Hanoi – the elegant city with the colonial buildings, bustling Old Quarter and many historical relics which could seduce the visitors at the first sight. But if you look for something more crazy to experience, this trip could be in your list. Jump on your Jeep; drive through French Quarter to the West Lake; travel on the dyke of the Red River; visit The Weapon Museum and have lunch in Snake Village.
Sightseeing highlights:West Lake, Red River, Le Mat snake village
You will be picked up at your hotel. Jeep will drive you through the French Quarter- the pleasant shady district dotted with small parks and colonial-era villas to West Lake – the Hanoi’s largest natural lake, 17kms around the lake will bring you many different feelings. You will drive by residential areas, pagodas, shops, international hotels, “love hotels”, water park, restaurants, coffee shops and especially you will encounter many illegal fishermen- the ones who earn living from catching fish illegally from the lake (believe or not but many of them can feed their whole families even own big houses).
Following the lake, you will drive cross the Red River, travel along the dyke. Not too far from city center but you could see the differences. It is like the countryside with gardens, more trees. Jeep will stop at the Weapon Museum for your visit. Thousands of weapons from the simple to modern ones used for protecting the country are displayed throughout Vietnam’s history. Walk around the museum, by the weapons you could get to know more about what have happened to this country in the past.
Back to your Jeep and continuing driving on the dyke, your next stop is Le Mat Village (Snake Village). This is no ordinary dining experience; it is for stomachs with a sense of adventure. You will go to a restaurant specializing in snake meat. Listen to the owner introduce his restaurant and cooking methods, then the adventure begins. You can choose the type of snake you want and it will be prepared to your order. From one snake, it could be served in 4, 5 dishes (soup, deep fried; stir fried….). For the locals, snake meat is not only food but medicine so just relax and enjoy your meal.
After the “healthy meal”, drive back to downtown and drop you at your hotel. End of the trips.
+ Jeep with driver (one Jeep can carry 2 adults plus guide, or 2 adults and 1 child plus guide)
+ English speaking local guide
+ Lunch (snake meat)
+ Cold beer, soft drinks, water available on Jeep
+ Entrance fees
+ Meals not listed in the itinerary
+ Drinks, other than water on activity days
+ Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tips, etc)