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day 01

HANOI ARRIVAL

Upon arrival in Hanoi, your guide and private car will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for check-in. Vietnam’s quaint capital is a city of wide tree-lined boulevards with tranquil lakes and colonial villas and a more sedate pace than other Asian cities. Hanoi offers something for everyone and will leave you wishing that you had longer to explore this enthralling capital.

Depending on your arrival time, visit the city’s Ethnology Museum (closed on Mondays) to explore Vietnam's diverse culture through the Museum’s unique presentation of articles and dress used in daily life.

This evening, experience a Tuong performance which is a traditional form of entertainment in northern Vietnam. (Depending on the day you arrive, the performance may be a Ca Tru performance instead.) Tuong is a kind of traditional Vietnamese tragicomedy and comic opera combining song, dance and theatre into a highly entertaining hours show Ca Tru is an ancient genre of chamber music featuring female vocalists, with origins in northern Vietnam. For much of its history, it was associated with a geisha-like form of entertainment. Note: if Ca Tru or Tuong are not available on this evening a traditional water puppet performance will be seen instead.

Your dinner will be held in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter in the home of a true Hanoian who learnt her culinary skills from her grandmother who used to cook for the French elite in the 1930’s.

Overnight at your choice of hotel in Hanoi

day 02
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HANOI – DUONG LAM – TAY PHUONG – HANOI (B,L,D)

Rise early and head to Hanoi Botanical Gardens for a 40 minute Tai Chi session. Proper breathing and concentration are an integral part of the practice of any martial art and the Tai Chi taught is suitable both for those with no prior experience, and those who have already studied other martial arts.

After, head back to your hotel for breakfast before departing for today’s excursion west from Hanoi to Duong Lam village, a purely agricultural village of the Northern Red River Delta that still preserves many hundred-year-old houses. Visit Mong Phu temple in Mong Phu commune - the only hamlet whose original village entrance remains intact. Continue on through the narrow alleys to see the old laterite houses which make up this charming village. For lunch enjoy a local style meal in a 100-year old house.

After your meal, continue driving to Mia Pagoda (another hamlet of Duong Lam) built in the 15th century Some 287 statues of all sizes can be seen here including famous sculptures such as the statue of Buddha and the statues of the ‘Eight Vajra Deities’. Then, visit Ngo Quyen temple and Phung Hung temple, places dedicated to two national heroes - Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung. Lastly, on the way back to Hanoi, stop at Tay Phuong Pagoda. The pagoda offers beautiful architecture and ancient, unique sculptures. It was one of the first pagodas built in Vietnam and has magnificent dragons and demons carved into the wooden roof. From here continue back to Hanoi, a 45-minute drive.

This evening dine at a gorgeous restaurant housed in a resorted villa.

Overnight at your choice of hotel in Hanoi


day 03

HANOI – CRAFT VILLAGES (B, L)

This morning travel just outside of the busy capital city for a unique look into the traditions and cultures of rural Vietnamese communities. For centuries, the villages around Hanoi have specialized in single-commodity production, each family sharing their knowledge only within their neighborhood. This specially-designed tour takes you to some of the best of these villages to see crafts such as conical hats, bird cage making and a lovely traditional wood village.

Head back to Hanoi for lunch and in the afternoon have a visit with a traditional doctor. For several thousand years, Vietnamese Traditional Medicine has evolved under the shadows of Chinese Traditional Medicine, culture, and rule. Based in Hanoi, Dr. Huong is an expert in the traditional eastern methods of acupuncture, acupressure and Cagut Implantation in Hanoi. She has been a practitioner of “Traditional Eastern Methods” for over 20 years worldwide including France, China, Italy, North Korea and Vietnam. After, visit ‘traditional medicine street’. Your senses will come alive with the variety of traditional medicinal herbs and spices on offer. (Note: Dr Huong visit is subject to availability & it can accommodate maximum 15 people.)
Evening at leisure.

Overnight at your choice of hotel in Hanoi.

day 04

HANOI CITY TOUR (B, L)

Hanoi is fast becoming one of the most fashionable art centers in Asia. This insider tour helps you discover the intriguing people and places of the Hanoi art world. Our knowledgeable guide will take you to the most interesting and important museums and galleries as well as some quirky galleries and arty hang-outs far from the regular tourist trail. After lunch, step into the home of one of Hanoi’s most respected families. The head of the house is the Director of the National Committee on Disability in Vietnam who can trace his lineage throughout the courts of several emperors to the Gia Long era of the Nguyen Dynasty in the early 1800’s. His cosy family home in the centre of Hanoi is filled with antiques, artefacts and family photographs. (Note: this home visit is subject to availability, must be reserved two weeks in advance, has a two person minimum and can accommodate maximum 8 people).

The rest of this afternoon and evening at leisure.

Overnight at your choice of hotel in Hanoi

day 05

HANOI DEPARTURE (B)

Full day at leisure until you transfer to the airport for your next destination.

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