffet style. Our top tip is to head to the roof top pool for a refreshing dip and wonderful views across the city.