On this 5-day tour of Hanoi culture and cuisine, you’ll discover the city’s proud history and vibrant modern-day life. Wake early to discover the city coming to life at sunrise, as noodle shops open for breakfast and locals practice Tai Chi at Hoan Kiem Lake. Wander the narrow alleyways of Hanoi’s Old Quarter and shop in its bustling neighborhood markets. Journey through picturesque plains to ancient villages, and visit some of the capital’s most important landmarks and temples.
Your Hanoi cultural tour is full of surprises. Absorb the fascinating history of the Temple of Literature, where students studied Confucius for centuries. Then revel in the story of Vietnam’s famous revolutionary, Ho Chi Minh, at his revered mausoleum, where the nation’s deep respect for “Uncle Ho” is still tangible.
On an excursion out of the cosmopolitan city, you’ll travel through picturesque countryside dotted with mountains to an ancient agricultural village. At Duong Lam, you’ll get unique glimpses at centuries-old architecture and temples that abound in sculptures and artwork. Back in the capital, take the opportunity to join local hosts at their home for an authentic Vietnamese meal. You’ll also try your hand at puppet painting and watch a traditional water puppet show at an artisan studio. But of course, you can’t leave Hanoi without joining the locals and learning Tai Chi from a master. As you sip Vietnamese-style coffee by the lake, you’ll have ample time to reflect on the unique experiences you enjoyed on this Hanoi cultural tour.