After breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken for a tour of this fascinating capital city. The first stop is Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh, the Chairman of the Vietnam Communist Party from 1951 until his death in 1969. You also visit his traditional stilt house to get to know more about his life and career. Next, you will visit the One Pillar Pagoda, a historic Buddhist Temple and regarded as one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples. From here you will be taken to the Temple of Literature – built in 1070, it is one of several temples in Vietnam that is dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars.
After the temples, it’ll be time for lunch and your introduction to some famous local restaurants where you enjoy the local dish of Pho, Bun Cha or Egg Coffee.
In the late afternoon, we start walking tour at Hanoi’s largest covered market, Dong Xuan. Along the perimeter of the market, dozens of street hawkers sell a staggering variety of produce from live seafood to exotic fruits and spices. Your local guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. We eat as we go, trying seasonal fruits and sampling a tasty French-inspired snack from a street cart.
Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, we tempt our taste buds with the famed Hanoi dish Banh Cuon at a local eatery. Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate for you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, we wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe local life that has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago.
Our next two snack stops are at outdoor barbeque stalls. We sit down with the Hanoi locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bread specialties that are flame grille over hot coals for extra flavor. It’s the time for dessert as we venture down a small alley to join in the local tradition of feasting on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed ice and condensed milk – this specialty is one not to be missed!
Afterward, transfer back and overnight at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast & lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi