HANOI FREE AND EASY 4 DAYS

  • DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVE

    Upon arrival in Hanoi ‘s Noi Bai International airport, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. Free. At leisure or you can take a cyclo ride to get first impression of Hanoi with last stop for dinner at one of the French colonial villas which have been converted into gourmet restaurants.  Also, you may wish to attend a traditional water puppet performance before retiring for the evening.

    Overnight in Hanoi Old Quarter.

    DAY 2: HANOI FREE & EASY (B)

    Free & Easy to visit around Hanoi by yourself.
    17.00,
     We start our excellent street food walking tour at your hotel in the old quarter of Hanoi along the perimeter of the market, dozens of street hawkers sell a staggering variety of produce from live seafood to exotic fruits and spices. Your expert English-speaking local guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. We eat as we go, trying seasonal fruits and sampling a tasty French-inspired snack from a street cart.
    Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, we tempt our tastebuds with the famed Hanoi dish such as Bun Cha Hanoi, Banh Cuon at a local eatery. Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate for you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, we wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe local life that has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago.
    Our next two snack stops are at outdoor barbeque stalls. We sit down with the Hanoi locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bread specialties that are flame grilled over hot coals for extra flavour. It’s then time for dessert as we venture down a small alley to join in the local tradition of feasting on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk – this speciality is one not to be missed!
    Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden street food restaurant to taste top ten street foods in Hanoi is Banh My HanoiVietnamese Rice Wine and famous Egg Coffee. This hard-to-find café is one of the few left in the narrow street inside the old quarter of Hanoi. Or, if coffee is not your style, a cold beer awaits!. At the end of the trip you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist  you with directions or a taxi back to your hotel.

    Overnight in Hanoi Old Quarter.

    DAY 3: HANOI CITY TOUR (B/L)

    07.45 – 08.30: Get picked up by our tour guide and bus. After short drive, start visiting first place named Tran Quoc Pagoda, a Buddhist relic and national heritage lying on the West Lake.

    09.00: Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the final resting place of Vietnam’s greatest father, walking along Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house where he lived and worked from 1958 to 1969.

    10.00: Visit One-Pillar Pagoda – the one modeled after a lotus flower, a symbol of Hanoi city.

    11.00: Visit the colorful features of the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam in the Ethnology Museum.

    13.00: Bus takes you to a local restaurant in Hanoi Old Quarter, have a rest and enjoy the lunch.

    14.00: Visit Temple of Literature, the most famous temple situated in Hanoi, also functioned as Vietnam’s first university. It was first constructed in 1070 under King Ly Nhan Tong and dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars. A vast structure that has existed to present day.

    15.30: Drive to legendary Hoan Kiem Lake, visit Ngoc Son Temple dedicated to Van Xuong saint and former general commander Tran Hung Dao for his struggle against Mongolians. You also see the beautiful Vietnamese and French architecture around the lake.

    16.00: Arrive back to your hotel. Tour ends.

    Overnight in Hanoi Old Quarter.

    DAY 4: HANOI DEPARTURE (B)

    There are no activities planned for your final day, so you can unwind and plan for the next leg of your journey or opt to take in even more of the city’s offerings before being escorted to the airport for your onward flight.