Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, is known throughout the world not only for its beautiful and serene natural scenery but also for its more than a thousand years of history. This rare combination make for a truly rich experience even for the most discriminating of travelers. A Hanoi tour package will always result in a travel that is as much memorable as it is full of thrilling activities as well as cultural and historical experience.
Located at a stretch of 165 kilometers off Hanoi, Halong Bay is renowned as the most photographed place in Vietnam, and for good reason. The place is not only beautiful, it also projects a serene ambiance that awes visitors, letting them experience a subtle tranquility that only the place can offer. Over 1600 islands and islets actually compose Halong Bay, most of which are precipitous in nature, thus making them uninhabitable. Because of this particular characteristic, these islands and islets are free from any effects of human activity and influence. Natural beauty and tranquility is thus maintained.
Hoam Kiem Lake
Considered by Vietnamese people as a mystical place, Hoam Kiem Lake mean “The Lake of the Returned Sword” in English. Local tradition have it that a turtle grabbed Emperor Le Loi’s magic sword while he is biding his time by a boat in the lake. Because the sword nor the turtle can’t be found, the Emperor concluded that it was actually the Golden Turtle God that have returned to take the magic sword back, which was given to him during his revolt against the Chinese Ming Dynasty. Linked to this legend is the Turtle Tower that sits atop a small island located near the center of this beautiful lake.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
As its very name indicates, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum was built in honor of Ho Chi Minh, the Vietnamese leader who was responsible for the revolt against the French after World War II. Although the mausoleum has distinct Vietnamese elements in its architecture, it takes inspiration from the Lenin’s Mausoleum in Moscow. A cooled central hall houses the preserved, embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh, which lies in a glass case with dim lights.
Military History Museum and Flag Tower
The Military History Museum houses relics and memorabilia related to the Vietnamese war and going back through centuries. Items on display gives an insight to the Vietnam war and includes, among others, pieces of captured American aircraft, together with Russian fighters and tanks and other old military hardware.
Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural
The Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural is a four kilometer ceramic mosaic mural that was created to commemorate Hanoi’s 1000 years of cityhood. The mural was officially opened in October 2010 and serves to remind the public of the importance that the city of Hanoi has held in the cultural and political affairs of Vietnam starting from the year 1010 onwards.