Private Tour: Full-Day Hanoi City Experience Including One Pillar Pagoda
Emjoy this full-day private city tour of Hanoi, complete with an English-speaking guide. See the highlights of the city including the Old Quarter and view the ancient architecture among the bustling area. Observe the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the One Pillar Pagoda before enjoying a traditional lunch.
Meet your tour guide in the lobby of your Hanoi accommodations to begin your tour of the city. First start with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where the body of “The Great Father of Vietnam” is stored. Locals visit Ba Dinh Square to pay their respects to the body. Nearby, is Stilt House, where Uncle Ho used to live and work before he passed away. The building displays many things related to what was his daily life. The next destination will be One Pillar Pagoda, modeled as a pillar in the middle of a lotus pond. Proceed to go to the Temple of Literature, the first University of Vietnam.
At the temple, you will see the carved names of those who passed the national examination on a stone turtle’s back. Once that is done, you will take a break to enjoy a typical lunch at a nearby neighborhood. In the afternoon, continue to the Museum of Ethnology, then head back to the center for Ngoc Son temple and Sword Lake. End the tour with your choice of tour, the 36 streets of Old Quarter or a traditional Vietnamese house, before returning to your accommodations.