Just a note (my clients) had an amazing time absolutely loved it and loved their guide, they got a lot of rain but had a fab time so thanks for everything!
Local English-Speaking Guide
Experience the key historical sights of Hanoi, many of which are national treasures. Explore the history of the former leader, Ho Chi Minh, and the cultural connection with times past. A glimpse into Hanoi’s history on this half-day tour will offer you a deeper understanding of Vietnam’s recent history and the man who shaped it. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the great leader was laid to rest, admire the stunning One Pillar Pagoda and see the simple house Ho Chi Minh made as his home and led the country from. Continue to explore Vietnam’s first University, a beautiful place dedicated to Confucius and originally built in 1070.
Why choose this tour?
Explore Hanoi’s most iconic historical sights
Travel in modern air-conditioned comfort
Includes entrance fees
Must-do for first time visitors to Hanoi
$72 per person
Daily at 8 AM
Collection from selected central city hotels, 15 minutes prior to the start time
Half day (4-5 hours)
- Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel
- All entrance fees
What to Bring
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Comfortable and modest clothing (i.e., no shorts above the knee or tank tops)
About the Guide
Local, English-speaking guide
Overview of Your Tour
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
After picking everyone up, the tour begins with a visit to Ba Dinh Square to see the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an impressive granite building housing the former leader. Here, President Ho declared Vietnam an independent state on September 2, 1945. Many Vietnamese plan a pilgrimage to pay their respects to this great leader.
You’ll also see the impressive One Pillar Pagoda and the house where Ho Chi Minh preferred to live simply, away from the Presidential Palace.
Note: Entrance to the mausoleum is not allowed on Mondays, Fridays and certain times of the year. On these days, we will admire the structure from outside.
Temple of Literature
Continuing on our to the Temple of Literature: Vietnam’s first university, built in 1070 at the time of Emperor LýThánhTông. One of several temples in Vietnam dedicated to philosopher Confucius, this ancient site showcases turtle steles, pavilions, courtyards, and passageways that were once used by royalty. While visiting the Temple of Literature, you will discover historic buildings from the Ly and Tran dynasties in a revered place that has seen thousands graduate in what is now a memorial to education and literature. Upon concluding the tour, we will drop you off either in the heart of Hanoi’s old quarter or back at your hotel, whichever you prefer.
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We would certainly recommend to our friends to do an Active Asia tour, excellently organised and no worries from a traveller’s point of view.
Honestly the best guide ever – in all the world. Hoang (guide) was like travelling with a friend.
Our trip has been an amazing experience for two ladies who have never done anything like this before. Excellent.
The guides & drivers were exemplary, polite, on time and understanding of our needs. Certainly, no language difficulties. They were truly amazing.