This morning city tour will have you drive to Ho Chi Minh's complex, including the mausoleum of the nation's founder and leader. Here, large crowds gather to pay their respects to the man they simply call “Uncle Ho” as they silently file past his glass sarcophagus. The Presidential Palace and Uncle Ho's wooden stilt house can also be seen here. One of the must-see places in the complex is the One Pillar pagoda built in 11th century - its look resembles a lotus blossom, symbol of purity, rising out of a sea of sorrow. Next stop is the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's oldest university and dedicated to one of the world's most famous scholars, Confucius. Inside the temple grounds, huge stele rest on the backs of even larger stone turtles (in Vietnam's culture, the turtle represents longevity). Then, visit Museum of Ethnology – one of the must-visit destinations in Hanoi, which gives an insight into Vietnam's diverse culture of the 54 ethnic groups.
In the late afternoon, go to a local market to witness the locals trading and buy typical ingredients for a special cooking class with local’s family. After watching some local dishes cooking demonstration, cook them yourself with the help from the hospitable hosts and enjoy together in a cozy atmosphere. You will have the chance to learn how the local enjoy their dinner, what their kitchen looks like, and also witness some customs during the meal: the children need to invite the elders before eating and after finishing meal, how to use chopsticks in the traditional manner, and how to put chopsticks to express that you have finished eating. Through all of that, you will clearly see the difference between Western and Eastern dining etiquette.
After meal, have a warm talk with the host before heading back to hotel. Overnight in Hanoi