5 days, 4 nights
This five-day tour delves deep into Hanoi’s rich culture and history, with visits to some of the city’s top attractions as well as jaunts into the surrounding countryside to get a glimpse into rural life. We learn about hill tribe life with a trip to the Ethnology Museum and soak up traditional culture at a traditional water puppet show, enjoy Tai Chi at one of Hanoi’s oldest temples and visit the ancient villages of Son Tay and Duong Lam. We explore Hanoi’s rich handicraft history with visits to artisan communities before meeting a traditional medicine practitioner to learn more about the herbs and spices used in alternative treatments.
Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will drive to your accommodation for check-in before starting this jam-packed five-day exploration of Hanoi and the surrounding area. Depending on your arrival time, we will visit the Ethnology Museum to learn about Vietnam's diverse culture and ethnic groups. The informative museum offers an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups that call the country home and features the traditional costumes of each tribe, as well as details of their traditions and customs. In the evening, we will get a dose of traditional culture performance. The water puppet show originates in Hanoi’s rice fields in the 11th century when the paddies were flooded and villagers would wade waist-deep into the water to perform with puppets as a form of entertainment. You can then enjoy dinner in the heart of Hanoi's Old Quarter at the home of a Hanoian culinary expert.
We wake early for a soothing sunrise Tai Chi session led by an acclaimed master at one of Hanoi’s oldest temples. Feeling energised for the day, we return to the hotel for breakfast before heading out of the city to the ancient sites of Son Tay and Duong Lam, where we enjoy a feast of local food at a century-old house. In the afternoon we drive through sublime countryside to explore a smattering of famous temple sites, including Mia Pagoda and its intricate architecture, and the tombs of King Ngo Quyen and King Phung Hung. On our drive back to Hanoi, we stop at ancient Tay Phuong Pagoda which is comprised of three single-level structures built on the slopes of a hill that are said to resemble a buffalo. Dinner is at a restaurant in a delightful converted villa.
After breakfast at the hotel, we leave the city behind and head to Hanoi’s rural outskirts to learn about the area’s rich handicraft history. We stop at various artisan communities to watch them carrying out their crafts using traditional techniques before heading back to Hanoi for a tasty lunch at a local restaurant. We spend the afternoon learning about traditional medicine, starting with a visit to a renowned practitioner and traditional medicine expert who will share the secrets of his practice with us. We then take a stroll down traditional ‘medicine street’ to browse the fragrant and colourful range of herbs and spices on sale. The Vietnamese have practiced traditional medicine for centuries, using varying combinations of herbs and remedies. It is regarded a mainstream form of medicine in Vietnam. You then have the evening to spend at leisure.
After breakfast at the hotel, we start our exploration of creative Hanoi. The city is bursting with a wave of fresh artists who are carving a contemporary space for themselves in the city’s rich artistic history. We spend the morning taking part in an insider’s tour of Hanoi’s vibrant art scene. Led by a knowledgeable guide, we will explore the capital’s quirkiest galleries and creative enclaves, as well as popular artist hang-outs and treasured hidden spots. We enjoy a delicious lunch feasting on one of Hanoians’ best-loved dishes – grilled fish with vermicelli – before spending the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. Walk off your lunch with a stroll through the Old Quarter, stopping to enjoy a Vietnamese coffee, visit the many temples that dot the city, snap up last-minute souvenirs at the market or relax in your room.
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, you have the rest of the day at your leisure before driving to Noi Bai Airport for your onward flight, bringing this five-day exploration of Hanoi’s rich culture to an end.
5 days, 4 nights
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