Skip your Hotel breakfast today and join your guide for a local breakfast and sample local coffee while you touring the Old Quarter in the morning. Hanoi is buzzing with color, sound and taste and its very best time to explore the city is in the early morning when the local hurriedly catching up with the day before their office time at 8:30AM. Walk to the central lake, located at the heart of the city, Hoan Kiem Lake is a historical site and one of the symbols of Hanoi, with Tortoise Tower and Ngoc Son Temple on the lake’s two islands.
Next is a visit to the Temple of Literature, dedicated to Confucius, built in the 11th century. It was the first university in Vietnam and students still come here to burn incense. You will find a peaceful atmosphere tinged with incense smoke, and sunken lotus ponds populated by fish and turtles.
From Van Mieu, walk the street of Hanoi to the nearby park where you will visit 3 iconic of Hanoi standing next together.
One is the open space for the Lenin Statue, a reminder of the Communist past of Vietnam standing opposite to Hanoi flag tower. French colonial destroyed most of the construction in the Imperial Citadel, and Flag Tower is one of rare architecture works which still remain today. Get to the top, you will gain a great view of the city.
The Vietnam Military History Museum Hanoi, also known as the Army Museum, houses an extensive collection of weaponry that was used throughout Vietnam’s war-filled history. Notable attractions lay open air is the wreckage of an American B-52 bomber, an M107 self-propelled gun, and a military tank that had ploughed through the gates of Saigon’s Presidential Palace, thus ending the Vietnam War in 1975.
For lunch, you sample the significant meal of Hanoi: Bun Cha at a local restaurant follow by a tea session.
Transfer back to hotel to relax at your leisure for the rest of today.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hanoi Boutique Hotel – Deluxe Room