Day trip

Private Hanoi City Tour: HoChiMinh Mausoleum & Water Puppet

Private Hanoi City Tour: HoChiMinh Mausoleum & Water Puppet

From US$ 55 per person

See the best of Hanoi on a full-day private tour and learn about Vietnam’s history, myths and modern life. Discover traditional customs and visit cultural sites, such as the Ho Chi Minh Complex, Quan Thanh Taoist Temple, and more.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
Reserve now & pay later
Keep your travel plans flexible — book your spot and pay nothing today.
Duration 12 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pick-up from hotels in Hanoi


  • Visit the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the Father of Vietnam
  • Learn the history of Vietnam and Hanoi from an expert private guide
  • See the beautiful wooden One-Pillar Pagoda, built for Emperor Lý Thái Tông in the 11th century
  • Explore one of the Four Sacred Temples of Hanoi at the Quan Thanh Taoist Temple
  • Wander the galleries of the Museum of History
  • Take an eco car tour of Hanoi's Old Quarter and watch the local life buzz by
  • Watch an authentic water puppet show
Full description
Enjoy a full-day tour of Hanoi with a private guide and get a local's insight into Vietnam’s mythology, traditions and customs. Visit cultural and historical sites, such as the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, as well as everyday locales such as the houses of the Old Quarter. Following a pick-up at your hotel by your guide and driver, go to the Ho Chi Minh Complex to discover the heart of Viernam at “Uncle Ho’s” Mausoleum. Standing before the mausoleum are 79 cycad trees, symbolizing Ho Chi Minh’s 79 springs of life, while 2 bamboo ranges whistle in the wind to commemorate the former president and Father of the Nation. See the nearby house-on-stilts and quaint One-Pillar Pagoda, built out of wood for the 11th-century Emperor Lý Thái Tông. Continue to the Quan Thanh Taoist Temple, one of the Four Sacred Temples of Hanoi. Journey by eco car (optional) into the Old Quarter and mingle with the locals as they go about their hectic lives. In the afternoon, explore the vibrant eastern sector of Hanoi, including the Museum of History, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, and Huc Bridge. Journey by eco car into the Old Quarter and mingle with the locals as they go about their hectic lives. End with a unique water puppet show and experience an art form conceived by Vietnamese peasants hundreds of years ago.
  • English-speaking guide
  • Land transfers
  • Admission fees
  • Water puppet show
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Food and drink
  • Eco-car transfer (available as add-on)

Select participants and date



Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • Please note that Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum opens 5 mornings a week and 10 months a year. The Mausoleum is closed every afternoon, all day Monday and Friday, and from early October to early December for scheduled maintenance.
  • Most museums are closed on Mondays. If your visit coincides with closing days, alternatives will be suggested
  • For a group of 7 people and more, please contact vendor for rates
  • Children from 2-11 pay 75% of adult price. Under 2 years old are free. Children 12-years-old and up are considered adults
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 13 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Value for money
  • Safety

Sort by:

Traveler type:

Star rating:

Very nice tour of the main sights of Hanoi

It was an interesting day. Ben (Nguyen Mun Thao) was a pleasant guide. He adjusted well to our needs. We were able to get to know the most important sights with him. The friendly driver was always there by car and took us to the next stop. At lunchtime we found a small restaurant in the old town where we got a good local meal and could rest. We saw the water puppet theater from very good places.

Read more

April 2, 2018

Great guide

Great guide who was really informative and friendly. Our guide Ben contacted us the day before to confirm timings which was really helpful. On the day we went to many landmarks and learnt a lot as Ben was very knowledgeable about them all. He also asked for any requests we had and was very happy to structure the day according to what we wanted. His English is good, would highly recommend!

Read more

October 6, 2017

Was only picked up 1 1/2 hours after the agreed time which meant we did not have time to come in and see Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum as it is only open in the morning.

March 5, 2019

Product ID: 28837