Spend the morning on a walking tour to learn about Hanoi’s unique history and culture. Visit the Northern Gate of the ancient citadel, a gargantuan fortress in the heart of the city, and the Cua Bac Church, a beautiful example of French and Catholic influence.
Stroll along leafy Phan Dinh Phung Street with its magnificent French-colonial villas on the way to the 11th century Taoist Quan Thanh Temple, one of the oldest and most culturally significant in the city.
Learn more about Hanoian culture with visits to the Chau Long Market near scenic West Lake, the historic Long Bien Railway Station located on the bridgehead of the impressive Long Bien Bridge, and Hang Than Street, the epicentre of Hanoi’s thriving wedding cake stores for insight into Vietnam’s unique wedding culture.
Along the walk, stop to sample “pho cuon”, a delicious snack similar to fresh spring rolls, before hopping aboard a pedal-powered cyclo (rickshaw), perfect for photos and slow-moving sightseeing. Sit back and relax as your driver weaves through some of the Old Quarter’s busiest streets and end the morning with lunch at a local restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: Flower Garden Hotel Hanoi (Deluxe)