Hỏa Lò Prison

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Hanoi: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

1. Hanoi: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

See Hanoi at its best from the eyes of a local in just 3 hours. Check out prime landmarks like Hoa Lo Prison, Ta Hien Street, St. Joseph's Cathedral and hear unique insights that only a local would know. Uncover hidden gems and city secrets along the way that will show you an authentic side of the city with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Fully experience the local flare with an included local treat to make your city tour a complete experience.

Hanoi: City Highlights Tour with Transfer and Lunch

2. Hanoi: City Highlights Tour with Transfer and Lunch

8h00 – 8h30: We pick you up at your hotel. We start to visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, including Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum - the final resting place of Vietnamese great father or Uncle Ho, President Ho Chi Minh's stilt house - where Uncle Ho lived and worked from 1958 to 1969, then visit Ho Chi Minh Museum where tourists will learn about his devotion for Viet Nam. 10h30 : We continue our trip to Tran Quoc pagoda, Budhist relics and national heritage, lying on one side of West Lake. 11h00 : Then we’ll proceed to visit one of these : Option 1 : Bat Trang Ceramics & Pottery Village ( On Mondays – Fridays ) Option 2 : Vietnam Museum of Ethnology ( On Tuesdays – Wednesday - Thursdays – Saturdays – Sundays ) 12h30 : Have lunch at a local restaurant. 13h30 – 13h45 : Continue to visit Temple of Literature – The first university in Vietnam. 15h30 : Leaving for Hoan Kiem Lake to visit Ngoc Son Temple where worships General Tran Hung Dao – The most talented general of Vietnam in the ancient time. 16h30 : The Trip end ! Back to Hotel

Private 4-Hour Jeep Tour: Hoa Lo Prison & The Downed B-52

3. Private 4-Hour Jeep Tour: Hoa Lo Prison & The Downed B-52

Visit Hoa Lo Museum, called the Hanoi Hilton by American pilots during Vietnam War, and Vietnam Military History Museum, where you can find documents from the Vietnam War, Indochina Wars, and thousands of years of war with China. See Huu Tiep Pond in Ngoc Ha Village, where a part of a B-52 bomber that was shot down in 1972 is preserved. Pass by Hanoi’s crazily busy streets, which are always full of motorbikes, and then go through pleasant tree–lined streets dotted with small parks and yellow colonial-era villas. Today, these one-time colonial villas house foreign embassies, a university, and various government buildings.

Private Hanoi: Crowd-free Morning Highlights of the City

4. Private Hanoi: Crowd-free Morning Highlights of the City

Dive into the sights, sounds, and smells of the bustling city on this Hanoi city tour, a great way to see some of the major Hanoi highlights. Start the city tour with a visit to the Temple of Literature. Originally built in honor of Confucius by King Ly Thai Thong in 1070, a university was added to the grounds six years later. The university provided education to the royal family and children of the aristocracy or "mandarins". The University remained here until King Gia Long moved the country’s administrative capital from Hanoi to Hue at the beginning of the 19th century. Drop into a traditional tea house to taste some of the best Vietnamese flavored green teas and listen to thousand-year-old stories explaining the significance of tea leaves to local cultures. Tea is even better when served with some authentic snacks such as sweetened lotus seeds and green bean cake.  Continuing on the Hanoi tour, head to the Hoa Lo Prison museum. Used by French Colonists for political prisoners till 1954 and later by North Vietnam for American POWs, the prison complex was sarcastically nicknamed the “Hanoi Hilton” by American pilots during Vietnam War (1954-1975). Famous ex-prisoners of war include Pete Peterson (the first US ambassador to a unified Vietnam in 1995) and US Senator John McCain. Your next stop will be the largest and oldest church in Hanoi. St Joseph’s Cathedral was built in 1886 with an architectural style often compared to the Notre Dame de Paris, this Gothic Revival church is not only a religious site, but is also a popular photoshoot backdrop for local teenagers.  Continue to the heart of Hanoi - the Hoan Kiem Lake, with its magnificent Huc Bridge and Ngoc Son temple. Experience the spiritual harmony of different religions coexisting in the same place. Then, stop for lunch for a traditional bowl of pho, a definite must-do while you're in Vietnam, before ending the tour. You may then continue your own exploration of the area or your tour guide will assist you in getting a taxi back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Hỏa Lò Prison

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 30 reviews

When I first arrived in Hanoi, I was overwhelmed by the busy traffic and chaotic-ness of Hanoi city. I didn’t dare to do much so I booked a private tour. My guide Anne is superb! I really enjoy the chat and cultural interactions with her. Being a foodie, Anne has recommended me to the local food scene which completely changed my view of the beautiful Hanoi! Would definitely recommend Anne if this is your first time to Hanoi and wants to get a great overview of the old city. Anne is a great ambassador of Hanoi! A small feedback for the tour provider. Would suggest to provide full description of the tour, i.e. walking tour, only covering the old quarter etc. Nonetheless I still have great fun thanks to Anne! Definitely a 5 stars experience for me ;)

Met up at the opera house with the tour guide and our guide was small group and called Flower . Her English was very good and knowedge of all the sites too along with the food was excellent as was a local street cafe plus also went to a local tea place . We then were left on own to visit the literature place

Our tour guide was amazing. She was so knowledgeable with the city, the history, and current events in the area. She was so positive even in a heavy thunderstorm making our experience fun and exciting. We are truly grateful for the opportunity.

kay explained a lot to me and was able to answer all my questions. highly recommended!

Sung, my guide was very good. Excellent English. Would highly recommend him