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Hanoi Highlights : Top destinations for a day trip

This article provides with details about highlights of Hanoi for a day tour. Hanoi, the bustling metropolitan capital of Vietnam. Included in this jam-packed itinerary are some of our most favorite tourist activities, such as a visit to the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, the Ngoc Son Temple and a cyclo ride through the quaint and colorful Hanoi Old Quarter.

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Suggested itinerary for a day tour in Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Our tour begins early in the morning to beat the queues at our first port of call, the world-renowned Ho Chi Minh mausoleum. Situated in the historically significant Ba Dinh Square, the mausoleum houses Uncle Ho and the impressive building serves to commemorate this famous leader of Vietnamese history. We will spend an hour or two here, taking in the sights and wandering in the beautifully maintained gardens, before checking out the Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh’s humble stilt house.

Temple of Literature

Graduation at Temple of literature Hanoi

Next, it’s off to the beautiful Temple of Literature, just a short drive away. This site was founded in 1070 as a tribute to Confucius and is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. Here we’ll spend some time wandering the splendid courtyards, admiring the beautifully manicured gardens and learning about the history of this stunning refuge for scholars in the chaos of the big city.

Museum of Ethnology

Hanoi musuem of Ethnology

A 15 minute drive through the Quan Hoa area brings us to our next point on the tour – the fascinating Museum of Ethnology. The museum is dedicated to the exploration of the native ethnicities of Vietnam and no trip to Hanoi would be complete without a visit. Take a stroll amongst the reconstructed traditional houses, learn about daily life and rituals of the different tribes of Vietnam, and be sure to take plenty of photos. For those on a short visit to Hanoi, this museum is definitely a great overview of Vietnam.

Ngoc Son Temple

Ngoc Son temple by night

After a lunch of traditional (and delicious!) Vietnamese food we head back into Hanoi to the Ngoc Son Temple. This splendid Temple is set in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake, and we will access by the red bridge. After your guide explains the history of the temple and the legend of the Turtle and the Sword you will have time to take in the views of the lake.

Cyclo ride in Hanoi Old Quarter

Cyclo ride in Hanoi Old Quarter

The highlight of this tour comes at the end of the day, when we take a cyclo ride through Hanoi Old Quarter. Sit back and relax as you whizz through the old town, taking in the sights sounds and smells  of Old Hanoi. You will be amazed at the skill of your cyclo driver in dodging people, cars and animals

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