Guided tour

Hanoi: Street Food Walking Tour & Water Puppet Show

4.7 / 5

48 reviews

Activity provider: Crossing Vietnam Tour

Hanoi: Street Food Walking Tour & Water Puppet Show

Activity provider: Crossing Vietnam Tour
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If you are a little worried about eating food in the old Quarter in Hanoi, this is an absolute must. With hundreds of food vendors in this area, it's difficult to know which are good to enjoy. Your guide will help you make the right choices.

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Duration 4.5 hours
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Pickup included
Pickup is available from hotels within the Old Quarter of Hanoi. If your hotel is located outside this area, you must make your own way to the meeting point.


  • Sample delicious Vietnamese cuisine just like the locals do - on the street
  • Learn more about Hanoi’s unique food culture
  • Take in a spectacular night view of Hoan Kiem lake
  • Enjoy the water puppet show
Full description
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.
  • English-speaking guide,
  • 1 bottle of water, coffee or beer
  • Meals
  • Ticket for Water Puppet show
  • All other drinks
  • Extra food portions
  • Tips for local guide

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  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets

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  • Tour duration: 4.5 hours
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4.7 /5

based on 48 reviews

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Great tour with Sarah. She is very knowledgeable and friendly. She shared a lot of information about food and Hanoi but also about Vietnamese language and culture. The food she chose for us was unique and fabulous. The puppet show was good - I recommend the audio guide. The seats were just ok and the group was not seated together (we were separate travelers but had just met).

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December 25, 2022

The meeting point was a little confusing as we were given one address and everyone else in our group another one. So it seemed we were late but not intentionally. Also when we called the two numbers listed on the account, only the second one answered. Our tour was during busy holiday period which could have been factored into some of the stops we tried to make because they were very crowded and we had to wait around in several instances. Most people were good sports about this but in future, that's something to note. You probably want to give the guide a flag or some sort of signal to wave when walking through the crowds, especially after dark, as it got very dark, very quickly.

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May 7, 2022

We ate 6 delicacies, each of which was very special. If you didn't participate in this food guide, you would miss these local delicacies. The water puppet show is fun and special! The Phoenix tour guide is very kind and will explain food and some things about Vietnam. If there are any travel questions, he will also answer them kindly.

April 3, 2019

Product ID: 53166