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Hanoi: Full-Day City Tour and Water Puppet Show

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Activity provider: Crossing Vietnam Tour

Hanoi: Full-Day City Tour and Water Puppet Show

Activity provider: Crossing Vietnam Tour

From US$ 45 per person

Experience an unforgettable day exploring Hanoi on a guided tour with lunch in the Old Quarter. Visit museums, pagodas, temples, and much more. Enjoy a traditional water puppet show.

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Duration 1 day
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Hotel pickup is possible from the Old Quarter Area.


  • 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

Get picked up by your friendly guide and start to explore Hanoi City. Arrive at Tran Quoc Pagoda located on Golden Fish IsLand in West Lake. It is the oldest pagoda in Ha Noi, built in the 6th century.

Visit the Ho Chi Minh complex, where you'll have a chance to see the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh then walk around the garden to see 2 houses where he lived and worked from 1954 to 1969.

Then visit One Pillar Pagoda where people come to worship the Goddess of Mercy – it is the most unique padoga in the world. Visit Vietnam Ethnology Museum to learn about the culture of 54 ethnic groups living in the whole country of Vietnam. Have lunch at a restaurant. Enjoy Vietnamese cuisine with 8 delicious dishes. Continue to visit the Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam, established in the 11th century.

Head to Hoa Lo Prison Museum which was originally used by the French colonists in Indochina for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam for U.S. prisoners of war during the Vietnam War. Get dropped off at the Water Puppet Theater and enjoy the show for about an hour.

  • Transportation by shuttle bus
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Local lunch
  • Water puppet show ticket
  • Drinks at lunch
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • The itinerary may change due to weather and operating conditions
  • Special requests for food should be sent before your departure date
  • Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum is closed on Mondays and Fridays, and for at least 2 months (June 15-August 15) for annual maintenance but you can still take pictures of the Mausoleum and walk around the area
  • You will visit the Women's Museum instead of the Ethnology Museum on Mondays
Customer reviews

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The guide was nice and he explained things clearly most of the time when we where going through the jail he lacked information but still was good. I personally am slightly disappointed with the transportation service, for example the bus was compact and very shaky. Except that everything on the tour was great and me and my family had a good time. We especially enjoyed the water puppet theatre, even though it was in Vietnamese it was amazing to see the puppets move in the water and make sounds.

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January 1, 2023

It was a very nice day with many interesting impressions, as written in the description. The guide gave us a lot of information. Everything was well organized. The water puppet theater at the end of the tour rounded off the day wonderfully. Unfortunately, there were problems with the local office at the beginning of my tour regarding the pickup. But everything was quickly resolved to my satisfaction.

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November 15, 2022

Wonderful tour with an amazing guide. Lee was so friendly, knowledgeable and a real pleasure to have him as our guide. Great detailed information at each stop, while also allowing some time for ourselves, to take all the photos we wanted. Water puppet show was also very nice. Thank you very much to Lee for a wonderful day! Fully recommend this tour.

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September 24, 2022

Product ID: 52931