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Hanoi: Full-Day City Tour and Water Puppet Show

1. Hanoi: Full-Day City Tour and Water Puppet Show

In the morning: 8.00 AM: The bus with the tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in the Old Quarter then transfer you to the Ho Chi Minh Complex, which includes Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum – the final resting place of the beloved national hero, Uncle Ho – and President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house where he lived off and on from 1958 to 1969. 9.30 AM: Visit the One Pillar Pagoda, which is actually a group of structures that collectively make up a pagoda built over the water in the middle of a square lake. After that, you’ll have a chance to explore the Tran Quoc Pagoda on the shore of west lake. From there, it’s onto the Temple of literature, which was Vietnam’s first university and is dedicated to Confucius. 12.30 PM: Have lunch at the restaurant in the Old Quarter. Afterwards, visit Hoan Kiem Lake - the heart and soul of Hanoi. In the afternoon: - OPTION 1: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday Stop in at museum of ethnology. This superb museum showcases the depth of Vietnamese cultural diversity with an astounding collection of 15,000 artifacts gathered from throughout Vietnam. Maps, displays and dioramas are labelled in Vietnamese, French and English. Displays portray a typical village market, the making of comical hats and a Tay shamanic ceremony; videos show the real thing. You can also check out a traditional Black Thai house reconstructed in the museum. There's also a center for research and conservation where scientists from all over the world study traditional Vietnamese cultures. Take a break to enjoy a water puppet show that demonstrates a well-loved traditional Vietnamese art form. Later, explore the Old Quarter by yourself or get a taxi back to your hotel. - OPTION 2: Monday Depart for Bat Trang ceramic village which is about 20 kilometers (about 12 miles) away from Ha Noi, this is a pottery village with a half-milleary historic development. 03.30 - 04.00 PM: Take the car come back the Old Quarter for the water puppet show. Take a break to enjoy a water puppet show that demonstrates a well-loved traditional Vietnamese art form. Later, explore the Old Quarter by yourself or get a taxi back to your hotel. Finish an unforgettable full day in Hanoi Sightseeing!

Hanoi Must-See City Full Day: Museum of Ethnology & Lunch

2. Hanoi Must-See City Full Day: Museum of Ethnology & Lunch

Your tour guide and driver will pick you up so please provide details of your hotel to confirm the pick-up service. Visit the Ho Chi Minh complex and have a chance to see the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh then walk around Ho Chi Minh garden to see the 2 houses where he lived and worked from 1954 to 1969. Visit the One Pillar Pagoda where people worship the Godess of Mercy. It is the most unique padoga in the world. Also visit either Bat Trang ceramics and pottery village or the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology depending on the day. Have lunch at a restaurant. Have an opportunity to enjoy Vietnamese cuisine including many delicious dishes. Continue to visit the Temple of Literature – the first university in Vietnam in the feudal system. See the Tran Quoc Pagoda – first built in Ha Noi in the 6th Century. You will see the oldest Bodhi Tree in Vietnam planted by Ho Chi Minh. Leave for Hoan Kiem Lake to visit Ngoc Son Temple where people worship General Tran Hung Dao who defeated the Mongolian invader in the 13th Century. After visiting the One Pillar pagoda, get to visit the Lacquer Paintings workshop – the biggest center in Ha Noi Then depending on the day, visit one of these : - Option 1 : Bat Trang ceramics and pottery village (On Mondays – Wednesdays – Fridays ) - Option 2 : Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (On Tuesdays – Thursdays – Saturdays and Sundays)

Hanoi Old Quarter & Red River Delta Cycling Tour

3. Hanoi Old Quarter & Red River Delta Cycling Tour

Discover Hanoi Old Quarter & Red River Delta 1/2 Day by Cycling (Morning tour from 8.00 am till 12pm – Afternoon tour from 1.30pm am till 5.30pm Meet up at 7:50 or 13:15 at our office at 20 Hang Muoi Street with a brief introduction of the trip as well as safety instructions on how to navigate safely through Hanoi on a bicycle, we set off towards the famous Street Murals, along the Train Street. The journey starts. On this cycling tour we furthermore take you through the most interesting parts and markets of the Old Quarter and move on towards the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum area where we will take narrow-car-free-alleys to hidden backyards so you can get a real feel of how life has been here for centuries. Cycle along beautiful tree-lined streets and take in the fresh air around the West Lake area, Tran Quoc Pagoda and Truc Bach Lake. Experience how tranquil and peaceful it is just 5-minutes from the buzzling Old Quarter of Hanoi when we cycle on narrow roads through impressive banana plantations and vegetable gardens on Banana Island that cover the fertile grounds of the Red River Delta. The noisy city suddenly seems very far away… Finish the trip while cycling back through the Old Quarter. (If you would like to have lunch with special food, you can book directly with us with price from $10 - $20 USD/person with a lot of options as Bun Cha - Barbecued pork with noodle, Fresh Spring rolls, Traditional Vietnamese Lunch...)

Historical Hanoi Private Scooter Tour with Lunch

4. Historical Hanoi Private Scooter Tour with Lunch

Explore the interesting history of the beautiful capital of Hanoi on the back of a motorbike. See the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Old Quarter, French historical museum, Vietnamese Women’s Museum, Temple of Literature, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and The West Lake. After pick-up by your driver-guide from your hotel, the first destination is a local coffee shop where you will enjoy unique egg coffee, a specialty of Hanoi, while you discuss the tour program. Start the tour by visiting a local market in Hanoi. Exploring the market is an exciting way to understand the culture. Continue the tour by visiting the Temple Of Literature to learn about how education in Vietnam worked from the past until now. The next attraction is the Vietnamese Women’s Museum, a wonderful place to learn about the history of women in Vietnam.  After that, it is already noon so take a break at one of the best vegan restaurants in Hanoi and learn all about Vietnamese vegan cuisine. After the wonderful meal, your last visit is to Long Bien bridge which is a historic cantilever bridge across the Red River that connects two districts, Hoan Kiem and Long Bien.

Hanoi: City Highlights Tour with Transfer and Lunch

5. Hanoi: City Highlights Tour with Transfer and Lunch

8h00 – 8h30: We pick you up at your hotel. We start to visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, including Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum - the final resting place of Vietnamese great father or Uncle Ho, President Ho Chi Minh's stilt house - where Uncle Ho lived and worked from 1958 to 1969, then visit Ho Chi Minh Museum where tourists will learn about his devotion for Viet Nam. 10h30 : We continue our trip to Tran Quoc pagoda, Budhist relics and national heritage, lying on one side of West Lake. 11h00 : Then we’ll proceed to visit one of these : Option 1 : Bat Trang Ceramics & Pottery Village ( On Mondays – Fridays ) Option 2 : Vietnam Museum of Ethnology ( On Tuesdays – Wednesday - Thursdays – Saturdays – Sundays ) 12h30 : Have lunch at a local restaurant. 13h30 – 13h45 : Continue to visit Temple of Literature – The first university in Vietnam. 15h30 : Leaving for Hoan Kiem Lake to visit Ngoc Son Temple where worships General Tran Hung Dao – The most talented general of Vietnam in the ancient time. 16h30 : The Trip end ! Back to Hotel

Hanoi: Full-Day City Tour w/ Cyclo Ride & Water Puppet Show

6. Hanoi: Full-Day City Tour w/ Cyclo Ride & Water Puppet Show

You will be picked up at your hotel and then set out to visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to explore the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-place. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 - the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Afterwards, you will continue on to the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda at West Lake (one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam). Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, proceed to visit the Ethnology Museum (applies on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays), the Literature Temple, and Quoc Tu Giam. See Vietnam’s first university, constructed in 1070 - its gardens and well-preserved architecture will offer you a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Go past Hoan Kiem Lake to see the peaceful water and the beauty of Ngoc Son temple. At the end of the tour, you will watch a Water Puppet show - a traditional performance that dates back as far as the 11th Century in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam.

Private Jeep Tour: Ethnology Museum & Kumquat Village

7. Private Jeep Tour: Ethnology Museum & Kumquat Village

The jeep will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the Museum of Ethnology. The Ethnology Museum gives an excellent overview of the country's ethnic groups, their customs and ways of life. The highlight here is the large, beautiful outdoor area featuring genuine houses and compounds as built and used by the many different ethnic groups. Following the museum, you will be driven to the West Lake – the largest lake in Hanoi with many religious monuments built along its bank. The relaxing drive will bring you closer to the daily life of the locals. From the lake, you will head to Tu Lien – where the local people are well-known for their traditional profession of cultivating kumquat and cherry blossom for lunar new year. For lunch, you will eat at a famous local restaurant that not only offers you good food but also a great view of the West Lake. After lunch, you will be dropped off at your chosen place.

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What people are saying about Museum of Ethnology, Vietnam

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 45 reviews

Everything you need to know about Hanoi's main landmarks. Guide explained everything about the city and about the Viet culture including a lot of random unrelated wuestion that came from my tour colleagues. The next day even though we wanted to visit any other landmarks by ourselves ..we realised that the tour covered everything important so there were no other objectives left for us to visit which we haven't already seen. The puppet show was a nice finish to the tour and I have considered it some sort of conclusion for all you witnessed and learned during the tour.

The participants were from Russia, Georgia, the United States, France, India and I, Japan, etc. I enjoyed talking internationally, enjoying lunch (very delicious) and enjoying the chat. The English of the participants was very natural and I realized the importance of English again.

Very good lunch. Lots of places. The really nice extra is puppet show. We had only one day in Hanoi and it was really good tour to see important buildings.

Pleasant day in really beautiful places. Excursion organized very well, excellent and nice guide.

Great way to cover most of Hanoi in a day, and see the sights