Charming & Historic Ha Noi - Sun N' Sea Tours

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Ha Noi, Vietnam

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Charming & Historic Ha Noi
HOAN KIEM LAKE & NGOC SON TEMPLE
They are located in the heart of the city. Legends said that on the occasion of King Le Loi's relaxation trip by sampan on the lake after the victory over the Ming aggressors, a Golden Tortoise emerged to request him to return the holy sword given to him by the Sky God to protect the country against the enemy. This small lake is nicely bordered by age - old trees. In the extreme north is an islet accessible by a wooden bridge painted red namely The Huc. The small temple of Ngoc Son of 19th century is dedicated to General Tran Hung Dao, a hero against the Mongolians in the 13th century together with three genie: La To, the pioneer of medical career; Nguyen Van Xuong, the genie of literature; Tran Vu, the genie of martial arts. In the middle of the lake is the tortoise tower considered as the contemporary symbol of Hanoi.

PRESIDENT HO CHI MINH'S MAUSOLEUM
The mausoleum that was inaugurated in 1975 is the permanent memorial for Respected Uncle Ho, the founder of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. It is 21 m high and in Vietnamese grey marble and granite. Like a lotus flower it was erected right at the historical place of Ba Dinh where President Ho Chi Minh declared the independence for Vietnam in 1945. The mausoleum is now a place of big interest that cannot be missed. The Vietnamese always line up to visit him to show all good sentiments and respects to beloved Uncle Ho.

THE TEMPLE OF LITERATURE
Built in 1070, consecrated to Confucius and used as a school for princes, the temple of literature was considered as the first university of Vietnam in 1076. It is about 350m long and 70 m wide and surrounded by a vast wall of bricks. There are 5 yards inside. The middle entrance is for the king; one side entrance is for the civilian mandarins and the other for military ones. Behind the big door is the pavilion for poetic entertainment dated 1802. All the most educated people recited and composed poems and made literary comments. In front of the rectangular yard lined with 82 stone stelae carved with the names of the doctors of philosophy who passed the king's examination from 1498 to 1787.

THE TEMPLE OF QUAN THANH
It is located on the side of Truc Bach lake. In the 11th century Ly Thai To had it built and consecrated to Tran Vo, the genie of the North who freed the lake, according to the legend, from the terribly harmful wolf of nine tails. Tran Vo bore a Black flag and his symbols are the tortoise and snake. In the 18th century, the temple was renovated and the statue of Tran Vo was cast in bronze. This statue is 3.4m tall and 4 tons heavy, and placed inside the temple.

THE ONE PILLAR PAGODA
This is a nice square and wooden pagoda leaned on one pillar in the middle of a green lotus pond. It was constructed in 1049 and called Dien Huu. Legends said that King Ly Thai To did not have any sons. One night the Goddess of Mercy in his dream sitting on a lotus gave him a son. Later he married a young country girl and had a successor. The king thanked the Goddess of Mercy by building this pagoda in the form of a lotus.

Itinerary

Day 1

Day 1

Depart the hotel at 8.30 for the Temple of Literature. In 1076 Quoc Tu Giam - Vietnam's first university, also referred to as Van Mieu, was established within a temple to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past.
The One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 will be visited next. This structure is one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples. Close by is the mausoleum of the historic figure and father of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh (viewed from outside; closed Mon and Fri and from Oct-Nov; possibility to visit without supplement before 11.00. Order of the visit may be changed to realize this cost savings.)and the former presidents house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969. Visit his former home, which illustrates the modesty of this Vietnamese revolutionary. Continue to picturesque West Lake and the sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda.
Lunch will be had in one of the city’s finest restaurants.
In the afternoon visit the fascinating Ethnology Museum (closed on Mondays), which is both a research centre and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam.
As an alternative to the Ethnology Museum, visit the highly acclaimed Vietnam Women’s Museum (closed on Mondays). The museum is located near Hoan Kiem Lake and offers wonderful insight into the lives of Vietnamese women. Displays highlight Vietnam’s vast cultural diversity and educate on the significant role Vietnamese women play in Vietnamese society. Learn historic and modern-day traditions centered around births, weddings, motherhood, spirituality and more.
At the end of the afternoon visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter also known as the ‘36 streets’. Take a walking tour through charming Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It's a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities all around.
Finish the day with a Water Puppet show. This is a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history.
Ha Noi

Rates (per person in USD)

Accommodation 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 - 10 pax 11 pax or more
Private tour 78 64 57 51 48 45 43

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Inclusions
* Private transportation
* Cyclo for one hour
* Entrance fees
* English Speaking Guide
* 01 bottle of mineral water per person
* Lunch with Ha Noi speciality: Cha Ca La Vong
* Water puppet ticket
* VAT & Service charge
Exclusions
* Other services not mentioned
* Personal expenses.
* Tip
Remarks
* All above itinerary is flexible, depending on arrival or departure flight or weather condition at the destination
* Ground operator reserved the right to amend or adjust the itinerary to match the real situation

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