- Learning about the Vietnamese history and the life of President Ho Chi Minh
- Exploring Hanoi of thounsand-year civilization with its temples, pagodas
- Riding a cyclo through Old Quarter with its bustling 36 streets
- Enjoying unique amazing Roi Nuoc (Water Puppet show)
This tour is the extended trip around Hanoi from half-day Hanoi city tour. In this tour, you will have a chance to discover one of the most special Vietnamese traditional stage performance - Water Puppet Show.
Temple of Literature:
Almost tourists probably is heard of Temple of Literature, the first university of Vietnam. Visiting this ancient complex will give tourists the experience of discovering the Vietnam’s glorious history and the Easten architecture’s uniqueness. Temple of Literature was built with the purpose of worshiping the Confucius, the Confucian sages and mandarin Chu Van An. In the temple, with more than 700 years of operation (1076 - 1802), thousands of talents for the country had been trained and graduated for serving the country. At the present, there are still 82 stelae on stone tortoises’ back which craved the names of successful contestants in the entrance examinations (1442 - 1778).
Returned-Sword Lake (Guom lake) and Ngocson Temple:
The Returned-Sword Lake is the emerald jewel of Hanoi. For many generations, Vietnamese believed that deep in this green water there is a sacred sword of their ancestors, which is carefully safeguarded by the golden tortoise.
Being built on the Jade Islet, Ngocson temple was dedicated to the Confucian, Taoist philosophers and the national hero - Tran Hung Dao. The temple is a popular spot for visitors coming to the lake.
Museum of Ethnology Hanoi:
This is the centre of Vietnamese ethnic cultural heritages. To date, the museum has a large number of precious artifact: 15,000 artifacts, 2,190 slides, 42,000 photographs, 237 audiotapes, 373 videotapes and 25 CD-ROMs. It is also an ideal centre for ethnographic researcher. People come to the Museum just not only to visit or entertain, but also to learn about traditional values throughout the Vietnamese country.
Cyclo around Old Quarter
Nowadays, in modern life with a large number of modern transportation’s kind, cyclo still keeps its own values with ordinary life. People still use cyclo as a traditional transport to transfer goods, travel and other purposes. And now cyclo is received more pay attention for tourism to serve tourists when they travel around the city. What is the best way to discover and enjoy Hanoi Old Quarter? If you cannot walk too much, cyclo is the intelligent choice to travel around old streets in Hanoi Old town. By its advantage is that it is slow as walk, very easy for you to stop and see every activity of local people in your own eyes. You can stop at any shops, streets to get more exploration without pay more attention for traffic jam as in car. An excursion to Old Town and Hoan Kiem Lake, cyclo is a wonderful experience when you have a friendly driver and can speak a little English. This is the great chance for you to communicate with people living here and get more information from friendly drivers. You can try once in your time in Vietnam, not only in Hanoi city but also in other cities of the country you will get interesting feelings on cyclo.
Water Puppet Show
The Water puppet show is the tradition dating back to 11th century. Vietnamese puppet show is a unique variation of puppet tradition in Asia. The puppeteers, hidding behind a screen and standing chest-deep in the water, manipulate the puppets with the musical accompaniment provided by a small orchestra which is led by a narrator. Water puppetry is performed in a chest-deep pool of water, with the water's surface as a stage. The puppeteers stand behind a curtained backdrop. The water puppet show is lively, touching and worth to see.
The closest attraction to Ninhbinh is Tamcoc, a network of three beautiful caves carved by the local river. Surrounded by paddy fields, a row down this river is a serene, peaceful experience that allows you to feel the natural beauty of the area at a gentle pace.
Visiting here, you will have chance to learn about the amazing architecture, as well as the traditional values. The pagoda is featured with special patterns of phoenix’s-tail-shaped roofs.
Dinh and Le Temples
When having a chance to visit Hoalu - ancient capital of Vietnam, visitors in Vietnam tourism should take time to visit Dinh and Le Temples, where Kings of Dinh and Le Dynasties are worshiped. These two sacred temples were built in 17th century and occupy the important place in spirit of local people.