Your morning will be spent preparing typical North Vietnamese dishes under the guidance of a chef. In the afternoon, explore Hanoi including its Museum of Ethnology and Tran Quoc Pagoda. Later in the evening watch a traditional water puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi.
Overnight in Medallion Hotel, Hanoi
Meal plan: Breakfast & lunch
Sitting on the banks of the Red River, Vietnam's capital is the second largest city in the country. Steeped in an intriguing history, many of Hanoi's historical monuments and palaces have been destroyed by both civil war and foreign aggression, although some do still remain - for example the Temple of Literature, which is Vietnam's first university and was built as a tribute to Confucius. It is home to the Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long which was built by the Ly Dynasty in the 11th Century on an old Chinese Fortress. Hanoi is famous for its lakes, in particular Hoan Kiem Lake, also called the 'Lake of the Restored Sword', which is linked to the legend of the magic sword when the Golden Turtle God reclaimed Emperor Le Loi's magic sword, Heaven's Will.
The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi is widely considered to be the finest modern museum in the country. It is both a research centre and a public museum with the aim of preserving and presenting the cultural heritages of the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam through the display of tribal art and artefacts.
Located on a peaceful islet in Hanoi’s West Lake, Tran Quoc Pada is the city’s oldest Buddhist temple. Built in the sixth century, this temple was relocated to its current position in 1615. The serene waterside setting provides the perfect backdrop for the numerous sacred statues that are dotted throughout the pagoda’s grounds.