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Hanoi: Full-Day City Tour and Water Puppet Show

4.4 / 5

32 reviews

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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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. 47 Hang Bong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi city, Vietnam).


  • 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!
  • Transportation by shuttle bus
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Local lunch
  • Water puppet show ticket
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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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 32 reviews

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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

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.

November 21, 2019

Product ID: 52931