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Half-Day Hanoi City Tour provided by Vietnam OZ Holiday

Half-Day Hanoi City Tour
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  • Duration: 24h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
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  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
German, Korean, Japanese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 24h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Korean, Japanese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
What to expect
Welcome to little Hanoi by visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, located in the centre of Ba Dinh Square, where the Great Leader of Vietnam read the Declaration of Independence to father the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. This place is always a memorable historically place to all Vietnamese people, also the site which organizes the important event of the city. After that, visit The Temple of Literature, constructed in 1070 during Tran dynasty, a significant temple of Confucianism from 10th century in the most peaceful garden surrounded in Hanoi, also the first national university of Vietnam. There still remain 82 turtle steles carving names of Doctors who passed at the royal exams, small scattered pavilions and rock statues standing in the campus with 5 courtyards and 3 pathways inside the main gate. Finally, come to Ngoc Son Temple on a little island in the northern of Sword Lake, where has famous ancient Turtle Tower, the symbol of capital city Hanoi. The temple is connected to the shore by The Huc Bridge curving like a red shrimp above the green surface of the lake. On the shore, there are Pen Tower, the Ink Slab, the Moon Contemplation Pavilion… surrounded by water and shaded by trees. Tourists can find some antique bells and a glass terrarium that is home to a 250kg turtle.
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Important information
Inclusions
Professional guide • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Air-conditioned vehicle
Exclusions
Gratuities • Food and drink
Duration
24h
Departure details
Traveler pickup is offered.
Departure Point: Hotels in central Hanoi Dates: daily tour
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Professional guide • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Air-conditioned vehicle
Exclusions
Gratuities • Food and drink
Departure details
Traveler pickup is offered.
Departure Point: Hotels in central Hanoi Dates: daily tour
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
24h
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults

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petiteBee
London, UK90 contributions
Disappointed as did not visit Ho Chi Minh mausoleum
Apr 2018 • Friends
The main reason for choosing to do a Hanoi tour was being able to visit the main attractions with all entrance tickets and fees organised to avoid wasting time queuing at each place. I had heard the queue at Ho Chi Minh mausoleum gets very long due to its limited opening hours and read many suggestions to visit it with a tour to avoid having to queue. So I booked this tour with the assumption all the entrance tickets would be pre organised since it was a half day tour with a number of places to visit. Surely, most of the time on the tour would be spent actually visiting the sites. My assumption was wrong.

The day started out great. Our guide picked us up on time and informed my friend and I of the itinerary for the day. We will visit the mausoleum, Temple of Literature and finally Hoam Kiem lake and the temple of the Restored Sword. We were informed that the mausoleum will be quite busy as it is a Sunday. We arrived in the car to see the line snaking over 2 blocks and that it was probably a 2 hour wait. As we were driving, I could see the driver and guide looking for the end of the line and realised that we may not have tickets. The guide then suggested we go to the Temple of Literature first and we return to the mausoleum afterwards. We asked if we would be able to get in later and the impression given was that the queue will dissipate by the time we return. That assumption was so wrong.

After the temple of Literature, where the guide bought our entrance tickets when we were there, we returned to the mausoleum to see that the queue wasn’t any shorter and if anything, it seemed even longer. Knowing now, that we would have to wait in the queue for potentially 2 hours, which would be the remaining time of the tour itself(!), we made the decision to disappointingly skip the mausoleum. The guide took us to the Museum of Ethnology instead and finished with the Hoam Kiem lake and temple as per the itinerary.

Overall the tour was fine for the sites visited, the guide was good and accommodating. The Museum of Ethnology was actually quite interesting and a place I probably wouldn’t have thought to visit during my stay in Hanoi. HOWEVER, the main attraction of this tour is the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum. This is what I am paying the tour price for. Yes, it was my decision to choose not to queue and skip it but there definitely should not be the expectation of the tour participant to pay for the tour and spend most of it in a queue to purchase a ticket. If that is the case, then that should be clearly communicated and written in the tour details. Otherwise, what was the point of the tour? I would have been better off just visiting these sites on my own.

For those considering this tour, just be sure to ask the questions first before booking.
It was my first time booking a tour via TripAdvisor ( Viator) but after this experience, I will definitely think twice. Proceed with caution.
Written 23 April 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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Why you made this scam comment? You did not book and join the tour why?
Written 12 December 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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