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Private Hanoi City Discovery Full-Day Guided Tour

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    8:30am, ready to start the tour. Firstly visit Ho Chi Minh Complex; Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, his house on stilts, the botanical garden and the Presidential Palace while learning about his life and revolutionary activities. This used to be the residence of the Governor of Indochina. After 1954 it was named the Presidential Palace and became the place where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked until he passed away in 1969.

    On the way out visit the One Pillar Pagoda. The pagoda was constructed in 1049 by King Ly Thai Tong according to his dream of Bodhisattva sitting on a lotus flower and leading him to the pagoda. In 1954, the pagoda was destroyed by the French before their withdrawal. After taking over the city on October 10th 1954, Vietnam Ministry of Culture restored the pagoda. The pagoda of today remains since this restoration.

    Around 11:00am arrive at the Temple of Literature. This is the combination of the Confucius Temple which was built in 1070 and the first Royal National university in Vietnam built 6 years later in 1076. Considered as 'an escape' from the bustling city, this temple and its beautiful garden provides an opportunity to learn more about education in Vietnam since 1000 years ago until recent times.

    12:00am, enjoy a delicious lunch in local restaurant with traditional local Vietnamese Cuisines.

    13.00am, continue to visit more interesting museums. There are some options that you can chose from such as the Ethnology Museum, the Museum of Vietnamese History the Hoa Lo Prison Museum, the Military Museum, the Women's Museum and the Art Museum.

    Located west of the city centre, all of the museums offer informative and well-documented displays of country's heritage.

    15:30pm, visit Hoan Kiem Lake (Restored Sword lake) and Ngoc Son Temple. Situated in the heart of Hanoi, the lake got its name according to a national legend. In the 15th century during the Ming Chinese invasion, general Le Loi was presented with a holy sword. With the help of this sword he expelled the Chinese from Thang Long, Hanoi and proclaimed himself king Le Thai To. One day, when the king was sailing on the lake, suddenly a golden turtle emerged from the water and claimed back the sword which had been believed to have been given to him by God. Since then, the lake has been known as Ho Hoan Kiem or the lake of the Restored Sword.

    On as island in the northern part of the lake stands Ngoc Son or Jade Mountain temple, one of the most beautiful and important religious sites in the capital. The temple was established by a mandarin named Nguyen Van Sieu and is dedicated to the spirits of the soil, medicine, literature, and also to Tran Hung Dao, the general who defeated the Mongols in the 13th century.

    Note: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum is closed on Monday and Friday so there will be other alternative options 
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    Reviewed June 13, 2019 via mobile

    Tour around the famous places of Hanoi. The trip is well organized, food is ok. The great thing is we know a lot about history and life here.

    Thank 251midr
    Reviewed June 13, 2019 via mobile

    We just had a colorful trip to Hanoi. The tour guide is hilarious; he has excellent knowledge of local life, culture, and history. Delicious lunch. This tour is highly recommended.

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank 104num
    Reviewed June 9, 2019

    We discovered many unique places bearing bold cultural oriental in general and Vietnam in particular. I have heard about Vietnamese history and respect Ho Chi Minh. We also enjoyed delicious food. The trip is very valuable.

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank hfuyegfjd
    Reviewed June 9, 2019 via mobile

    The exciting trip helps us better understand Hanoi, which contains many Vietnamese culture and history. At the end of the trip, we also visited a very cool place, Ho Hoan Kiem; many people came here. I appreciate the professionalism of tour guides and organizing companies.

    Thank bxhxbd
    Reviewed March 4, 2019 via mobile

    Super friendly guide. He showed us around Hanoi and for everyone he told us the background story. I will recommend to future friends visiting the city.

    Thank jertyr
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