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Hanoi City Tour With The Vietnam Ethnology Museum in Vietnam

Planning a vacation to Hanoi and want to maximize your time there? An ideal approach to see Vietnam’s capital’s magnificent architecture, lively culture, and rich history is to take a one-day city trip. This thorough book will walk you through a full-day schedule that makes sure you don’t miss any of Hanoi’s must-see sights, including a trip to the famous Vietnam Ethnology Museum.

Morning: Discover the Historical Heart of Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

 See the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum first thing in the morning; it pays a somber and dignified homage to the man who founded modern-day Vietnam. Here at Ba Dinh Square, this famous location is where Ho Chi Minh proclaimed Vietnam’s independence back in 1945. With its insights into Vietnamese history, the mausoleum is a major cultural and political monument.

  • Opening hour:

Summer and Fall hours are Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday through Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (April 1–October 31).

Winter and Spring (November 1–March 31): Tuesday–Thursday and Saturday–Sunday, 8:00–11:00 a.m.

Visitor hours are extended by thirty minutes on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays.

  • Entrance fee:

Entering the tomb costs VND25,000 (US$1,07) per person at the moment. For a tour to discover Vietnamese history, this is a fair and deserving fee.

  • Rules:

Appropriately and officially dress

Check your stuff at the security gate.

Follow the cops’ directions and walk in line; do not jog or cause disturbance.

Off off your cap and place it in your right hand

Never scream or touch the walls.

Leave your hands out of your pockets.

If you would want to film or take pictures in the area, follow the directions of the guards.

Do not film, take pictures or make drawings of the room where President Ho Chi Minh’s embalmed body is placed in the Mausoleum.

Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House

After that, tour the magnificent colonial Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House, a straightforward home that reflects his lowly way of living. These websites offer an opposing picture of Vietnam’s revolutionary leadership and colonial heritage.

  • Opening hours:

Every year hundreds Vietnamese people from both home and abroad visit Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House. All days save Monday and Friday, it is open from 7.30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m.

  • Entrance fee:

Free entrance is available to Vietnamese visitors. Foreign visitors pay 25,000 VND for their tickets, though.

One Pillar Pagoda 

One Pillar Pagoda

One Pillar Pagoda

You can locate the unusual Buddhist shrine known as the One Pillar Pagoda close by, constructed in 1049. Rising from a solitary stone pillar in the centre of a lotus pond, this famous building represents enlightenment and purity.Vietnamese capital Hanoi is represented spiritually and culturally by the One Pillar Pagoda. A true eye-opener for visitors, the temple boasts unique structural elements and historical significance.

  • Opening hours:

In Doi Can Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi City, on the grounds of the park behind Ong Ich Khiem Street, is the One Pillar Pagoda. The hours of operation for One Pillar Pagoda are dependent on other areas of the complex housing the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Visitors can so access this unusual shrine between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

  • Entrance fees: 

Visits to the One Pillar Pagoda by Vietnamese nationals are free. But each foreigner will pay 25,000 VND.

The pagoda is next to Ba Dinh Square. This is easy for guests to find and locate several transportation options.

Driving a car or motorbike, you park it at one of two spots near the Ho Chi Minh Museum:

Next to Ho Chi Minh Museum on Ngoc Ha Street is Ong Ich Khiem Street.

Mid-Morning: Dive into Vietnamese Culture

Temple of Literature 

Temple of Literature

Temple of Literature

Proceed to the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam. Culture vultures must see this Confucian temple complex, which was established in 1070 and features exquisite traditional architecture, verdant grounds, and historical relevance.

  • Address

No. 58, Quoc Tu Giam Street, Dong Da District, Hanoi

Emperor Ly Thanh Tong built the Temple of Literature in 1070 to honour the Chinese philosopher Confucius. Then, under the name Imperial Academy, it became Vietnam’s first university. It had taught hundreds of well-known academics and mandarins during its more than 700-year existence until the colonial era. The temple is still architecturally and culturally beautiful despite the effects of conflict. 

  • Opening hours: 

8 am – 5 pm daily

  • Entrance fee:

    • Adults: 70,000 VND
    • Students: 35,000 VND (student cards required)
  • Directions to the Temple of Literature

The Temple of Literature lies close to four main streets: Quoc Tu Giam, Van Mieu, Ton Duc Thang, and Nguyen Thai Hoc. You may easily go to the temple from any area of Hanoi. Either you can reserve a ride using the local hailing app, like Grab or Gojek, or you can use Google Maps to find the directions and drive here. The temple is close to the stops of busses numbers 2, 23, 38, and 25, 4.

Lunch: Savor Hanoi’s Culinary Delights

Bun cha

Bun cha

Stop for a delectable Vietnamese lunch at one of the many neighborhood eateries in Hanoi city. Savour classic fare like Pho, Bun Cha, or Banh Mi and become fully immersed in the regional cuisine.

Afternoon: Explore the Vietnam Ethnology Museum

Vietnam Ethnology Museum

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

The Vietnam Ethnology Museum is the tour’s high point; see it after lunch. By use of exhibits, photos, and artifacts, this museum provides a thorough overview of the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam. The outdoor part of the museum offers a wonderful look into the many cultures that make up Vietnam through traditional homes from many ethnic groups.

  • Opening hours

Hours of Operation: 8.30 – 17.30 everyday

Except Mondays and New Year’s Holiday

  • Ticket and Fees

40,000 VND/pax

  • Address

Nguyen Van Huyen str., Cau Giay Dist., Hanoi

Late Afternoon: Stroll through Hanoi’s Old Quarter

Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple 

The Huc Bridge

The Huc Bridge

Go back into the city center and take in Hoan Kiem Lake, a calm haven right in the middle of Hanoi. Take in the tranquilly of the lake and the Ngoc Son Temple, which is reached by a quaint red bridge from a little island. Renowned in Hanoi city, Ngoc Son Temple showcases Vietnamese spirituality and traditional architecture. People gather to this holy place to pray for prosperity and mental tranquilly.

Ngoc Son Temple 

  • Opening hours 

7 am – 6 pm on weekdays and 7 am – 9 pm on weekends

  • Entrance fee: 

Children under 15 years old: Free

Students: 15,000 VND/ticket

Adults: VND 30,000/ticket

Besides looking up the entrance fee and opening hours, you should also pay attention to Ngoc Son Temple dress code, as the temple is a place of solemn and sacredness:

  • Walk gently, refrain from laughing and making noise.
  • Choose formal, non-revealing clothing (No shorts, mini skirts, or tank-top).
  • Take shoes and sandals off when entering the temple building to light incense.

Hanoi Old Quarter 

Historic streets

Historic streets

Walk slowly throughout Hanoi’s Old Quarter to round up the day. Famous for its lively markets, old structures, and little streets is this busy neighborhood. Discover the many stores, have a taste of the street cuisine, and take in the energetic vibe. Situated north and west of Hoan Kiem Lake is the Hanoi Old Quarter. 36 streets make up this area. Hang Dau Street lies on the ancient quarter’s northernmost side, and Phung Hung Street on its westernmost. Hang Bong Street, Hang Gai Street, Cau Go Street and Hang Thung Street are located in the southern area; Tran Quang Khai Street and Tran Nhat Duat Street are located in the eastern section.

There are several ways to go to Hanoi Old Quarter, including bus, taxi, motorbike taxi, and so on. To go to Hoan Kiem Lake, take bus numbers 09, 14, 36; to get to O Quan Chuong Gate, take buses numbers 03, 11, 14, 18, 22, 34, 40.

Tran Quoc Pagoda 

Tran Quoc Pagoda

Tran Quoc Pagoda

On a little islet of West Lake (Tay Ho District, Hanoi City) is the Tran Quoc Pagoda. Entering the pagoda is possible via the main gate located at 46 Thanh Nien Street. Tran Quoc Pagoda honors Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, Shakyamuni Buddha, and Amitabha Buddha. An altar honors Guan Yu, Guan Ping, Zhou Shang, and Anathapindika as well.

  • Tran Quoc Pagoda opening hours: 

Regular days: 8 AM – 4 PM

Lunar New Year’s Eve: all night

The 1st and 15th days of every lunar month: 6 AM – 6 PM

  • Tran Quoc Pagoda entrance fee

Free

  • Tran Quoc Pagoda dress code: 

Formal non-revealing clothing (No shorts, mini skirts or tank-tops)

Evening: Experience Hanoi’s Nightlife

Water Puppet Show 

Water Puppet Show

Water Puppet Show

An old Vietnamese art form, the water puppet show, is a wonderful way to end the day. One well-liked place to see this cultural show is the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, which is close to Hoan Kiem lake.

Dinner and Night Market

Night Street Food

Night Street Food

Dine at a neighborhood restaurant after the performance and then peruse the Old Quarter’s night market. Shopping for mementos and taking in Hanoi city’s lively nightlife are both excellent here.

Conclusion

Historical sites, cultural insights, and local encounters are all expertly combined in a full-day Hanoi city trip. Including a trip to the Vietnam Ethnology Museum can help you to better appreciate the country’s varied ethnic past. Regardless of your interests—history, culture, or just wanting to see a new place—this one-day tour of Hanoi city looks to be an amazing experience.

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Amazing Hanoi - Halong Bay - Ninh Binh: 5 days

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Ninh Binh Tam Coc
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Hanoi - HCM Mausoleum
Hanoi Bike through rice field
Hanoi Bike through rice field
Hanoi Cyclo Tour
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Halong Bay
Halong Bay
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Glory Cruise
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Halong islet
Halong islet
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Halong Bay
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Glory Cruise
Halong islet
Halong Bay

We will explore the most amazing places in the north of Vietnam. First, North Vietnam Hanoi Tour will bring you to explore Hanoi charming city, with a half-day city tour, you will visit the most iconic attractions in Hanoi such as President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake and the old quarter of Hanoi. After Hanoi, we are going to Tam Coc, Ninh Binh where we visit the Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, enjoy the boat trip in Tam Coc and to discover the countryside. For ending two days of Inspirational Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Halong Tour, we will spend one night stay on a cruise to explore the seven natural wonder of the world. Let’s explore the Magnificent North of Vietnam with Impress Travel.

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Tours Itinerary

Day 01

HANOI ARRIVAL – GREETING – HANOI CITY TOUR– Private Tour (L)

  • Good morning, pick you up at Noi Bai International
  • Airport and transfer to Hanoi Capital city.
  • Check-in the hotel then have lunch at the restaurant.
  • Afternoon sightseeing tour begins with a visit to President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ( closed on Monday and Friday, every afternoon, and whole from 15 June – 15 August, view the outside the building). Inside the mausoleum, there are sightseeing of the Presidential Palace (view from outside), President’s Fishpond, House On Stilts, and One Pillar Pagoda.
  • Next, we will pay a visit to the Temple of Literature. It is where Confucius – The founder of Confucianism was worshiped. This place as known as the first National University of Vietnam. It is where kings, mandarins, talented people of Vietnam training to the functionary.
  • Our tour continues with an exciting visit. We will visit one of the most beautiful lakes in Hanoi is Hoan Kiem Lake. Then, we will go to the Ngoc Son Temple, which is in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake.
  • Continue a short walking tour around the old quarter with a tour guide.

Day Inclusions: Private A/C transfer, English-speaking tour guide in Hanoi, lunch, entrance fee, hotel in Hanoi

Day 02

HANOI – NINH BINH (TAM COC, HOA LU) TOUR (B/L)

  • Good morning, have breakfast at the hotel.
  • 7.30 – 8.00 AM: Pick you up at your hotel in the Old Quarter and transfer to Tam Coc.
  • 8.00 – 10.00 AM: After two hours of transferring, our tour guide will introduce you to Vietnam as the history, culture, lifestyle of local people. On the conical hat, we will have a mini-game show to teach you how to say and write some Vietnamese simple words such as Xin Chào, Tạm Biệt, Tôi yêu Ninh Bình, etc. We will give you a little souvenir and you can wear it during the trip.
  • 10 AM: We will prepare for a boat trip to visit the beautiful Tam Coc. It takes 1.30 hours rowing along the Ngo Dong river through the three mysterious caves. You can enjoy spectacular scenery surrounded by rice paddies and towering limestone mountain peaks.
  • 11.30 AM: We will get on Thanh pier for a short walk to visit Thai Vi Temple, which is one of the well-known temples in Ninh Binh, Vietnam. We will continue 10 minutes walking along majestic valley with rice fields, rivers and lotus ponds for Tam Coc Nature Lodge where we will relaxing
  • Enjoy your lunch in here – Vietnamese food.
  • 1.30 PM: you have a chance to be a fisherman and learn how to catch the fish in the pond or river.
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM: We ride a bike to Thung Nang, along the river among the rice field, lotus ponds, and limestone Mountains. We will continue to through a peaceful Dan Khe Trong village. This area is a real picture of the rural countryside in the north of Vietnam.
  • 15: 00: Return the van, drive to visit Hoa Lu Ancient citadel which was built in the 10th century, and the temple dedicated to King Dinh and King Le
  • 4:00 PM: Back to Hanoi Capital.
  • 18:30: Arrive in Hanoi & we will drop you at your hotel in the Old Quarter.
  • Have dinner is available on your request.
  • Overnight at the Hanoi Hotel.

Day Inclusions: Car/Mini-Van, Outstanding English speaking guide, Lunch – Vietnamese Cuisine at Tam Coc Nature Eco Lodge, All sightseeing tickets, Good bike with gears, 02 bottles of Mineral water, Services charges and government tax, Rowing boat to visit Tam Coc, One conical hat as souvenir, Demonstration of teaching to learn how to write, speak Vietnamese, and catch fish

Day 03

HANOI – HALONG CRUISE (B/L/D)

  • Good morning! Enjoy your with have breakfast at your hotel, then check-out the hotel.
  • 07:30 am – 08:00: Pick up from your hotel to travel to Halong Bay (notice: pickup time can be a bit flexible depending on each different Cruise, distance Hanoi – Halong bay is 160km, a stop for break time on halfway for a refreshment).
  • You enjoy the drive and sightseeing the peaceful countryside scenery during the bus trip (4 hours), we arrive at the Ha Long bay seaport at around noontime.
  • 12h 30: You will aboard the cruise, check-in & enjoy a welcome drink while your cabin will be assigned.
  • Check-in your cabin and put your luggage in, relax and may do a short inspection tour by moving around the cruise to discover about the cruise’s architecture & design
  • Enjoy the sumptuous lunch with fresh seafood meal while cruise slowly gliding out into the Halong bay.
  • 15h00 – 16h00: Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave – the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay.
  • 16h00 – 17h00: Cruising to Titop Island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Titop or climb up to the top of the island for a view panorama of Halong Bay.
  • 17h00 – 17h30: Return to the boat, enjoying beautiful seascape on the way.
  • 17h30 – 19h00: Enjoy Sunset Party on the sundeck and admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set.

Day Inclusions: Hotel breakfast, shuttle bus A/C transfer, English speaking tour guide on CRUISE only, entrance fee, full board, joint Cruise in Halong bay with private cabin (2 persons share 1 cabin)

Day 04

HALONG BAY – HANOI (B/L)

  • Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
  • 07h00 – 07h30 Have breakfast on board and enjoy the peaceful morning of Halong Bay.
  • 08h30 – 09h30 Kayak among the hidden areas of the bay, around the Drum Cave.
  • 09h45 Return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin.
  • 10h00 – 10h30 Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more.
  • 10h30 – 11h30 while heading back to the harbor, watch the fruit carving demonstration and participate in the Cooking Class before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
  • 11h45 – 12h00 Disembark V’Spirit Classic.
  • 12h15 – 12h30 Transfer back to Hanoi.
  • About 16:00 – Arrival back to Hanoi central city, recheck in the hotel
  • Dinner is available on your request.
  • Free time & Overnight in Hanoi city

Day 05

HANOI CITY CENTER TO NOI BAI AIRPORT – DEPARTURE (B)

  • Good morning, enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Then, you have some free time to explore Hanoi city before going to Noi Bai airport for your scheduled flight.
  • The end of the tour, thank you and see you again!

What's included in this trip :

  • A/C accommodation with DOUBLE or TWIN ROOM (2 persons share 1 room; single room can be available on request) with daily breakfast
  • A/C transfer from Airports to the hotel and other tourist destinations according to the itinerary
  • Bus round trip to Hanoi – Ha Long Bay; (private land transfer available on request)
  • 2 days 1 night on Joint Cruise trip in Ha Long Bay, with DOUBLE or TWIN (2 persons share 1 cabin; single cabin can be available on request), full meals on board
  • Kayaking in Ha Long Bay
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary. (Breakfast = 04; Lunch = 04; Dinner = 01)
  • English- speaking guides as specified (Chinese/ Malaysian speaking guide can be available on request)
  • Entrance fees
  • Mineral water (2 bottles/ per day with sightseeing tour)
What's excluded in this trip:
  • All international and domestic flights
  • Specified as Chinese/ Malaysian/ Indonesian/Thai speaking guide can be available on request to pay for extra-fee.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals not mentioned
  • Tips for tour guides, drivers, crew members in Ha Long Bay, other attendants if may have (3 USD/pax/day)
  • Other personal expenses not mentioned.

3 STAR HOTELS & CRUISES IN VIETNAM  SELECTED

 

Destination

Room Type

HOTEL NAME, ROOM TYPE & WEBSITE

Hanoi 3-star Hotels

Adamas Deluxe City 

ADAMAS HANOI HOTEL
Refer: http://swancruiseshalong.com/

3-star Halong  Bay Cruises

Swan Cruise Deluxe

SWAN CRUISE HALONG BAY

Refer: http://swancruiseshalong.com/


4 STAR HOTELS & CRUISE IN VIETNAM SELECTED

 

Destination

Room Type

HOTEL NAME, ROOM TYPE & WEBSITE

  Hanoi  4-star Hotels

The light deluxe with window

THE LIGHT HOTEL HANOI

Refer: thelighthotelhanoi.com/en/

4-star Halong Bay Cruises

Sealife Suite Canbin

HUONG HAI SEALIFE CRUISE HALONG BAY

Refer: www.sealifegroup.com

5 STAR HOTELS & CRUISE IN VIETNAM SELECTED

 

Destination

Hotel Category

HOTEL NAME, ROOM TYPE & WEBSITE

  Hanoi 5-star hotels

Deluxe Sketch Apricot Hotel

 APRICOT HOTEL HANOI

Refer: apricothotels.com/room/sketch

5-star Halong bay Cruises

Deluxe Room with Ocean View Margaret

MARGARET CRUISE HALONG BAY

Refer: https://margaretcruises.com

 

The hotels and cruise are subject to change to similar category in case of fully booked

Vietnam Travel Map: 15 Days

Ranana

You feel like organized tour, but you are in a privet tour. Impress Travel make the different.

We went on a private trip to Vietnam and Cambodia, the whole trip plan was organized for us by the Impress Travel Company from Vietnam, the company did an amazing job, the whole trip was organized in a wonderful way with an amazing match between the various parties, their choices were correct and the quality of the hotels chosen were very high quality and it is important to note that the price was low in comparison To other agencies, thanks to Impress Travel and especially to Daniel who was tolerant and open to changes and organized the route for us.

Ebrahim

Tour of Vietnam

Impress travel were amazing. Did my bookings with Daniel for our tour of Vietnam and I must say Daniel was very professional and prompt with his services. All the arrangement, plans, pick-up & drop-off services, hotels, vehicles, sightseeing tours and guides were spot on and excellent. Did 4 nights Hanoi, 1 night Hà Long Bay cruise, 3 nights Hoian, 4 nights Saigon and 1 night in Can Tho. It was totally awesome. Every part of the journey was superbly arranged and planned. I will highly recommend Impress Travel for anyone interested in visiting Vietnam. Very organized and reliable!

Solly Pochee

The tour was fantastic

I booked with Impress Travel in July. My contact person was Tommy Thang. He is an amazing person. He was very helpful. He changed my program twice for me. Very accommodating!
We started our holiday in the north (Sapa)of Vietnam and travelled down to HCMC.
The tour was fantastic, Tommy's arrangements were to the"T".
I will always use them if I have to visit the area again and recommend them to one and all.
Thank you once again Mr.Tommy and the Impress Team.
Sulaiman Pochee

Bernard Lim

Great value for money with 4 stars hotel

Great value for money with 4 stars hotel accommodation for 4 couples. The tour guide has been very helpful and brought us to amazing places in Sapa. We want to thanks Thuy the tour guide and especially Mark from Impress Travel for his great service and assurance throughout our trip. We’ll definitely use his service for other tour packages in other parts of Vietnam.

Derek.Schooling

We enjoyed our holiday with Impress travel

This is the second time we travel to Vietnam with IMPRESS Travel. First time, we booked our holiday to Hanoi, Halong Bay & Sapa during Dec 2018 with Impress.
Second time, we travel to Hoi An, Hue & Danang (Central Vietnam) during Jan 2019.

My friends & I are very glad & happy with all the hotels stay in Central Vietnam, the meals provided are delicious. We are greatly appreciated with all the tour arrangement by Tommy & his team (tour guide).
Especially, Mr. NHAT C.V. He is helpful, cheerful, knowledgeable and very professional. He always volunteer to take a nice pictures for six of us (group) .

We enjoyed our holiday with Impress travel. We will definitely come back to Vietnam again with Impress

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