Vietnam tailor-made tours: around Hanoi
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A customized tour is great a way to travel if you are foreign to Vietnam. You can control your budget and get your trip tailored to your personal interests. Moreover, the tour is also more organized and comfortable for travelers. Hanoi itself is enough to keep you occupied but here, hanoitravelreviews expand the tour and pick out some of the best places near the capital for a more valuable experience.
Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
Upon your arrival in Hanoi, your guide will pick you up at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You will spend the rest of the day in the city to get your much-needed rest and prepare for your adventure.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour
Waking up early to watch the sunrise and enjoy the morning fresh air is the best way to start your day. You can walk around Hoan Kiem Lake to see some interesting activities of the locals like doing aerobics or sampling street food.
For breakfast, treat yourself to a bowl of Pho – a food you cannot pass when you travel to Vietnam. After that, we will begin our exploration around Hanoi.
First, we will visit some major sites: Ho Chi Minh complex, Temple of Literature, Ngoc Son temple.
Ho Chi Minh complex:
This complex includes Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh House on Stilts, and One Pillar Pagoda. Here you can find mostly groups of people who want to express their respect for Uncle Ho. Along with its astounding architecture; it is also worth visiting because of its historical importance.
Temple of Literature – Imperial Academy (Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam):
The picturesque Temple of Literature is one of the most famous tourist attractions here in Hanoi. It was built to honour Confucius along with doctorates and Vietnamese high-ranked scholars. The temple also hosts the first national university of Vietnam – the Imperial Academy (Quoc Tu Giam), hence the given name.
Ngoc Son temple:
This peaceful landmark includes The The Huc Bridge, Pen Tower (“Thap But”), the Ink-slab (“Dai Nghien”) and Ngoc Son temple. This cultural artifact is dedicated to General Tran Hung Dao (a 13th-century military commander), La To (patron saint of physicians) and the scholar La Xuong.
Then, for lunch, we will get a taste of Hanoi cuisine at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we will take a Cyclo around and journey through the Old Quarter. Here we will also sample authentic Vietnamese cuisine through street food. Banh goi, banh cuon, bun cha and egg coffee are the must-try dishes on your mini culinary tour.
Hanoi’s Old Quarter
In the late evening, we will get an insight into Vietnamese traditional art and watch a water puppet show.
Day 3: Bat Trang village and Trang An complex.
In the morning, after breakfast, we will depart for Bat Trang ceramic village. Here we will have local artisans demonstrate the pottery-making process and even participate in workshops to create your own piece of pottery. Bat Trang is also where you can shop for quality ceramic products.
Boat ride through Trang An’s grottoes
After that, we will travel through the countryside to reach Trang An landscape complex. Rowing through Trang An grottoes on a lovely boat trip in the tranquil atmosphere. This is guaranteed a worthy experience for all tourists as they explore this UNESCO world Heritage site. We will stay in a homestay in Ninh Binh overnight and dine with the locals.
Day 4: Ha Long Bay
This is a must-visit if you are planning to go on your vacation in northern Vietnam. The famous Ha Long Bay is where you experience the best of this nation. On your fourth day, you will set sail on a cruise around this UNESCO-listed gem.
Ha Long Bay
Breakfast will be served in Ninh Binh. Then, we will take a drive through the scenic countryside to get to Ha Long Bay. You will board your junk boat with your tour guide to learn about the rich landscapes with its many limestone islands while admiring its majestic, unique beauty. Lunch on board before continuing your journey. Take part in water activities on the cruise will also add to the experience.
After, we will travel back to Hanoi and you can grab yourself a cup of beer in the Old Quarter. Relax and immerse yourself in Hanoi’s bustling night-life.
Day 5: Departure
Feel free to walk around, pick up some souvenirs and take even more photos before being transferred to the airport.