Early wake up and do a walking tour around Hoan Kiem Lake to see a quiet, fresh and peaceful Hanoi before the city wake up to its busy life.
Hanoi once has been known as the most peaceful city of the country before the invasion of those noisy motorbikes and autos. Nowadays, only in the early morning can you live again the once-upon-a-time Hanoi with old people practicing Tai – Chi and the young doing exercises around the lake, and some vehicles bringing goods from outskirts to local retail markets within the city. Time seems to be standing still at that moment.
We will join an open-air Laughing Yoga club next to the lake, take some morning physical exercises and laugh out loud with everybody. Not only SEE and HEAR people laughing, you will actually be one of them when holding hands with the friendly Hanoians and laugh out loud together. You might think you already know this city for your whole life.
It’s time to activate your SCENT and TASTE with one of the most yummy breakfast in the world – “Phở” ( Vietnamese noodle) ! Hop in a local Phở restaurant in the Old Quarter and take a big bowl with beef or chicken, herbs and lemon.
Explore the Old Quarter, a place you must see to experience Hanoi, where you will find shopping/ economical/commercial and cultural/historical sites all wrapped into one. The final stop for the morning tour is an ancient house hidden in the middle of the Old Quarter. Hardly anybody can find it, except few those who truly understand Hanoi. The host will introduce you to their cozy home as everyone chatting and enjoying local Lotus tea. Surely you would never expect such a morning to end in any other way.
Mid-morning, free time to lay down and recharge your energy or chill in a tea shop before heading to another side of the city in the afternoon.
This afternoon, enjoy a visit to the Temple of Literature dedicated to Confucius which was built in the 11th century. Being the first university of Vietnam, the Temple of Literature now is still the place for students to visit and burn incense to wish for success in their study. You will find here a peaceful atmosphere tinged with incense smoke, and sunken lotus ponds populated by fish and turtles.
Head out to Ba Dinh Square and visit President Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum (outside) and house-on-stilt and the nearby One Pillar Pagoda.
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