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  • Hanoi: Shopping and Food Market Tour by Motorbike

    1. Hanoi: Shopping and Food Market Tour by Motorbike

    You meet up with your motorbike-riding-tour guide at your hotel in Hanoi downtown, then head to the first destination – Long Bien market, one of the biggest market in Hanoi with diversity kind of fruits. Next you will cross the bustle street for a short walking inside the most famous lake - West Lake with beautiful sights as well as enjoy the great atmosphere in the morning. The following stop-off is Chau Long market- seafood market. In this market, they sell many kind of fishes and other sea foods and come to Dong Xuan Market - or Cho Dong Xuan, is the oldest and largest market in Hanoi. If you want to go shopping and at the same time peep into the corridors of history, then Dong Xuan Market is the suitable place for you. This large multi-story market sells everything from fresh foods to home appliances, you can find them all here. Leaving the architectural and cultural spots for a se...

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

    2. 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, ...

  • Hanoi: Amazing Morning Biking Tour

    3. Hanoi: Amazing Morning Biking Tour

    Your tour guide will you at your hotel and give you some brief information about the biking route. Start the trip by cycling along the Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural along the Red River. It has been listed in the Guinness World Records as the longest pottery-decorated road in the world. Stop at the Quang Ba flower market, which is the floral hub for wholesalers who arrive with bundles of roses and chrysanthemums tethered to their bikes and mopeds. One day when you are far away from Hanoi, you will miss the colorful and fragrant corner of Quang Ba flower market. Next, go to Ba Dinh Square, where you can witness the flag-raising ceremony at dawn in front of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. On the way to West Lake, you will have a chance to do exercise and dance with locals beside a romantic lake. The last stop-over is the local market, which is busiest in the morning so it’s the best time to expe...

    Le Xuan (Sam) was an excellent tour guide. He ensured I was safe, gave a good overview of the history of some of the sights we visited, and was very personable. It was great to get to know him as a tour guide and on a personal level. What should one expect during or as part of the tour: 1. An early start time. I was picked up at 5:30AM. 2. To sweat especially if you’re nervous about traffic on a narrow street. 3. To try food and drinks you might not be used to. 4. Light traffic during the early hours. 5. You’ll stop a few times along the way to take in some of the sights.

  • Half-Day Hanoi Foodie Tour by Motorbike

    4. 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 Vietnames...

    Det här var en fantastisk upplevelse. Min guide Fifi var väldigt serviceinriktad och var noga med att mina önskemål blev uppfyllda. God mat på lokala restauranger, huvudsakliga kulturinslag och scootertur mitt i Hanois storstadspuls. Mycket nöjd!

  • Explore Amazing Ancient Hanoi Like a Local by Scooter

    5. Explore Amazing Ancient Hanoi Like a Local by Scooter

    Begin the day with the advantage of a pick up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter at 08:00 am, followed by a full safety briefing about the tour with the group while enjoying a welcome drink. Start your trip by touring to Hanoi’s major landmarks such as the Hoan Kiem Lake, Tran Quoc Pagoda and the Long Bien Bridge, taking pictures on the way. Ride around the city, outside of the Old Quarter, which most tourists don’t visit, to see sights away from the regular tourist routes, such as the railway house and B52 bomber wreck site at Huu Tiep Lake.  Make a number of short stops to take photos and the tour guide will take you on foot to learn about the history of the sites. Enjoy a range of Hanoi street foods and most popular eateries during the ride, to taste a wide range of local food such as egg coffee, a must try in Hanoi. Drive around West Lake, pass some of the most exclusive real estate...

    This was a fantastic tour! My guide Annie was a good driver on the scooter, I felt very safe. A great way to see a lot of Hanoi and different sights. We had a fantastic lunch with traditional vietnamese dishes. I would defently recommend this tour!

  • Hanoi 4.5-Hour Vespa Tour

    6. Hanoi 4.5-Hour Vespa Tour

    Discover Hanoi's most important landmarks and its way of life on this fun Vespa tour around the city. Travelling on a Vespa will provide you with a unique and exciting taste of Hanoi, experiencing the past, present and future. Your Vespa guide will navigate you to the must-see landmarks, away from the tourist areas that only a true native Hanoian would know. Some of the places included in the tour are the City Gate, Long Bien Bridge, West Lake, Tay Ho Temple and Van Nien Pagoda. Enjoy an authentic local lunch at a special restaurant and continue your trip to visit Ngu Hiep lake, home to a B-52 bomber wreckage, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - a 1000-year-old citadel and finally the French Quarter.

    Good trip with an insight into rural life close to the city. Met a farmer who seemed happy for us to see how he and his wife live. The city tour was also interesting for a glimpse of the past.

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What people are saying about West Lake, Hanoi

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 115 reviews

Le Xuan (Sam) was an excellent tour guide. He ensured I was safe, gave a good overview of the history of some of the sights we visited, and was very personable. It was great to get to know him as a tour guide and on a personal level. What should one expect during or as part of the tour: 1. An early start time. I was picked up at 5:30AM. 2. To sweat especially if you’re nervous about traffic on a narrow street. 3. To try food and drinks you might not be used to. 4. Light traffic during the early hours. 5. You’ll stop a few times along the way to take in some of the sights.

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

The participants were from Russia, Georgia, the United States, France, India and I, Japan, etc. I enjoyed talking internationally, enjoying lunch (very delicious) and enjoying the chat. The English of the participants was very natural and I realized the importance of English again.

Good trip with an insight into rural life close to the city. Met a farmer who seemed happy for us to see how he and his wife live. The city tour was also interesting for a glimpse of the past.

Definitely the best way to discover Hanoi ! The drivers were safe and really nice. Excellent street food experience