As the day dawns, see a community come to life with a stroll around Hanoi's vibrant Old Quarter. Your guide provides intriguing facts and stories as you walk past historical sites. After a refreshing lakeside amble, enjoy a typical local breakfast in a charming café.
Explore the beating heart of Hanoi, the Old Quarter, also known as "36 Streets." It is a close-knit community of people living in towering rows of houses, packed close together along narrow lanes. Witness residents and shopkeepers preparing for the day as your guide gives narrative on aspects of local life.
This part of town is also famous for St. Joseph's Cathedral. Admire its Gothic exterior and note its similarities with the world-renowned Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Morning exercise is a popular pastime, and the shores of Hoan Kiem Lake provide a calm and almost spiritual place for people to run, practice mind and body exercises, and even dance.
Having worked up an appetite, enjoy a delightful breakfast featuring Vietnamese cuisine like noodle soup or steamed rice-paper pancake with coffee or iced green tea.