Private City tour including lunch Below you will find a list of some of the place’s you will visit during your private Hanoi city tour. If you have any other specific place that you wish to visit that is not on the list below, please inform us, and we will gladly adjust your private tour to suit your requirements
Adventure Indochina Travel’s private car, and your guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Hanoi at 8.45am Below you will find a list of some of the place’s you will visit during your private Hanoi city tour. If you have any other specific place that you wish to visit that is not on the list below, please inform us, and we will gladly adjust your private tour to suit your requirement
Bat Trang ceramic village
Which was formed in 14th century, located near by the Red River which is close to Hanoi city. Bat Trang became the centre of ceramic making because of the rich deposition of white clay. Whether you're a browsing amateur art lover or a researching art historian, this visit will give you a comprehensive overview of 700 years of Vietnamese ceramic masterpieces.
Tran Quoc Pagoda & West lake
Tran Quoc Pagoda, is the oldest Pagoda of its kind in Hanoi.Dating back to the 6th century during the reign of Emperor Ly Nam De Dynasty (544 - 548). (Those of you who have visited Ninh Binh may be familiar with the history behind both the Ly and De Dynasty.) This Buddhist shrine has undergone several changes over the years. It was renamed from An Quoc to Tran Quoc by Emperor Le Huy Tong in the 17th century. Although it’s now set on an islet within West Lake, the pagoda was originally located on banks of Red River before it was relocated in 1615 due to the river’s encroachment.
Ho Chi Minh complex
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Ba Dinh Square is one of the most visited attractions in Hanoi. It is the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh, the iconic leader of Vietnam, known to his people as ‘Uncle Ho’. His body is preserved here in a glass case at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in central Hanoi (albeit against his wishes). For visitors, a trip to Uncle Ho’s final resting place can be an extraordinary experience as it is not just an average attraction; it’s a part of a unique history. Construction of the mausoleum started 1973, and it was modelled on Lenin's mausoleum in Russia and was first open to the public in 1975. No shorts, sleeveless shirts, and bare shoulders are allowed, visitors have to deposit their bags and cameras entering. (The Mausoleum is closed for a minimum of 6 weeks, from the beginning of October, and is also closed Monday’s, and Friday’s) Lunch at a local restaurant (Vegetarian option available, as always)
Temple of Literature
One of Hanoi’s most picturesque tourist attractions. The Temple of Literature or Temple of Culture is a temple dedicated Confucius. The temple hosts the Imperial Academy, Vietnam’s first national university. The temple was built in 1070 at the time of Emperor Lý Thánh Tông. It is one of several temples in Vietnam which are dedicated to Confucius. The temple is located to the south of the Imperial Citadel of Thăng Long. The various pavilions, halls, statues and stelae of doctors are places where offering ceremonies, study sessions and is where the strict exams of the Đại Việt took place. The temple is featured on the back of the 100,000 Vietnamese Dong banknote. Just before the Vietnamese New Year Tet celebrations Calligraphists will assemble outside the temple and write wishes in Han characters. Theses art works are given away as gifts or are used as home decorations for special occasions The building is extremely well preserved and is a fine example of traditional-style Vietnamese architecture. Both students and their parents visit here in the hope of increasing their chances of passing exam’s with flying colours.
Hoa Lo Prison.
The name Hoa Lo can be roughly translated as "fiery furnace" The name originated from the street name Pho Hoa Lo, due to the concentration of stores selling wood stoves and coal-fire stoves along the street from pre-colonial times. The prison was built between 1886 to 1901 by the French, when Vietnam was still part of French Indochina. The French called the prison Maison Centrale-Central House', which is still the designated name of prisons for dangerous and/or long sentence detainees in France. It was located near Hanoi's French Quarter. It was intended to hold Vietnamese prisoners, particularly political prisoners agitating for independence who were often subject to torture and execution. A renovation in 1913 expanded its capacity from 460 inmates to 600. It was nevertheless often overcrowded, holding some 730 prisoners on a given day in 1916, a figure which rose to 895 in 1922 and 1,430 in 1933. By 1954 it held more than 2000 people. Many if not all of its inmates were held in subhuman conditions. The prison had become a symbol of colonialist exploitation and of the bitterness of the Vietnamese towards the French. Many of the future leading figures in Communist North Vietnam spent time in Maison Centrale during the 1930s and 1940s. During the Vietnam War, many captured U S, bomber, and fighter pilots were sent to Hoa Lo. The best known being the Republican Presidential nominee John McCain who recently passed away. The prison complex was sarcastically nicknamed the "Hanoi Hilton" by the American POWs, in reference to the well-known Hilton Hotel chain.
Hoan Kiem Lake
Which is a fresh water lake, measuring some 12 ha in the historical centre of Hanoi According to the legend, in early 1428, Emperor Le Loi was boating on the lake when a Golden Turtle God (Kim Qui) surfaced and asked for his magic sword, Heaven's Will. Loi L concluded that Kim Qui had come to reclaim the sword that its master, a local God, the Dragon King (Long Vương) had given Loi sometime earlier, during his revolt against Ming China. Later, the Emperor gave the sword back to the turtle after he finished fighting off the Chinese. Emperor Loi renamed the lake to commemorate this event, from its former name Luc Thuy meaning "Green Water”. The Turtle Tower standing on a small island near the centre of lake is also linked to the legend.
The Huc Bridge
Large soft-shell turtles, either have been sighted in the lake for many years. The last known individual was found dead on January 19, 2016. There are supposedly three remaining turtles left in the lake.
Hanoi Opera House
Is modelled on the Palais Garnier, the older of Paris's two opera houses, and is considered to be one of the finest architectural landmarks in Hanoi. After the departure of the French the opera house became the scene for several political events, as well as the scene of street fighting during the fight for Hanoi. The National Ballet is also part of the Opera House company, and stages Western classics such as Swan Lake as well as traditional and modern Vietnamese dance productions. After the completion of your private tour you will be transported safely back to your hotel in HanoiLess