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Hanoi Private Street Food Tour and Cyclo

1. Hanoi Private Street Food Tour and Cyclo

Your tour begins with a half-hour cycle trip around the most famous symbol in Vietnam, Hoan Kiem lake. After that, your guide will take you around Hanoi's Old Quarter, where the traditional life of Vietnam still continues. Near the Dong Xuan market, your expert guide will give you an insight into the traditions and ingredients of Vietnamese food, and you will eat as you go. Some of the foods you will try include seasonal fruits and some famous dishes such as pho (noodle soup), crab rolls, pillow cake, Vietnamese sandwich (banh mi) and more. Your guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden café, and one of the few left in the city that still serves egg coffee. Sample this a scrumptious local delicacy while admiring the hustle and bustle of the city center below. If coffee is not your style, a cold beer awaits! At the end of the trip you are free to continue exploring the area, or your guide can assist you with directions or a taxi back to your hotel.

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Half-Day Hanoi Foodie Tour by Motorbike

2. Half-Day Hanoi Foodie Tour by Motorbike

The tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in the morning. Meet the group at a cafe in the Old Quarter. Sit on the street and drink egg coffee or tea. Start your tour around Hanoi’s Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake, see the famous old buildings up close and feel the atmosphere of the local people doing business. Arrive at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where you will have a guided tour, on foot, with a professional tour guide to talk you through its history and answer any questions you may have. Afterwards, ride around the city, outside of the Old Quarter, where most tourists don’t visit, past by some of the majestic, historical buildings to the edge of West Lake and stop for Vietnamese tea.  Followed by this, ride around West Lake, past some of the most expensive real estate in Vietnam, with a number of short stops for photo opportunities. Stop for lunch. Enjoy lunch at an authentic Vietnamese restaurant with a wonderful variety of unlimited food to cater for every taste. After lunch you will be taken back to your hotel. 

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Hanoi City: Full-day Charming Cultural Tour

3. Hanoi City: Full-day Charming Cultural Tour

Your shared or private tour will begin as you are picked up from your hotel before being to the historic complex of Ba Dinh. You will visit Ba Dinh Square, where the former President Ho Chi Minh read Vietnam’s Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945. You will visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and One-Pillar Pagoda, a must-see monument in Ha Noi. The One-Pillar Pagoda is an ancient Buddhist pagoda which is supported by only one pillar and resembles a lotus blossom. You will also visit Van Mieu and Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature), the first imperial school in Vietnam. Lunch will later be served at a local restaurant, after which you will pay a visit to the Women’s Museum (which is listed among Asia’s top 25 museums (closed on Mondays). The museum honors Vietnamese women throughout history, and includes displays of the country's recent history as well. Exhibits include: “Women and Ethnicity”, “Women and the National Struggle”, "Vietnam Women’s Association and Feminism”, “Women and Traditional Costumes” and “Women’s Cultural Traits Expressed Through Handicrafts”. Following the museum, you will take a cyclo (pedicab) ride around the “the 36 meandering streets” of Ha Noi’s historic Old Quarter and visit Tran Quoc Pagoda as well as Quan Thanh Temple. At the conclusion of your cultural experience, you will be returned to your point of origin.

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Hanoi: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Live Commentary

4. Hanoi: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Live Commentary

Enjoy the unique experience of the Hanoi city hop-on hop-off bus tour. The tour route has 15 stops and passes more than 30 famous attractions, allowing travelers to explore and experience the city in their own way. With this 24 or 48-hour ticket, you can discover the city at your leisure. Pass through: • Stop 1: Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square – Hoàn Kiếm Lake (Mon-Fri) Hanoi Opera House – (Sat -Sun) • Stop 2: Le Thai To’s Statue – 30 Le Thai To Street, Hoan Kiem Dist. • Stop 3: St. Joseph’s Cathedral - 4B Trang Thi Hoan Kiem Street, Hoan Kiem Dist. • Stop 4: The Flag Tower of Hanoi - 28A Dien Bien Phu Street Ba Dinh Dist. • Stop 5: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - Opposite to 49 Dien Bien Phu Street Ba Dinh Dist. • Stop 6: Quan Thanh Temple - Thanh Nien Street, Quan Thanh Dist. • Stop 7: Tran Quoc Pagoda - Thanh Nien, Yen Phu Dist. • Stop 8: Northern Gate Church - 6 Hoang Dieu Street, Ba Dinh Dist. • Stop 9: The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long - 26 Hoang Dieu Street, Ba Dinh Dist. • Stop 10: One Pillar Pagoda – Hung Vuong and Tran Phu Crossroad • Stop 11: The Temple of Literature - Opposite to 63 Quoc Tu Giam Street, Dong Da Dist. • Stop 12: Hoa Lo Prison Relic - Opposite to 52A Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hoan Kiem Dist. • Stop 13: Museum of Vietnamese Women - 39 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hoan Kiem Dist. • Stop 14: Hanoi Opera House – 1 Trang Tien Street • Stop 15: Hanoi Post Office - 175 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hoan Kiem Dist. Other sights along the way include the Temple of Literature, Hoa Lo Prison Relic, the Museum of Vietnamese Women, the Hanoi Opera House, and Hanoi Post Office. The hop-on hop-off buses operate from 9:00 AM to 6:15 PM. An English-speaking guide is available on board to help you get off at the right stop. Audio commentary is available in 10 different languages.

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Hanoi Highlights: Full-Day Small Group City Tour with Lunch

5. Hanoi Highlights: Full-Day Small Group City Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a full-day tour of Hanoi with Tour 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 Enthnology Museum - a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. The mission of the Museum is scientific research, collection, documentation, conservation, exhibition and preserving the cultural and historic patrimony of the nation’s different ethnic groups Next visit would be the Galary of Lacque Paiting Collection. The best of handicraft of the north of Vietnam. Then you would have lunch at Local restarant with the deep touch of the art of Hanoi Cuisine. You will then visit the Temple of Literature, the site of Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070 and originally built as a temple to Confucius. Inside you can see the stone steles mounted on the backs of turtles, which have the names of Vietnam’s best scholars inscribed. The temple highlights the importance that Vietnamese society place on education both now and in the past. After the lunch. In the afternoon, explore the vibrant eastern sector of Hanoi, including Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, and Huc Bridge. Walking around the Old Quarter and mingle with the locals as they go about their hectic lives. End with a 30-minute Cyclo Tour around the Old Quater of Hanoi to have the best view of life of Hanoian.

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Hanoi: Small Group Street Food Walking Tour

6. Hanoi: Small Group Street Food Walking Tour

Meet with your local guide, then dive straight into Hanoi’s culinary scene with a visit to Dong Xuan, the largest covered market in the city. Along the perimeter of the market, dozens of street hawkers sell a staggering variety of produce, from live seafood to exotic fruits and spices. Hear about traditional Vietnamese food culture, like ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. Try seasonal fruits and sample a banh mi, a famous Vietnamese baguette, with your choice of fillings. One of the most beloved combos is pate, ham, sliced cucumber, and chili sauce. Next, walk through the bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Taste the famed Hanoi dish banh cuon at a local eatery and watch the chefs make this dish. Wander past street stalls and residential lanes and observe how little local life has changed since Hanoi was founded 1,000+ years ago. Stop at a stall selling bun cha, a classic Vietnamese dish served with grilled fatty pork (chả) over a plate of white rice noodles (bún) and herbs with a dipping sauce. Save room for the grilled nem chua, a fermented pork roll, and a fresh fruit salad, two of the most well-known snacks in the city. Go to one of Hanoi’s best-kept secrets, a hidden café with stunning views over the Hoan Kiem Lake. This café is one of the few left in the city that still serves egg coffee, a scrumptious local delicacy that you will sample. At the end of your Hanoi tour, explore the area or return to your hotel.

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Hanoi: Street Food Walking Tour & Water Puppet Show

7. Hanoi: Street Food Walking Tour & Water Puppet Show

The tour guide will welcome you at your hotel lobby, then start the walking tour in the old quarter '36 streets' to visit some famous and specialized food stalls and local restaurants. Watch as it is made and taste some particular dishes (The company can customize vegetarian food or something for other special requirements). The old quarter in Hanoi is over one thousand years old and today retains much of the old flavor that made the area special in earlier times. Each street was the exclusive domain of one trade (guilds) so there are whole streets of blacksmiths, silver shops, paper shops, headstone makers and more. Originally there were just 36 streets in the old quarter but today there are more than 50. Although many of the streets are short and the area is rather compact. It can be very difficult to find local food on your own in the hidden alleys or sidewalks, certainly the best way to experience street food is with a local. In this special tour learn about Vietnamese cuisine, culture, people and language. You will have a unique experience trying the foods of the local Hanoi people; the food is handled hygienically and comfortable venues are provide for the tastings. The benefit also goes back to the vendors or restaurants / families as the food is bought directly from them. Later, the guide will bring you to enjoy a Water Puppet show which is a unique variation on the ancient Asia puppet tradition and is a Vietnamese tradition dating back to the 11th century. Supported by a large rod placed under the water and manipulated by experienced puppeteers, the wooden puppets appear to be dancing over the water, telling folk tales. It’s entertaining and suitable for all audiences. At the end of your Hanoi tour you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist you with directions or a taxi back to your hotel.

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Hanoi Night Lights Food Tour by Motorbike

8. Hanoi Night Lights Food Tour by Motorbike

Your tour guide will collect you from your hotel in the evening. Meet the group and have a full safety briefing about the tour. Then set off to tour around Hanoi’s Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake and be amazed at the lively small alleys that are not even noticeable during the day. Take a number of short stops to take photos and learn about the history of the Old Quarter. Ride around the city, outside of the Old Quarter, where most tourists don’t visit, past some of the majestic, historical buildings. Enjoy eating a range of small Vietnamese snacks. Ride past Red river & Long Bien Bridge to see the night lights outside Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Then stop for Dinner. Experience dinner at an authentic Vietnamese Restaurant with a wonderful variety of unlimited food to cater for every taste. Travel down a historical street and enjoy Vietnamese traditional sweet desert. You will have the option for your tour guide to take you to any location in the Old Quarter or to your hotel. 

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Legendary Hanoi: Full-Day City Tour & Water Puppet Show

9. Legendary Hanoi: Full-Day City Tour & 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!

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Hanoi Walking Street Food Tour & Cyclo

10. Hanoi Walking Street Food Tour & Cyclo

This food tour includes half an hour cycling around the trading area in Hanoi Old Quarter, which is said to be a microcosm of the city. Dating back to the 11th century, the Old Quarter has 36 streets, each named after the commodity traditionally produced and sold on it, such as sugar, bamboo, leather or silver. Even though some of streets have had their name changed, many still retain their ancient attributes. Start walking though narrow streets to Dong Xuan. Along the edge of the market, dozens of street hawkers sell produce, from live seafood to exotic fruits and spices. Your local English-speaking guide will give you an insight into traditional Vietnamese food culture, including details of ingredients and the historical background of popular northern dishes. Try seasonal fruits and sample a tasty French-inspired snack from a street cart as you go. Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, tickle your taste buds with famous Hanoi dish "Banh Cuon" at a local eatery. Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate how the tasty dish is put together. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter and wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe 1000 years of local life. Your next 2 snack stops are at outdoor barbecue stalls. Sit down with Hanoi locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bread specialties, flame-grilled over hot coals for extra flavor. For dessert, venture down a small alley to feast on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk. This is not one to be missed! Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best-kept secrets — a hidden café with stunning views over the picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake. This hard-to-find café is one of the few left in the city that still serves egg coffee, a scrumptious local delicacy that you will sample whilst admiring the hustle and bustle of the city center below. If coffee's not your thing, you can just as easily sample a cold beer! At the end, feel free to continue exploring the area on your own, or let your guide assist you with directions or a taxi back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Hoan Kiem Lake

This was an excellent street food tour with our guide Jenny. Interesting, friendly and knowledgeable, Jenny made it fun too and was was happy to answer all our questions. We had bun cha, fried and fresh spring rolls, papaya salad, banh mi & egg coffee. We finished off ourselves with a Hanoi beer on the street. All very clean and tasty and felt we were in safe hands. We did our cyclo tour mid way through and it was fun seeing the old quarter buzzing at night.

We had a great time with Fifi and Alex. They showed us the most interesting places in Hanoi in historical and cultural terms. They didn't rush us, we had time for photos they took of us. Riding a scooter was an interesting experience and at the same time we felt very safe. Historical knowledge was completely sufficient for us and not overloaded. They answered all our additional questions in an interesting way with a smile. Super guides

Our guide was very knowledgeable and had very good English. We were able to try many varieties of street food and learn about the traditional culture and history around them. The puppet show was another great insight into Vietnamese culture, and something very unique we had never experienced before.

really fun wandering down dark corridors to find some of the best hidden foods of Vietnam.

Doris was a wonderful and funny guide. thank you so much.