Metropole's Hanoi City tour by vintage car
Hanoi City tour, Hanoi Guests at the Sofitel Metropole Hanoi can get up early and have breakfast at French-style restaurant Le Beaulieu before taking a ride in the Metropole Citroen Traction to discover ancient towns in Hanoi.
Hanoi has lakes and elegant parks which have earned its reputation as the loveliest city in Asia. When traveling around the area, you will be reminded of 1936 when Charlie Chaplin and his wife Paulette Goddard were on the same road enjoying their honeymoon after a secret marriage in Shanghai.
This is one of reasons the hotel offers the tour to its guests.
Gilles Cretallaz, the five-star hotel's general manager, said that when joining the Hanoi city tour, guests will have the opportunity to ride along boulevards lined with tamarind trees, conjuring up images of old-European-style houses.
Afterwards, the car brings you to the heart of the old city where there is a maze of streets whose names reflect their residents' occupations like Furniture Street or Copper Street.
Visiting Hang Gai or Hang Dao Street to buy an ao dai (Vietnamese traditional dress) or a non (Vietnamese conical hat) are also on the tour. Besides, a tailor-made program is also available at US$25/hour.
A short tour to the Temple of Literature, Hanoi's first university built under Le Thanh Tong's reign, Russian-built marble Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the One-Pillar Pagoda to study the Hanoi's culture complete the program.
Hanoi shopping tours and discovery tours are priced at US$75 a person.
"The experience of yester-year can again be lived to its fullest in Hanoi with an amazing adventure in the Sofitel Metropole's old Citroen Traction, which was recently refurbished to maintain its comfort and elegance," Cretallaz said.