Hanoi – City highlights (Breakfast)
The day starts with visit to the complex dedicated to Ho Chi Minh, the nation’s founder, containing Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, and his house on stilts. This complex also comprises the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. Visit Tran Quoc Pagoda- Hanoi’s oldest pagoda on the bank of West Lake.
After your lunch, visit Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam, the Temple of Literature & Vietnam’s first university, constructed in 11th century, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam's past.
You then take a cyclo (rickshaws) ride around the Old Quarter streets which were named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. Stop at Hoan Kiem Lake for photos.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Note: Shorts and tank tops are not allowed in Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum & pagodas.
- Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed on Mons & Fri afternoon.
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SECRET OF PHO
Pho, Vietnam’s national dish, is a noodle soup served in a large bowl eaten everywhere in Vietnam at any time of day but this evening, you will sample Pho in assorted dishes and drink. Be ready for a new experience awaiting your discovery.
Pho cuon (Pho rolls) is basically a thicker rice noodle sheet, with sauteed beef, herbs and lettuce wrapped into a roll and dipped in sweetened fish sauce. Pho chien phong (fried Pho noodle) is square sheets of rice noodle, fried and added with fried beef & green broccoli onto the dish. The crunchiness of the noodles, the richness of beef, the sweet broccoli and the tasty sauce make Pho chien phong (fried Pho noodle) a completely different experience.
Pho xao (stir fry Pho) or Pho tron (Pho in a sweetened & sour fish sauce) offer 2 additional choices for your sampling.
What list of Vietnamese cuisine would be complete without Pho? A bowl of Pho consists of beef or chicken broth flavored with cloves, cinnamon and star anise, to which are added flat rice noodles, spring onions and slivers of chicken, or beef.
Last but not least, explore an entirely new way to enjoy Pho: Pho in a glass or Pho cocktail. Invented in 2012 by mixologist Pham Tien Tiep, who was named Vietnam’s best bartender at the Diageo Reserve World Class cocktail competition that year. Pho cocktail contains many of the herbs and spices found in pho, without the broth or meat, its taste is refreshingly sweet. Sipping Pho cocktail, feel the flavor combination between sweet, sour and spicy.
Return to your hotel after the memorable experience of tasting pho in assorted dishes and drink.