Explore Hanoi's historical attractions, like the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Presidential Palace. Visit the One Pillar Pagoda and Temple of Literature before enjoying views of Hoan Kiem Lake and relishing a delicious bowl of pho.
Begin your morning with hotel pickup and head to your first stop, the Ho Chi Minh Complex in Ba Dinh Square. Here, see the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, made of marble and granite in honor of the founder of unified Vietnam.
Afterward, stroll by Ho Chi Minh's residence, a traditional wood-tiled house on stilts. Enjoy the old architectural designs illustrating the simplicity and modesty of the leader's life. Than pass by the ancient One Pillar Pagoda, built in 1049 AD under the Ly Dynasty, and stop by the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam.
Finally, head to scenic Hoan Kiem Lake, a symbol of Hanoi. The lake is a popular place for locals and tourists alike. Having worked up an appetite, relish a delicious hot bowl of pho bo—authentic Vietnamese beef noodles—before returning to your hotel.