Ho Chi Minh Complex – Hoa Lo Prison – Ethnology Museum – Try local drink in hidden coffee shop – Explore Old Quarter on Cyclo Ride - Water Puppet Show
Around 08.00 Am, our private car and tour guide pick you up at your hotel. We will start your full day city tour by visiting Ho Chi Minh Complex including of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, Presidential Palace (Outside Only). The tour in Ho Chi Minh complex provides tourist a clear understanding about the hero of Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh and Vietnam's modern history. Transfer to Hoa Lo Prison, built by the French administration in 1896. The prison originally intended to hold around 450 prisoners, by the 1930s the number of detainees had soared to almost 2,000. During the Vietnam War, Hoa Lo Prison achieved notoriety as a place of incarceration for US pilots, who ironically nicknamed it the Hanoi Hilton. Nowadays Hoa Lo is attractive destinations to tourists who want to learn more about Vietnam history and Vietnamese during wartime.
Enjoy delicious Vietnamese set menu lunch at one of the best restaurant in Hanoi – the Luxury Home Vietnamese Restaurant (http://www.homerestaurant.vn) or Viet Deli restaurant. After the lunch, we will then visit Museum of Ethnology, one of four the best museum in Asia. Occupying a modern structure, the terrific collection here features well-presented tribal art, artifacts and everyday objects gathered from across the nation. In the museum, tourist exploring Vietnam’s diversity culture and life style of 54 ethnic groups, walking in houses on still of ethnic people to experience their life style or traditional ritual. (You can choose alternative destination as following options: Women Museum/ Museum of Vietnamese History / Military Museum/ Art Museum).
We will then visit Hoan Kiem Lake, the heart and soul of Hanoi, listen to the legend of the lake and learn more about history of the city. Our guide will then take you to a local coffee shop that is well hidden and only local people know. Visit the coffee shop and enjoy the famous “Café sua da” or legendary “Egg coffee” with a beautiful lake view. Exploring the busy Old Quarter on Cyclo, paddled by locals, and you can observe the unique local lifestyle and understand better Vietnamese culture. We will walk shortly to Thang Long Theater and enjoy Vietnamese traditional art performance of Water Puppet Show. This is a Vietnamese tradition art show reflecting local lifestyle and history through puppet performance. Transfer back to your hotel.