Arrival in Hanoi, meet on arrival at Hanoi airport and transfer to the hotel. Sightseeing in Hanoi: visit One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Opera House
Overnight in Hanoi
HANOI, a city of lakes, shaded boulevards and public parks, is the capital of Vietnam. It is a very attractive city with French style buildings and less traffic than other cities in Asia.
ONE PILLAR PAGODA: built by the Emperor Ly Thai Tong, who ruled from 1028 to 1054. Constructed of wood on a single stone pillar, it is designed to resemble a lotus blossom.
TEMPLE OF LITERATURE: founded in 1070 by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong, who dedicated it to Confucius in order to honor scholars and men of literary accomplishment.
HOAN KIEM LAKE: right in the heart of Hanoi, this lake contains an islet with the tiny Tortoise Pagoda, topped with a red star.
HO CHI MINH MAUSOLEUM: in the tradition of Lenin and Stalin before him and Mao after him, the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh is a glass sarcophagus set deep in the bowels of a monumental edifice that has become a site of pilgrimage. (Closed Mondays and Fridays).
OPERA HOUSE: a magnificent 900-seat opera house built in 1911. (May be viewed from the outside only).
Day 2 Hanoi
After breakfast at the hotel, discovers the old quarter of Hanoi by cyclo (2-3 hrs). It is also called "36 streets," most of which are named after the crafts or merchandise traditionally sold there.
Continue sightseeing Hanoi: visit Dong Xuan Market, Chua Quan Su Pagoda and enjoy Water Puppet Show - the unique Vietnamese traditional art before transfer back to hotel.
Overnight in Hanoi
CHUA QUAN SU PAGODA: (the Ambassador Pagoda) is a 17th century reception house for ambassadors from Buddhist countries.
WATER PUPPET SHOW: a fantastic art form originating in northern Vietnam, best seen in Hanoi. The Municipal Water Puppet Theater is located on the shore of Hoan Kiem Lake.
Day 3 Hanoi
After breakfast at the hotel, free time at leisure before transfer to the
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