After breakfast, visit the Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam built in 11th century. Take a walk through Ba Dinh Square where you’ll see the Presidential Palace, President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and the National Assembly Building from the outside. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2010, the Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long – Hanoi is a relic of a succession of dynasties. Dating back over a thousand years to the Chinese Tang dynasty, Hanoi's ancient citadel was the home of Vietnamese sovereigns going back to Dai Viet, when Hanoi was known as Thang Long. You will visit the ruins of royal palaces, a revolutionary bunker and the archeological site.
After that, you will visit the impressive Museum of Ethnology, the finest museum in Vietnam. This museum is dedicated to Vietnam's 54 ethnic minorities. You then will have time on cyclo tour around Hanoi's vibrant Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake, the focal point of the city. The Old Quarter, with its bustling streets, is home to hundreds of small thriving businesses,.
Close your day by attending a performance of Hanoi's famous water puppet show.
Overnight in Hanoi
Note: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum opens in the morning only and closes on Mondays & Fridays and the whole months of September & October for anual maintenance. Ho Chi Minh’s house-on-stilts is closed on Monday & Friday afternoon. Most of Hanoi’s museums also close on Mondays, except Museum of Vietnam Women & Museum of Vietnam Fine Arts. The Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long – Hanoi is closed on Monday.