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

1. 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!

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. 

Hanoi: Culture and Sightseeing Tour in Vintage GAZ-69 Jeep

3. Hanoi: Culture and Sightseeing Tour in Vintage GAZ-69 Jeep

Tour Hanoi in a vintage GAZ-69, the classic Army jeep from the 50s and 60s during the Soviet Era. Go on a journey through the city’s many neighborhoods and get to know the Hanoi of the past and of today with a private or shared guide. Start off with pickup at your hotel or at a meeting point in Hanoi Old Quarter. Get a safety briefing from your guide before driving off on an adventure. Begin by diving straight into the labyrinth of backstreets and tiny alleyways to find out what everyday life in Hanoi is really like. Get an honest and authentic insight into the good, the bad, and the weird sides of the city. Next, drive past and visit the must-see sights, including Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, the centuries-old Buddhist and Taoist temples of Tran Quoc, the Temple of Literature, the historical train-street, the enchanting French Quarter, the Old Quarter, the romantic West Lake and Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Opera House and the famous Long Bien Bridge. On the final part of your Hanoi Jeep tour, escape the bustling city to the peaceful and alluring villages around West Lake and Truc Bach Lake. Experience first-hand how such contrasting lifestyles can co-exist between the city center and the outskirts. Find hidden tranquil spots beyond the thousands of skyscrapers. Along the way, stop at local restaurants, eateries and food stalls to savor the tastiest dishes Hanoi has to offer. Sample authentic dishes with secret recipes that have been passed down through generations.

Hanoi: Outskirts Discovery By Bike

4. Hanoi: Outskirts Discovery By Bike

Join a small group with a maximum of 12 passengers on this locally led bike trip. Leave the busy streets of Hanoi behind via a scenic road winding through the city’s Old Quarter, through the urban outskirts and into the countryside. Pass The Long Bien, Hanoi’s oldest bridge, which was built by the famous Eiffel Construction company in 1902.  Experience the beauty of Vietnam’s countryside as you cycle through back roads and along the banks of the Red River on your Hanoi village tour. See local villagers at work as your guide points out traditional rural activities and sights. Stop by a famous local artist’s house to study some popular trends of Vietnamese contemporary fine arts, including installation, body, and performance art. You will have chance to view them all here at his 2000 square meter estate. Continue your bike tour by cycling through the tranquil banana and vegetable farming area of Red River Island. There will be lots of opportunities to stop and take photos of the beautiful surroundings and the locals working on their farms. Afterwards, head off to the pottery village of Quang Ba where ceramics are stacked waiting to be taken into Hanoi by bicycle. This route takes you past the Red River’s floating houses and fields of colorful flowers. Depending on the season, you may get to see locals picking the flowers to be taken to market. Continue cycling along the river to the famous West Lake for a cup of coffee or green tea while enjoying the magnificent sunset. Back on your bike, you will return to the meeting point in Hanoi where your guide will be able to assist you in getting a taxi to your hotel.

Hanoi: Half-Day Guided City Tour on Vintage Minsk Motorbike

5. Hanoi: Half-Day Guided City Tour on Vintage Minsk Motorbike

The tour starts by picking up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter or the meeting point. Choose to have a private guide or go on a fun group tour. You will be greeted by the guide and driver for a safety briefing and introduction to your Soviet-era Minsk bike. Then, begin your urban adventure to the best sights, neighborhoods, and food spots in Hanoi. Dive into the real Hanoi and visit the more hidden parts of the city. Taste a slice of Hanoian life in the maze of backstreets, tiny alleyways, local homes, schools, and markets, experiencing where and how locals live, work, and play. Next, move onto the second part of the tour, where you’ll pass by and stop at the must-see sights. You’ll see many places, including: Ho Chi Minh mausoleum (which is considered the Mecca of the Vietnamese), The 1000-year-old Buddhist and Taoist temples of Tran Quoc, the Temple of Literature, the historical training track, the enchanting French Quarter, the hustling and bustling Old Quarter, the romantic lakes of Hoan Kiem, West Lake, the Hanoi Opera House, and the famous Long Bien bridge. You will also visit the poetic and peaceful villages and floating community along the Red River. Enrich your experience with the harmonious contrast between the city and the countryside of Hanoi. While en route between stops, grab a bite to eat at authentic local restaurants, eateries, and food stalls. Savor the tastiest Hanoi’s dishes, including family heirloom and secret recipe dishes.

Hanoi: Shopping and Food Market Tour by Motorbike

6. 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 second hand goods-selling area on motorbike will make you feel closer to the daily life of the local people. And then you will move to a Hanoi traditional restaurant for lunch. After a short rest, you will continue riding on motorbike to pass through Hanoi 36 Old Streets. You will enjoy lunch at an authentic Vietnamese local beer restaurant with a wonderful variety of unlimited food to cater for every taste. You will explore the way local people cooking. Spend time going shopping before our motorbike-riding tour guide take you back to your hotel.

Hanoi 4.5-Hour Vespa Tour

7. 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.

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What people are saying about West Lake, Hanoi

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 110 reviews

Binh my tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about the North Eastern Suburbs of Hanoi. I ended up being the only one on the tour so we could pick up the pace a bit. It was a great fun ride around the North East of Hanoi. The weather was great, sunny and early 20 degrees Celsius. Great start to the day. I would highly recommend this tour. If you enjoy cycling around NYC and around Manhattan, queens and Brooklyn, you'll love cycling around the Northern suburbs of hanoi.

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.

On time I was picked up at the hostel by Vespa. From there it went to a meeting point, where the rest of the group came. The tour is highly recommended as you can really feel Hanoi. We even drove a bit out of town. I would book it 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.