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One-Pillar Pagoda (Chua Mot Cot) Tours

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One-Pillar Pagoda (Chua Mot Cot)
Built on a single pillar and rising out of a square-shaped lotus pond, the One Pillar Pagoda (Chua Mot Cot) is said to resemble a lotus flower. Originally built in the 11th century, the pagoda has been rebuilt over the years, most recently in 1955 after it was destroyed by the French, and remains one of Hanoi’s most iconic pagodas.
 
The Basics
The One Pillar Pagoda is a popular Hanoi attraction, and many sightseeing tours include a stop here, along with the nearby Ho Chi Minh Complex, the Temple of Literature, or Hoan Kiem Lake. Explore the small pagoda’s unique architecture; made of wood and standing on a single stone pillar, it has a system of curved bars supporting the floor and a curved roof. Inside is an ornate shrine with a statue of Quan Am (Guanyin), the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, seated on a lotus.
Opt to explore Hanoi like a local on a motorbike tour that includes the pagoda, and consider add-ons like a water-puppet show or a cooking class.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The One Pillar Pagoda is a must-see for first-time visitors to Hanoi.
  • It’s free to enter the pagoda though donations are accepted.
  • Visitors should cover their shoulders and knees and remove their shoes to enter the pagoda.
  • Although the area around the pagoda is wheelchair-accessible, the pagoda itself can only be accessed by a set of stairs.
 
How to Get There
The One Pillar Pagoda is located near the Ho Chi Minh Complex in the Ba Dinh District. The easiest way to reach it is by taxi. A number of buses also stop at nearby Le Hong Phong Road, including buses 9, 22, and 34.
 
When to Get There
The One Pillar Pagoda is open daily, year-round. It’s a popular attraction and can get very busy, so visit early in the morning to beat the crowds. For the best photos, visit in the early morning or around sunset.
 
Legend Behind the One Pillar Pagoda

Legend has it that aging Emperor Ly Thai prayed to Buddha for a son. He dreamt one night that he was visited by Quan Am, seated on a lotus flower in a square-shaped lotus pond, and she handed him a baby boy. When the Emperor finally had a son, he ordered the pagoda to be built to resemble what he saw in his dream, in honor of Quan Am.
Address: Off Pho Chua Mot Cot, Ban Dinh District, Hanoi, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
Admission: Varies
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Private Tour Hanoi City Half Day (explore hidden corners)

Private Tour Hanoi City Half Day (explore hidden corners)

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1. A good chance to admire Hanoi Old Quarter of long history of 2000 years history. 2. Pass by French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and traditional pagodas and temples that date back hundreds of years. 3. Private Hanoi city sightseeing tour, led by an experienced tour guide 4. Flexible to choose a morning or afternoon itinerary (If you choose afternoon tour, you must skip Ho Chi Minh Complex, One Pillar Pagoda. However, we will add Dong Xuan market instead). 5. With your limited time, you can explore all hidden things; all hidden corners of beautiful Hanoi.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$59.00
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US$59.00
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Full-Day Hanoi City Tour

Full-Day Hanoi City Tour

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Discover Hanoi on a full-day city tour that introduces you to major attractions such as the Old Quarter and Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake). With a guide, learn about the city's history as you visit One Pillar Pagoda, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Ho Chi Minh Presidential Palace Historical Site, and the Temple of Literature. Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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US$36.00
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Private Hanoi City Half-Day Tour

Private Hanoi City Half-Day Tour

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Get a feel for Hanoi on a private sightseeing tour. Your own personal guide shares the city’s highlights and local culture, with your choice of itineraries that both include the Old Quarter. Choose a morning departure and see the Ho Chi Minh Complex, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Depart in the afternoon for the Museum of History, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$28.00
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US$28.00

Hanoi Half Day City Tour with One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Squares

Hanoi Half Day City Tour with One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Squares

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Get acquainted with Hanoi and visit some of its historic highlights without joining a crowded group tour on this compact half-day tour. With your own private guide, drive around Hanoi and get personalized recommendations on this tour that’s well-suited for visitors new to the city. Learn about the city’s incredible history while you visit destinations like the Presidential Palace, the Temple of Literature and the Ho Chi Minh Squares, home of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$51.29
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Half-Day Tour in Hanoi City by Motorbike

Half-Day Tour in Hanoi City by Motorbike

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Take a ride on a ubiquitous means of transport in Vietnam: the scooter. Zip around the city on a half-day sightseeing tour of Hanoi, with your own personal guide in the driver’s seat. You’re introduced to Hanoi's daily life and food tastings at a restaurant. Visit the Hanoi Opera House, Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and Tran Quoc Pagoda, and St. Joseph's Cathedral in the Old Quarter and West Lake.
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  • 4 hours
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US$48.00
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Private Tour: Hanoi City Tour Including Water Puppet Show and Cyclo Ride

Private Tour: Hanoi City Tour Including Water Puppet Show and Cyclo Ride

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Explore vibrant Hanoi with a private guide on a full-day sightseeing tour that hits all the highlights of Vietnam's capital city. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Temple of Literature and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, in addition to sites such as One Pillar Pagoda and Ngoc Son Temple. You'll also attend a water puppet show and see the Old Quarter up close on a cyclo tour. Your tour includes a typical and tasty Vietnamese breakfast and lunch, plus Vietnamese coffee to start your day and a local beer to wind down.
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  • 8 hours
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US$89.00
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Hanoi Full Day Tour(ALL IN ONE - SUPERIOR - Hanoi City Tour - ALL INCLUDE

Hanoi Full Day Tour(ALL IN ONE - SUPERIOR - Hanoi City Tour - ALL INCLUDE

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✔️ Truly Experience the real Hanoi with locals ✔️ A local guide who really knows the city and at least 5 years of experience ✔️ Visit Ho Chi Minh complex, learn about his life of national hero ✔️ Visit The Temple of Literature – the first National University of Vietnam. ✔️ Spending your relaxing time strolling around the Hoan Kiem Lake, the little lake but the very heart of life in Hanoi. ✔️ Enjoy Special Local Foods(8 special dishes)
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$34.88
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Funny city tour to handicraft village or Museum combined with one Free Tour

Funny city tour to handicraft village or Museum combined with one Free Tour

✔️ ✔️ ✔️ HIGHLIGHT ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ Visit Tran Quoc pagoda and one stilt pagoda - the most ancient pagoda in Vietnam, enjoy breathtaking view and ancient pagoda. ✔️Enjoy a tasty set menu lunch with Vietnamese cuisine at a local restaurant ✔️Exploring history of Vietnam when you visit Ho Chi Minh Complex and Hoa Lo Prison ✔️Learn more about examination culture of Vietnam in the past in The First University of Vietnam
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$29.00
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5 Days 4 Nights Hanoi - Halong Bay - Peaceful Halong Bay Cruise, one of 7 world Wonders

5 Days 4 Nights Hanoi - Halong Bay - Peaceful Halong Bay Cruise, one of 7 world Wonders

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Exploring Vietnam start a full day in Hanoi City. Driving to Halong Bay to enjoy the charming Halong on Luxury shared Cruise. Trying the Fresh Seafood on Cruise. Taking part in traditional water puppet show in Hanoi and street food. Visiting Hoa Lu - Tam Coc with yellow paddies of field, sailing on crystal water stream and enjoy the marvelous of Vietnam kart caves
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$750.00
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US$750.00
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Highlights of Hanoi Full-Day City Tour with Lunch

Highlights of Hanoi Full-Day City Tour with Lunch

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Discover Hanoi's dynamic energy and ancient traditions on a full-day tour of the city's highlights that features a Vietnamese lunch in an Old Quarter restaurant. You'll see a long list of landmarks that include the historic Tran Quoc Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature, and Hoan Kiem Lake, with a guide to share stories about local history and culture. This full-day tour of Hanoi offers the convenience of pickup and drop-off at hotels in Hanoi's Old Quarter, and all entrance fees are included.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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US$44.50
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US$44.50

Full-day Ha Noi City Tour

Full-day Ha Noi City Tour

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Explore Vietnam’s vibrant capital on a comprehensive full-day sightseeing tour. Unravel some of Hanoi’s complex history as you follow your guide to Ba Dinh Square and Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum; pose for photos by the landmark One-Pillar Pagoda and visit the beautiful Temple of Literature. After a typical Vietnamese lunch (included), explore a different side to Vietnam’s history with either a tour of the Women’s Museum or a visit to Hoa Lo prison. Finally, wind through the historic lanes of Hanoi’s Old Quarter on a traditional cyclo (pedicab) ride.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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US$89.00
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Hanoi Full-Day City Tour

Hanoi Full-Day City Tour

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With colonial architecture, Communist landmarks, and Buddhist heritage, Hanoi offers a glimpse of Vietnam at its most picturesque and vibrant. Explore the city on a full-day guided tour that takes in Old Quarter sights, ancient temples, and Hoan Kiem Lake, with round-trip hotel transfer, a Vietnamese lunch, and entrance fees included.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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US$28.00
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Hanoi Full-Day City Tour Including Cyclo Ride and Water Puppet Show

Hanoi Full-Day City Tour Including Cyclo Ride and Water Puppet Show

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Hanoi is riddled with ancient buildings and cultural landmarks; this day trip takes you around several of those significant sights. Instead of wasting time researching where to go or getting lost in the hectic Hanoi streets, take a nimble pedal-taxi around popular historic highlights like the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature, Ngoc Son Temple and One Pillar Pagoda. End the day with a traditional water puppet performance on the banks of Hoan Kiem Lake.
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  • 10 hours
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US$55.13
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Hanoi Highlight Half Day (Mausoleum - One Pillar Pagoda - Temple of Literature)

Hanoi Highlight Half Day (Mausoleum - One Pillar Pagoda - Temple of Literature)

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Museum (closed on every Monday and Friday, and in Jun to Aug, and all afternoons), Ba Dinh Square and Ho Chi Minh's house on stilt. The place was built to keep Ho Chi Minh’s body remained after he passed away so that he can somehow find contentment in seeing Vietnam united. Visiting the house on stilts, you can feel his simple and pure lifestyle in and wooden tiled house on stilts, surrounded by a garden which is full of fruit trees and a peaceful fishpond. Lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda; built by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Then, you will visit the Temple of Literature, built in 1076. Vietnam’s first university was established within this temple to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past.
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  • 4 hours
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US$58.47
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Half-Day Hanoi Private City Tour

Half-Day Hanoi Private City Tour

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See major attractions in the capital city of Hanoi on a private 3.5-hour tour, departing in the morning or afternoon. Unlock Vietnam’s rich history at its cultural heart, heading to popular sights that include the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature and Quan Thanh Temple. Stroll to West Lake with a personal guide at your side and cast your gaze on picturesque Tran Quoc Pagoda before a visit to the Old Quarter.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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US$71.80
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US$71.80
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Hanoi City Walking Tour of Old Quarter

Hanoi City Walking Tour of Old Quarter

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Get a more intimate glimpse into Hanoi than you would by coach during a walking tour that focuses on both hidden gems and famous attractions. In a super-small group limited to six people, you’ll follow a guide who ensures you don’t get lost in Hanoi’s labyrinth-like Old Quarter and provides commentary filled with cultural and historical info that you may otherwise have missed. Plus, hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$28.21
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US$28.21

Full-day Private Hanoi Sightseeing And Rickshaw Tour

Full-day Private Hanoi Sightseeing And Rickshaw Tour

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With just one day to explore Hanoi, a private tour means you can take in the sights at your own pace. Visit landmarks including the Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and One Pillar pagoda; enjoy views of Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple; tuck into a delicious Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant; then ride in a rickshaw around the atmospheric Old Quarter.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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US$30.77
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Hanoi City Full-Day Tour

Hanoi City Full-Day Tour

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Spend a day exploring Hanoi, Vietnam’s mesmerizing capital city. Learn about its history at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square and Presidential Palace with an informative guide. After lunch, get a glimpse of Vietnamese culture at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology or Bat Trang ceramic village, then see the Temple of Literature and Ngoc Son Temple. You have the option to add on a traditional water puppet show; round-trip hotel transport included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$30.00
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US$30.00
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Full-Day Hanoi City Private Car Charter

Full-Day Hanoi City Private Car Charter

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Discover Hanoi at your own pace with a custom-made itinerary and a personal chauffeur on this full-day self-guided tour. Travel in the comfort of a private vehicle with hotel pickup and drop-off included, and hop out to explore sights such as the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Tran Quoc Pagoda, or Hoan Kiem Lake.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$85.13
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Full-Day Hanoi City Tour

Full-Day Hanoi City Tour

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Discover the wealth of landmarks and fascinating history of Hanoi during this flexible-length city tour. Visit the final resting place of 20th century Vietnam’s iconic leader at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. You’ll also check out other notable Hanoi attractions including One Pillar Pagoda, Hoan Kiem Lake and the city’s Museum of Ethnology. This Hanoi city visit includes round-trip hotel transport, a guide, lunch and site entrance fees.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$46.00
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Hanoi Full Day City Tour Including Lunch & Water Puppet Show

Hanoi Full Day City Tour Including Lunch & Water Puppet Show

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The colonial capital city Hanoi is a unique Asian city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and traditional pagodas and temples that date back hundreds of years. This morning full day city tour packed with historic attractions, ancient temples is exclusively designed for you to experience a cultural and traditional Hanoi. Discover Hanoi with us! Highlight: • Have a great opportunity to see the most famous spots in Hanoi • Lunch in local restaurant in Hanoi • Know more about Hanoi people and daily life of local • Enjoy Water Puppet Show
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$50.00
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US$50.00
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Hanoi Cyclo Ride and Water Puppet Show

Hanoi Cyclo Ride and Water Puppet Show

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Explore Hanoi on a morning sightseeing tour and take a cyclo ride around the Old Quarter in the afternoon. A knowledgeable guide first accompanies you to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and Tran Quoc Pagoda on West Lake. After lunch, walk to Ngoc Son Temple on Hoa Kiem Lake, followed by a water puppet show at the end of the day.
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  • 1 day
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US$60.26
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3-Night Best of Hanoi: City Tour and Halong Bay Overnight Cruise

3-Night Best of Hanoi: City Tour and Halong Bay Overnight Cruise

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Explore Vietnam's capital city of Hanoi then soak in the tranquility of an overnight cruise on Halong Bay. Your 3-night tour includes guided sightseeing in Hanoi with visits to top sights including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Old Quarter, One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature and Hoan Kiem Lake’s Ngoc Son Temple. Then experience Halong Bay's exquisite natural beauty during an overnight trip aboard a traditional junk boat. Immerse yourself in scenery of emerald waters punctuated by limestone caves and cliffs. Includes accommodations, most meals and transportation.
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  • 4 days
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US$435.00
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US$435.00
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Full-Day Hanoi City Group Tour

Full-Day Hanoi City Group Tour

This full-day tour of Hanoi offers great value for first-time visitors. As you head to must-see Hanoi sights such as One Pillar Pagoda and Hoan Kiem Lake, your guide fills you in on stories about the city that you might have missed on your own. Lunch, entrance fees, and transportation are included, too, so you don’t have any surprise expenses.
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  • 1 day
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