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A Glimpse of Ho Chi Minh’s Hanoi

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Key Highlights
  • Explore the 1000-year-old university at the Temple of Literature
  • Visit the “Hanoi Hilton” – Hoa Lo Prison that housed POWs during the Vietnam War
  • Marvel at the largest and oldest church in Hanoi, famous for its resemblance to the Notre Dame de Paris
  • Stroll along the legendary Sword Lake to admire the reflections of its stunning bridge and temple
  • Discover the soul of Vietnamese in its traditional tea arts
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    4 - 4.5 hours

    Start time

    Start time: Between 0800h (08:30am) – 0830h (08:30am) (Depending on the traffic)
    Duration: 4 - 4.5 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Hanoi. (Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at the bia hoi

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview Dive in to the sights, sounds, and smells of our bustling city on our Hanoi city tour, a sure way to cross off some of the major Hanoi highlights.

    Visit St Joseph’s Cathedral, the largest and oldest church in Hanoi, famous for its resemblance to the Notre Dame de Paris.

    Explore Ngoc Son temple and Experience the spiritual harmony of different religions coexisting in the same place.Get an enticing glimpse into the life and times of the revolutionary Vietnamese leader, Ho Chi Minh, on this sightseeing tour in Hanoi.


    Start your Hanoi city tour with a visit to the Temple of Literature. Originally built in honour of Confucius by King Ly Thai Thong in 1070, a university was added to the grounds six years later. The university provided education to the royal family and children of the aristocracy or "mandarins". The University remained here until King Gia Long moved the country’s administrative capital from Hanoi to Hue at the beginning of the 19th century.An English-speaking guide will accompany you on this tour.

    Visit a traditional tea house to taste some of the best Vietnamese flavoured green teas, and listen to thousand-year-old stories explaining the significance of tea leaves to local cultures. Tea is even better when served with some authentic snacks such as sweetened lotus seeds and green bean cake.

    Then you will head to the Hoa Lo Prison museum, used by French Colonists for political prisoners till 1954 and later by North Vietnam for American POWs, the prison complex was sarcastically nicknamed the “Hanoi Hilton” by American pilots during Vietnam War (1954-1975). Famous ex-prisoners of war include Pete Peterson (the first US ambassador to a unified Vietnam in 1995), and US Senator John McCain.

    Our next stop will be the largest and oldest church in Hanoi. St Joseph’s Cathedral was built in 1886 with an architectural style often compared to the Notre Dame de Paris, this Gothic Revival church is not only a religious site, but is also a popular photo shoot backdrop for local teenagers.

    We’ll continue to the heart of Hanoi - the Hoan Kiem Lake, with its magnificent The Huc Bridge and Ngoc Son temple. Experience the spiritual harmony of different religions coexisting in the same place. You have your leisure time to explore the places on your own or our tour guide will assist you in getting a taxi back to your hotel.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Hotel pick-up
    • Transportation in a minivan
    • English-speaking guide
    • Entrance fees
    • Lunch
    • Hotel drop-off
    • Beer when visiting the local Bia Hoi
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please check your hotel details are correct on the voucher. If your details are not correct please contact the local activity operator by phone or email.

    It may not always be possible to visit Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum as the government does close the complex with little notice

    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have

  • reviews
    • Perfect introduction

      Covered all the main highlights of Hanoi ranging from Ho Chi Minh's residence to the One Pillar Pagoda. The Museum of Ethnology was worth the visit - the tall and long house were...

      Krishnan Vaitheeswaran, Australia, 09/Nov/2011

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