Hanoi Past and Present Tour
Board an air conditioned motor coach for the 3 hour 30 minute overland journey to Hanoi. Boasting glorious French colonial architecture and numerous lakes, Hanoi is the jewel of Vietnam's crown, a little known blend of east and west with bicycle cluttered streets and a nation of people reluctant to join the frenetic atmosphere of their southern counterpart, opting for a more reserved and relaxed way of life.
On arrival, visit Ba Dinh Square, also known as the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, where the impressive marble and granite tomb where the father of the country lies in state. Walking from the former French Governor's Residence, you will pass tranquil lotus ponds at the entrance to Ho Chi Minh's Cottage. In stark contrast to the neighbouring residence, this cottage is a simple teak building designed in harmony with the surroundings and in the style of the ethnic hill tribe homes. Ho Chi Minh's belongings, including books, radio and hat are on display and you can walk up the steps of his house to see his bedroom. Further on, you will come to the rebuilt "One Pillar Pagoda", shrouded in legendary origins.
Thereafter, visit Hoa Lo museum, known widely by the nickname "Hanoi Hilton" given to it by the Americans during the Second Indochina War. Hoa Lo Prison was originally established by the French colonial government in 1896 for the purpose of detaining political prisoners and formed part of a northern network of "unjust and cruel prisons". You can view the original cells, complete with leg-irons, along with a selection of bilingual (Vietnamese and English) displays illustrating the horrors of life in the prison during the French colonial period.
After lunch enjoy a touch of old Hanoi, very much evident today in the ancient quarter or 36 Streets district. Enjoy an electric car drive to explore the streets that were traditionally named after the tradesman that worked them - such as Tin Street, Silk street and Grilled Fish Street - before spending a little time shopping.
Thereafter rejoin your motor coach for the return overland journey through the undulating countryside to Halong.Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
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