Planning to spend a day in Hanoi but wondering where to go so you don’t miss the highlights of the city? Check out our Hanoi city tour itinerary for a safe and comfortable trip and enjoy a memorable day in Vietnam’s capital city.
The capital of Vietnam, with more than 1000 years of history, is always a highly recommended destination for any visitor. The city builds a sentimental environment where the atmosphere of a bygone era meets the rapid growth of a dynamic urban center.
In the morning
The city tour will keep you busy around the most visited destinations, so let’s get up early, have a delicious bowl of Pho (Vietnamese beef noodles). Our tour guide will pick you up at the hotel lobby with a private taxi to take you around all the wonders of Hanoi.
Our first stop is Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, which is a building to commemorate the merits of Uncle Ho Chi Minh – a great leader of Vietnam.
Note: The mausoleum is open Tuesday-Thursday and weekend mornings, so remember to check the date before you go. Also, pay attention to the attire. As this is a very spiritual place, shorts and tank tops should not be worn.
And don’t forget to visit the surroundings of the One Pillar Pagoda, which is shaped like a lotus, and Uncle Ho’s old house, which holds many of his memories.
After about 2 hours, we moved to the next destination. Here we arrived at Vietnam’s first university, the Temple of Literature. It is dedicated to Confucius (Khong Tu) and is considered a symbol of the Vietnamese’s hunt for permanent knowledge.
Well-preserved artifacts from 54 ethic groups will become educational information for those interested in traditions and customs. It is also an excellent opportunity to explore Vietnam’s diversity in terms of demographics.
About 2 hours later, after checking every corner of the Ethnological Museum, we will move back to the city center to admire the rare beauty of the Old Quarter.
The nostalgic 36 streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter are ideal for an unhurried adventure. You will be fascinated by the ancient architectural design of the houses, the variety of local products sold in each street and the metallic sound of the vendors.
Still, one small detail will take your experience to the highest level. It’s all about taking a cyclo ride. Hop on a cyclo (three-wheeled bicycle) and ride through the narrow paths of the Old Town, you’ll feel like you’re emerging into the hustle and bustle of the locals.
The bike tour lasts about 45 minutes. Afterwards, we will head to your hotel so you can enjoy a delicious dinner at a renowned restaurant and spend the night on your own.
We highly recommend you to explore the hotel’s neighborhood. Or else, tell us what you want to do and we will prepare a list of suggestions for you. Connect with us by email to stay up to date on Vietnam and Indochina tourism. See you next time
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