Hanoi's colonial capital is a unique Asian city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes, and traditional pagodas and temples. This Hanoi city half-day tour packed with historical attractions and ancient temples is exclusively designed for those who don't have much free time but still want to experience a cultural and traditional Hanoi.
Hanoi City Half-Day Tour
8:00am (0r 13:00pm) Tour guide and car from Paradise Indochina Travel pick you up at your hotels then start Hanoi city half day tour
+ Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Ba Dinh Square. It is the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh, the most iconic and popular 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).
+ The One Pillar Pagoda was built following a dream by the fatherless emperor in which the enlightened being Avalokiteshvara gave him a baby son resting on a lotus flower. Emperor Ly Thai Tong commissioned the pagoda to be created in resemblance of this lotus flower which is also the Buddhist symbol of enlightenment.
+ Temple of Literature & National University. Originally built as a university in 1070 dedicated to Confucius, scholars and sages, the building is extremely well preserved and is a superb example of traditional-style Vietnamese architecture.This ancient site offers a lake of literature, the Well of Heavenly Clarity, turtle steles, pavilions, courtyards and passageways that were once used by royalty. Visiting the Temple of Literature you will discover historic buildings from the Ly and Tran dynasties in a revered place that has seen thousands of doctors’ graduate in what has now become a memorial to education and literature.
+ The next destination of Hanoi city half day tour is Dong Xuan market, the largest wholesale market in Hanoi was built in 1889. Dong Xuan Market has long been a tourist attraction in Hanoi. Coming to Dong Xuan Market, you can find a wide range of commodities from fabric, clothing, local handicrafts, souvenirs and street foods.
+ Saint Joseph Cathedral, located at 40 Nha Chung street, is a Roman Catholic cathedral with neo- gothic style which was built about 120 years ago. In 1882, after the French army conquered Hanoi, the cathedral was constructed and completed in 1886. The cathedral and Nha Chung area were built on the land formerly belonging to Bao Thien pagoda, which was built under Ly dynasty.
+ Hanoi Train Street in Hanoi is one of the Best Things To Do to learn and explore Hanoi local life: Rather than being a normal road with car or motorbike traffic, it has actual real railway lines running through it. Homes and businesses literally open out onto the railway lines. This is also a highlight of out Hanoi city half day tour
+ Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem lake) is considered the heart of Hanoi, not only geographically but also symbolically. In fact, the more you spend time learning about the lake, the more special it becomes. The lake is not only special in her history. The lake is full of tortoise, which is second to none to be found among Vietnamese lakes.
+ The Hanoi Opera House or the Grand Opera House was erected by the French colonial administration between 1901 and 1911. Hanoi Opera House is one of three opera houses that the French built during their time in Indochina, the others are Haiphong Opera House and Municipal Theatre in Ho Chi Minh city.
At 12:00 (16:30) Hanoi city half day tour finishes and our and driver will drop you off same pickup place. Say goodbye to tour guide and driver. End of the Hanoi city half day tour
This Hanoi City Half-Day Tour is designed for time duration 4 - 5 hours. You can choose any start time for this tour from 8:00am to 2:30pm. Please contact us via email or WhatsApp +84982804399 for further support.
English speaking guide
Private transfers during trip
A light meal (special beef/chicken noddle soup)
Entry/Admission - One Pillar Pagoda
Entry/Admission - Temple of Literature & National University
Entry/Admission - Dong Xuan Market
Entry/Admission - Train Street
Tour not included