1. Vietnam
  2. Hanoi
  3. Hoan Kiem Lake

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

Product ID: 52931
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Get an insight into the unique culture of legendary Hanoi as you visit the city's landmarks. Enjoy a tour by shuttle bus around the Old Quarter. Enjoy a traditional water puppet show and take a guided walk to admire Hanoi's historic architecture.
About this activity
Duration: 1 day
Starting time 8:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pickup included

Hotel pick-up is possible if you stay in the Old Quarter Area. If not, please come to our booking office (Add: no. 24 Au Trieu Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi city, Vietnam).
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit important pagodas and temples, and admire the city’s lakes and parks
  • Learn about Vietnamese history as well as its culture
  • Sample delicious Vietnamese cuisine on the street just as the locals do
  • Enjoy a traditional water puppet show
Full description
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!
Includes
  • Transportation by shuttle bus
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Local lunch
  • Water puppet show ticket
What’s Not Included
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Insurance
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
Not allowed
  • Pets
Know before you go
• On Monday and Friday mornings, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum are closed
• The itinerary may change due to weather and operating conditions
• Special requests for food should be sent before your departure date
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 30 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.3 / 5
  • Organization
    4.2 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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The tour was really nice and the tour guide was very nice and tried hard. The bus driver, however, was in a bad mood and unfriendly. All in all a nice day. You can do the tour, but you don't have to. In the heat, it was a more comfortable and affordable option for me.

June 12, 2019

Definitely recommend this tour

Thought this tour was great value. Our guide Mr T was very interesting. Lunch was great and catered for vegetarian for me. We had the option to visit the Museum of Ethnology instead of seeing Ho Chi Minh' s body because of the very long queue at this time of year and we appreciated the option. Also booking online was so easy with instant confirmation and follow up email (I only booked when in Hanoi 2 days before tour).

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March 28, 2018

Pleasant day in really beautiful places. Excursion organized very well, excellent and nice guide.

August 21, 2019

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Crossing Vietnam Tour

Product ID: 52931