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Hanoi, located in the north, is the capital of Vietnam, and the second largest city after Saigon. Hanoi has a traditional and refined air, with French colonial architecture, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes. No trip to Vietnam is complete without touring the historical monuments and museums located throughout the city and the bustling Old Quarter. Additionally, Hanoi is the departure point for the highly recommended destinations of Halong Bay and Sapa.
Our “Simply” itineraries are perfect add-ons to your holiday. Discuss options with our Asia Travel Experts.
You will meet your guide on arrival, transfer and check-in to your hotel. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Hanoi, answer any questions you have, and make arrangements for the following day. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the first day.
Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital city and home to seven million people. Traditional and refined, with French colonial architecture, tree-lined boulevards, scenic lakes and a bustling Old Quarter, Hanoi has a sophisticated charm. Observe elderly people practicing Tai Chi by the lake, with barbers and food vendors plying their sidewalk trade.
Hanoi has many great restaurants with French, Vietnamese and international cuisines available. Ask your guide for personal recommendations.
Itinerary Option: If you’re arriving to Hanoi in the morning, discuss additional day 1 activities with our staff.
Accompanied by your guide, the day starts with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite, where the preserved body of “Uncle Ho” resides. See the lotus shaped One Pillar Pagoda which rests on a single stone pillar emerging from the water, and then explore the Temple of Literature, the first University for the sons of mandarins, to gain an overview of Hanoi culture and ancient Vietnamese architecture.
In the afternoon, visit the Museum of Ethnology offering a fascinating insight into Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority groups. Enjoy a walking tour through the bustling Old Quarter before ending the day with a show at the water puppet theatre – a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes of rural life and episodes of national history.
Itinerary Option: Your Guided tour can include alternate attractions like the Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton) and/or the Fine Arts Museum. Our staff can provide advice based upon your interests.
Situated in Ninh Binh province is the ancient capital of Hoa Lu. This was the first centralised feudal state in Vietnam at the end of the 10th century. The temples of King Dinh and King Le still stand to this day amongst the rice paddies, and offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s ancient past.
Continue with your guide to Van Long Nature Reserve, known as Halong Bay on land, the largest wetland reserve of northern Vietnam and an area of astounding natural beauty. Marvel at ancient pagodas clinging to the rock formations as you meander by boat along the river, passing under rocky outcrops and through limestone caves. Look out for the rare Delacour’s Langur and Bonelli’s eagle which breeds in this region.
Return to Hanoi in the late afternoon.
Enjoy free time until your guide collects you for your departure transfer.
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Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us. Upgrades are available for this itinerary.
Visa for Vietnam
When obtaining your visa you should allow 2-3 weeks for processing, the cost is approximately US$60 to US$100. Check with your embassy or consulate for further details. The Vietnamese Embassy in Edgecliff, Sydney has been known to issue a visa in 4 working days if all the correct documents are submitted at the time of application.
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"Our guide Hong was lovely and introduced us to some great local tastes. The scenery was absolutely stunning and I highly recommend the itinerary we took. Driving is not for faint hearted and very adventurous area. We had an amazing time as well as our other self planned stops in Bai Tu Long Bay and Tam Coc. Thanks for putting it all together. We would certainly consider using Get About Asia in the future. " — Sonia, Sunshine Coast, October 2017
"The trip was fantastic and we had great weather. The guides were lovely. La Siesta Hanoi - "Extremely comfortable bed. Great buffet breakfast. Perfect location. We had the two floor family room with a spiral staircase connecting the rooms. The amenities were great and the staff friendly. Thanks for a lovely stay." Overall we loved Vietnam. " — Walker Family, Sydney, September 2017
"A massive thanks to Darren and the team for putting together such an amazing Vietnam trip! Our itinerary took us to beaches, cities, mountains and bays, all of which were provided by professional, local staff who all went out of their way to look after us. I couldn't have had a better experience in such a beautiful country. Cám Ơn to all involved!" — Matt, Sydney, NSW, August, 2013