Museum of Ethnology, Vietnam

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Hanoi: Full-Day City Tour and Water Puppet Show

1. Hanoi: Full-Day City Tour and Water Puppet Show

In the morning: 8.00 AM: The bus with the tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in the Old Quarter then transfer you to the Ho Chi Minh Complex, which includes Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum – the final resting place of the beloved national hero, Uncle Ho – and President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house where he lived off and on from 1958 to 1969. 9.30 AM: Visit the One Pillar Pagoda, which is actually a group of structures that collectively make up a pagoda built over the water in the middle of a square lake. After that, you’ll have a chance to explore the Tran Quoc Pagoda on the shore of west lake. From there, it’s onto the Temple of literature, which was Vietnam’s first university and is dedicated to Confucius. 12.30 PM: Have lunch at the restaurant in the Old Quarter. Afterwards, visit Hoan Kiem Lake - the heart and soul of Hanoi. In the afternoon: - OPTION 1: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday Stop in at museum of ethnology. This superb museum showcases the depth of Vietnamese cultural diversity with an astounding collection of 15,000 artifacts gathered from throughout Vietnam. Maps, displays and dioramas are labelled in Vietnamese, French and English. Displays portray a typical village market, the making of comical hats and a Tay shamanic ceremony; videos show the real thing. You can also check out a traditional Black Thai house reconstructed in the museum. There's also a center for research and conservation where scientists from all over the world study traditional Vietnamese cultures. Take a break to enjoy a water puppet show that demonstrates a well-loved traditional Vietnamese art form. Later, explore the Old Quarter by yourself or get a taxi back to your hotel. - OPTION 2: Monday Depart for Bat Trang ceramic village which is about 20 kilometers (about 12 miles) away from Ha Noi, this is a pottery village with a half-milleary historic development. 03.30 - 04.00 PM: Take the car come back the Old Quarter for the water puppet show. Take a break to enjoy a water puppet show that demonstrates a well-loved traditional Vietnamese art form. Later, explore the Old Quarter by yourself or get a taxi back to your hotel. Finish an unforgettable full day in Hanoi Sightseeing!

Private Jeep Tour: Ethnology Museum & Kumquat Village

2. Private Jeep Tour: Ethnology Museum & Kumquat Village

The jeep will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the Museum of Ethnology. The Ethnology Museum gives an excellent overview of the country's ethnic groups, their customs and ways of life. The highlight here is the large, beautiful outdoor area featuring genuine houses and compounds as built and used by the many different ethnic groups. Following the museum, you will be driven to the West Lake – the largest lake in Hanoi with many religious monuments built along its bank. The relaxing drive will bring you closer to the daily life of the locals. From the lake, you will head to Tu Lien – where the local people are well-known for their traditional profession of cultivating kumquat and cherry blossom for lunar new year. For lunch, you will eat at a famous local restaurant that not only offers you good food but also a great view of the West Lake. After lunch, you will be dropped off at your chosen place.

Hanoi Must-See City Full Day: Museum of Ethnology & Lunch

3. Hanoi Must-See City Full Day: Museum of Ethnology & Lunch

Your tour guide and driver will pick you up so please provide details of your hotel to confirm the pick-up service. Visit the Ho Chi Minh complex and have a chance to see the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh then walk around Ho Chi Minh garden to see the 2 houses where he lived and worked from 1954 to 1969. Visit the One Pillar Pagoda where people worship the Godess of Mercy. It is the most unique padoga in the world. Also visit either Bat Trang ceramics and pottery village or the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology depending on the day. Have lunch at a restaurant. Have an opportunity to enjoy Vietnamese cuisine including many delicious dishes. Continue to visit the Temple of Literature – the first university in Vietnam in the feudal system. See the Tran Quoc Pagoda – first built in Ha Noi in the 6th Century. You will see the oldest Bodhi Tree in Vietnam planted by Ho Chi Minh. Leave for Hoan Kiem Lake to visit Ngoc Son Temple where people worship General Tran Hung Dao who defeated the Mongolian invader in the 13th Century. After visiting the One Pillar pagoda, get to visit the Lacquer Paintings workshop – the biggest center in Ha Noi Then depending on the day, visit one of these : - Option 1 : Bat Trang ceramics and pottery village (On Mondays – Wednesdays – Fridays ) - Option 2 : Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (On Tuesdays – Thursdays – Saturdays and Sundays)

Hanoi: Full-Day City Tour w/ Cyclo Ride & Water Puppet Show

4. Hanoi: Full-Day City Tour w/ Cyclo Ride & Water Puppet Show

You will be picked up at your hotel and then set out to visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to explore the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-place. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 - the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Afterwards, you will continue on to the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda at West Lake (one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam). Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, proceed to visit the Ethnology Museum (applies on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays), the Literature Temple, and Quoc Tu Giam. See Vietnam’s first university, constructed in 1070 - its gardens and well-preserved architecture will offer you a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Go past Hoan Kiem Lake to see the peaceful water and the beauty of Ngoc Son temple. At the end of the tour, you will watch a Water Puppet show - a traditional performance that dates back as far as the 11th Century in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam.

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What people are saying about Museum of Ethnology, Vietnam

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 44 reviews

Definitely recommend this tour

Thought this tour was great value. Our guide Mr T was very interesting. Lunch was great and catered for vegetarian for me. We had the option to visit the Museum of Ethnology instead of seeing Ho Chi Minh' s body because of the very long queue at this time of year and we appreciated the option. Also booking online was so easy with instant confirmation and follow up email (I only booked when in Hanoi 2 days before tour).

The participants were from Russia, Georgia, the United States, France, India and I, Japan, etc. I enjoyed talking internationally, enjoying lunch (very delicious) and enjoying the chat. The English of the participants was very natural and I realized the importance of English again.

Excellent tour guide

Very personalized service and great experience. The tour guide was very attentive and helpful as well as knowledgeable and he was truly passionate about his country and culture.

Brilliant tour

So good to see the sights of Hanoi and finish it all off with a water puppet show (highly recommend). Tommy the tour guide was amazing and so knowledgeable.

Pleasant day in really beautiful places. Excursion organized very well, excellent and nice guide.