Today’s tour begins early at 05:30, but expect it to be well worth it! Meet with the local guide to catch the first rays of the sun and witness Hanoi waking up. Head over to Long Bien Market, the biggest fruit and vegetable wholesale market in North Vietnam. No other place in Hanoi exemplifies Vietnamese life better than Long Bien Market. Witness buyers haggling for goods, money counters, motorbikes weaving through crowded aisles, and other dizzying scenes of daily life.
Follow up with a stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake, the heart of Hanoi. Pass by groups of Hanoians going over their daily Tai Chi, gymnastics, or martial arts. Enjoy the silent slower pace before the start of Hanoi’s bustling traffic. Take in the atmosphere as Hanoi gradually kicks into gear and the city starts moving faster and faster.
Join a 45-minute Tai Chi class during this ‘silence before the storm.’ Discover the slow movements of this popular martial art under the guidance of a local teacher.
After the Tai Chi class, witnessed parents dropping off their kids at a local primary school from a never-ending stream of motorbikes. Next up, head to a popular local restaurant for the typical Vietnamese pho breakfast, consisting of noodle soup bursting with flavour.
Enjoy some Vietnamese coffee at a local coffee shop for the last stop of this tour while overlooking a lake. Try a sweet iced coffee or go for a slow-brewed hot java while taking in daily Hanoi life at this scenic location.
Following this morning of slow-paced Hanoi culture, an additional activity can be lined up, as opposed to returning for a rest at the hotel.
Meal Included: Breakfast