Today, you will visit 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 he spent his whole life fighting for our freedom. 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 dating back to the 11th century.
The next stop is the Temple of Literature, the site of Vietnam's oldest university and dedicated to one of the world's most famous scholars, Confucius. Inside the temple grounds, huge steles rest on the backs of even larger stone turtles (in Vietnam's culture, the turtle represents longevity). The stele recorded the names of the successful candidates who later became mandarins in the emperor’s court.
You also will visit the Museum of Ethnology where you will learn more about our people, culture and custom and our history.
Then you will be taken in a 45 minutes cyclo tour to see Hanoi ‘s Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake.
You will then enjoy a water puppet show that one should not miss while visiting Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Note: Ho Chi Minh mausoleum is closed on Monday and Friday. Most of museums are closed on Monday so there will be alternative options if you depart on Monday or Friday.