Start this day with a visit to the highly acclaimed Vietnam Women’s Museum. The museum is located near Hoan Kiem Lake and offers wonderful insight into the lives of Vietnamese women. Displays highlight Vietnam’s vast cultural diversity and educate on the significant role Vietnamese women play in Vietnamese society. Learn historic and modern-day traditions centered around births, weddings, motherhood, spirituality and more.
Then, explore the Temple of Literature. In 1076, Quoc Tu Giam, Vietnam's first university also referred to as Van Mieu, was established within a temple to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past.
Eat for a good cause and have lunch at Koto Restaurant, close by the Temple of Literature.
Continue to the nearby mausoleum of the historic figure and father of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh (viewed from outside), and visit the former president’s house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969. His former home illustrates the modesty of this Vietnamese revolutionary. Visit the small but iconic One Pillar pagoda before heading back to your hotel.
In the evening, take a ride through the lively streets of Vietnam’s iconic capital on the back of a vintage Vespa. Your personal driver will pick you up at the hotel around 5.55 PM and drive you to a local café in the heart of the old quarter. Here you will meet your guide. Enjoy a cocktail and a local snack from one of the nearby night vendors and before heading out visit one of Hanoi’s oldest churches.
Set off on your ride through the magical, busy narrow streets of the Old quarter and head to Hanoi’s railway tracks dating back to the colonial era. Here we stop at a surprising place, literally right on the track to try some infused rice wine and a Buffalo Jerky entree.
Back on your Vespa and through a series of busy alleyways, we reach a lively street restaurant to taste a ‘must’ dish in Hanoi… the delicious and famous Bun Cha. Made of rice noodles, grilled pork, meatballs, and fresh herbs with a side of spring rolls, you will not soon forget this classic dish.
We then ride out of the Old Quarter, passing by one of Hanoi’s many lakes, to a venue famous in the neighbourhood for a variety of local specialties such as the Pho Cuon and Pho noodle. Here you will learn the art of wrap ‘n’ roll Vietnamese style.
The last part of the evening ride takes us past the iconic Opera House and to a famous Jazz Club offering a truly unique blend of music, from 1930’s style Jazz to traditional Vietnamese!
Time for a last drink before heading back to your hotel.
A small bag is recommended for this tour.
NOTE: The order of the visits may be slightly changed at the discretion of the guide.
End of the tour around 10.00 PM.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.