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You might have been noticing that the All World Travel blog is doing a lot of features on day trips around southeast Asia and Central America. For example, we’ve written pieces on Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, and Costa Rica. Well, now it is time for us to cover Vietnam — and boy are there a lot. That is why we will be doing it in two pieces. The first list will cover all the great day tours that one can find in the capital city of Hanoi, while the second list will cover the broader parts of Vietnam. With that being said, here is the list!
- Meditation at a Pagoda (4 Hours)
This experience is designed to provoke mindfulness and self-reflection. Your guide is a specialist in Buddhist teachings, spiritual consultation, healing, energy transformation, and life enrichment. This is a great opportunity for cultural education, motivation, and inspiration.
Photo Credit to Eden Constantino and Wandering Indian
Here you will take a tour of Vietnam’s first university which dates to the 11th Century. During your time here you will also meet with a Confucian scholar and historian for an experience that is sure to be educational and enlightening.
Photo Credit to Yana Marudova
- Hanoi Cuisine and Culture (4 Hours)
This tour will not only have your taste buds buzzing from delights like pho, bun cha, banh cuon, bia hoi (homemade beer), and an assortment of local fruits and vegetables, but you will also get the chance to see temples, the iconic Red Bridge, the ‘International Crossroad’, and authentic Hanoian markets and shops.
Photo Credit to Hien Nguyen, Jack Young, Harry Tran, Jeniffer Schmidt, and Stephan Valentin
- Hanoi City Sights (8 Hours)
This is a full day with many sights to see. Among those are the Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex — where you will learn about this very important Vietnamese leader, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Museum of Ethnology, the Hoan Kiem Lake, and the Old Quarter of Hanoi, where you will see the fascinating alleys, streets, shops, homes, and markets of what locals call the ‘36 Streets’.
Photo Credit to Anh Hoang, Giang Nguyen Pem, and Moerwijk N.
Ride with a professional driver around Hanoi’s sidestreets, big avenues, and residential neighborhoods. On the way stop for some food at a local eatery and a traditional-style Vietnamese coffee.
Photo Credit to Elliot Andrews, Jon Spectacle, and Patrick McGregor
As you can probably tell, Hanoi has a lot to offer its visiting guests. From history, religion, culture, and food to more local experiences, it is certain you will not have a down moment while you are here if you do not want to. Of course, that is the beauty of having day trips, you can pick and choose how and when you do all the great things that are available.
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