Your private guide will pick you up from the hotel right after breakfast.
Start your city tour at the Thang Long Citadel. Built by the Ly Viet Dynasty in the 11th century to mark the independence of the Dai Viet. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010, the Citadel was a political center of the country for 13 consecutive centuries and served as the capital of Vietnam for eight centuries.
Visit the secret underground war bunker which played an important role in the American War, especially during the 12 days and nights of the Ha Noi – Dien Bien Phu air battle of 1972.
Continue to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first national university built in the late 11th century.
Drive back to central Hanoi for a walking tour through the famed Old Quarter known for its ‘36 streets of 36 wares’ named after the original 36 artisan guilds that date as far back as the 13th century.
In the evening, you will be picked up for a ride to the Sai Son Village, for an impressive Show, performed by nearly 200 farmers from the village.
Set in the open-air large amphitheater, the show draws inspiration from the spiritual history of the nearby Thay Pagoda by telling the story of the pagoda’s founding by venerable monk Tu Dao Hanh and explains the ancient union between religion and the monarchy.
The show blends different aspects of the cultural Quintessence of Tonkin: Poetry, Buddhism, Nostalgia, Music & Painting, Joy & Festivities. The 1000 years old art of water puppetry will bring you vivid images of daily rural life in Vietnam.
Right before the show, you will have a chance to try some local dishes from the outdoor food village right at the venue.
Meals: (B, D)