Dive in to the sights, sounds and smells of Hanoi. Our tour starts with a pick up from your centrally located hotel between 08.00 and 08.30am and then, with your local guide we visit to the Ho Chi Minh complex on the site where he declared Vietnam's independence in 1945. Continuing on our journey through Hanoi we drive to the Temple of Literature. After a visit of the Temple of Literature, we are heading to a special local restaurant for lunch, where you can taste the real Vietnamese lunch in Hanoi Old Quarter.
In the early afternoon, you visit the Museum of Ethnology, to learn more about the cultural diversity of Vietnam's ethnic minorities. Established by the Vietnamese government in 1997, the museum provides us with a fascinating insight into the diverse cultures, customs and lifestyles of the 54 ethnic groups that inhabit Vietnam.
We finish the day with a walking tour of Hanoi's hectic old quarter. See how Hanoians live out their lives on the streets, sitting & eating together on the sidewalks and bartering for wares. Visit the local Hang Be or Dong Xuan local markets, before finishing with refreshments at a bia hoi where you have the opportunity to swap stories with local people eager to practise their language skills.
Overnight: 2 Star Tourist Class Hotel or 3 Star Tourist Class Hotel or 4 star Tourist Class Hotel
We start our day bright and early with a morning walk to Hoan Kiem Lake (or "Lake of the Restored Sword") to experience early morning Hanoi. Today the lake is a gathering place for the residence of Hanoi doing their morning exercise. For those wanting to interact we can join in on the morning activities such as tai chi. After an energetic start to the day we enjoy a traditional local breakfast real flavour of Pho followed by a Vietnamese coffee at a roof top cafe in Hanoi's old quarter overlooking the Hoan Kiem Lake.
Our local guide will then take us to a family run Vietnamese restaurant for a cooking class where the chef will introduce a traditional Vietnamese kitchen and the finer points of cooking local food. Our first step in our cooking school is a walk to Hang Be food market to learn about Vietnamese cooking ingredients, from hot chilli to fresh vegetables and meats.
Once back at the restaurant our chef, with the help of our local guide, will teach us to cook a number of special Vietnamese dishes. We will learn skills to take home with us to impress our friends. Following our lesson we sit down to a feast. After lunch, you have free time to explore the city, shop, or relax on your own. Your Hanoi City Experience adventures ends after lunch (around 12:30pm).