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Hanoi City: Full-day Charming Cultural Tour

1. Hanoi City: Full-day Charming Cultural Tour

Your shared or private tour will begin as you are picked up from your hotel before being to the historic complex of Ba Dinh. You will visit Ba Dinh Square, where the former President Ho Chi Minh read Vietnam’s Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945. You will visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and One-Pillar Pagoda, a must-see monument in Ha Noi. The One-Pillar Pagoda is an ancient Buddhist pagoda which is supported by only one pillar and resembles a lotus blossom. You will also visit Van Mieu and Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature), the first imperial school in Vietnam. Lunch will later be served at a local restaurant, after which you will pay a visit to the Women’s Museum (which is listed among Asia’s top 25 museums (closed on Mondays). The museum honors Vietnamese women throughout history, and includes displays of the country's recent history as well. Exhibits include: “Women and Ethnicity”, “Women and the National Struggle”, "Vietnam Women’s Association and Feminism”, “Women and Traditional Costumes” and “Women’s Cultural Traits Expressed Through Handicrafts”. Following the museum, you will take a cyclo (pedicab) ride around the “the 36 meandering streets” of Ha Noi’s historic Old Quarter and visit Tran Quoc Pagoda as well as Quan Thanh Temple. At the conclusion of your cultural experience, you will be returned to your point of origin.

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Private Half-Day Hanoi City Tour: Mausoleum, Temple & Pagoda

2. Private Half-Day Hanoi City Tour: Mausoleum, Temple & Pagoda

Morning Tour The tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in the Old Quarter and take you to visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, which is an important place of pilgrimage for many Vietnamese. A traffic-free area of botanical gardens, monuments, memorials and pagodas, it’s usually crowded with groups of Vietnamese who come from far and wide to pay their respects to 'Uncle Ho'. Within the complex are Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House and the Presidential Palace and the One Pillar Pagoda. The next stop is the Temple of Literature, the first university of Vietnam which was built in the 10th century under the Ly Dynasty and greatly influenced by Confucianism. Then, at the Hoan Kiem Lake, you will have time to take some pictures before joining a 30-minute car tour or 30-minute cyclo tour around the Old Quarter to experience the exciting local daily life. A cup of coffee will be served after. Afternoon Tour The tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in the Old Quarter. The tour takes you to some famous highlights and destinations in Hanoi such as Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh House on Stilts and the Temple of Literature. After taking a rest with a cup of coffee at the hidden coffee shop, the tour continues with: (Please choose one of these options below) - Option 1: 30-minute electric car tour around the Old Quarter to experience local life. - Option 2: 30-minute cyclo tour around the Old Quarter to experience local life. - Option 3: Enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Show to know more about the ancient local life as well as Vietnamese's culture. At the end, the car will drop you off at your hotel.

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Hanoi: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Live Commentary

3. Hanoi: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Live Commentary

Enjoy the unique experience of the Hanoi city hop-on hop-off bus tour. The tour route has 15 stops and passes more than 30 famous attractions, allowing travelers to explore and experience the city in their own way. With this 24 or 48-hour ticket, you can discover the city at your leisure. Pass through: • Stop 1: Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square – Hoàn Kiếm Lake (Mon-Fri) Hanoi Opera House – (Sat -Sun) • Stop 2: Le Thai To’s Statue – 30 Le Thai To Street, Hoan Kiem Dist. • Stop 3: St. Joseph’s Cathedral - 4B Trang Thi Hoan Kiem Street, Hoan Kiem Dist. • Stop 4: The Flag Tower of Hanoi - 28A Dien Bien Phu Street Ba Dinh Dist. • Stop 5: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - Opposite to 49 Dien Bien Phu Street Ba Dinh Dist. • Stop 6: Quan Thanh Temple - Thanh Nien Street, Quan Thanh Dist. • Stop 7: Tran Quoc Pagoda - Thanh Nien, Yen Phu Dist. • Stop 8: Northern Gate Church - 6 Hoang Dieu Street, Ba Dinh Dist. • Stop 9: The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long - 26 Hoang Dieu Street, Ba Dinh Dist. • Stop 10: One Pillar Pagoda – Hung Vuong and Tran Phu Crossroad • Stop 11: The Temple of Literature - Opposite to 63 Quoc Tu Giam Street, Dong Da Dist. • Stop 12: Hoa Lo Prison Relic - Opposite to 52A Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hoan Kiem Dist. • Stop 13: Museum of Vietnamese Women - 39 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hoan Kiem Dist. • Stop 14: Hanoi Opera House – 1 Trang Tien Street • Stop 15: Hanoi Post Office - 175 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hoan Kiem Dist. Other sights along the way include the Temple of Literature, Hoa Lo Prison Relic, the Museum of Vietnamese Women, the Hanoi Opera House, and Hanoi Post Office. The hop-on hop-off buses operate from 9:00 AM to 6:15 PM. An English-speaking guide is available on board to help you get off at the right stop. Audio commentary is available in 10 different languages.

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Hanoi Highlights: Full-Day Small Group City Tour with Lunch

4. Hanoi Highlights: Full-Day Small Group City Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a full-day tour of Hanoi with Tour guide and get a local's insight into Vietnam’s mythology, traditions and customs. Visit cultural and historical sites, such as the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, as well as everyday locales such as the houses of the Old Quarter. Following a pick-up at your hotel by your guide and driver, go to the Ho Chi Minh Complex to discover the heart of Viernam at “Uncle Ho’s” Mausoleum. Standing before the mausoleum are 79 cycad trees, symbolizing Ho Chi Minh’s 79 springs of life, while 2 bamboo ranges whistle in the wind to commemorate the former president and Father of the Nation. See the nearby house-on-stilts and quaint One-Pillar Pagoda, built out of wood for the 11th-century Emperor Lý Thái Tông. Continue to the Enthnology Museum - a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. The mission of the Museum is scientific research, collection, documentation, conservation, exhibition and preserving the cultural and historic patrimony of the nation’s different ethnic groups Next visit would be the Galary of Lacque Paiting Collection. The best of handicraft of the north of Vietnam. Then you would have lunch at Local restarant with the deep touch of the art of Hanoi Cuisine. You will then visit the Temple of Literature, the site of Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070 and originally built as a temple to Confucius. Inside you can see the stone steles mounted on the backs of turtles, which have the names of Vietnam’s best scholars inscribed. The temple highlights the importance that Vietnamese society place on education both now and in the past. After the lunch. In the afternoon, explore the vibrant eastern sector of Hanoi, including Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, and Huc Bridge. Walking around the Old Quarter and mingle with the locals as they go about their hectic lives. End with a 30-minute Cyclo Tour around the Old Quater of Hanoi to have the best view of life of Hanoian.

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Hanoi Old Quarter: 1-Hour Cyclo Tour

5. Hanoi Old Quarter: 1-Hour Cyclo Tour

After departure from the meeting point, which heads out once every hour, sit back and relax with your driver pedaling you from behind. Enjoy an unobstructed view, and take plenty of photos. The Old Quarter, with its unique architecture from the French colonial times, is the heart of Hanoi and is home to many city highlights. Observe the Dong Xuan Wholesale Market, Joseph Cathedral Church and the Opera House. Take in the beautiful view from Hoan Kiem Lake for the perfect photographs of the city. Ride with the cyclo at the perfect pace to enjoy some of the 36 shaded streets of this historic district. Admire the products made and sold on each street, such as sugar, bamboo, leather or silver.

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Hanoi: Half-Day Guided City Tour

6. Hanoi: Half-Day Guided City Tour

With ochre-colored colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards, and scenic lakes, Hanoi is a capital city brimming with charm. Choose from a shared or private guided 4-hour tour, and visit some of the city’s most renowned heritage sites, such as Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam (the Temple of Literature), the first Imperial school in Vietnam, built in 1070 during the dynasty of King Ly. The history of Hanoi dates back for over one thousand years and boasts different cultural characteristics to other Vietnamese regions. Along the tour, you’ll also get the chance to discover why by visiting many important landmarks including Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, But Tower, Dai Nghien, and the Huc Bridge, as well as traversing the ‘36 meandering streets’ of Hanoi’s historic Old Quarter to get a taste of the city's bustling local life. Exploring Honoi this way with the help of your expert local guide will help make your visit to Vietnam a memorable one.

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Hanoi Night Lights Food Tour by Motorbike

7. Hanoi Night Lights Food Tour by Motorbike

Your tour guide will collect you from your hotel in the evening. Meet the group and have a full safety briefing about the tour. Then set off to tour around Hanoi’s Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake and be amazed at the lively small alleys that are not even noticeable during the day. Take a number of short stops to take photos and learn about the history of the Old Quarter. Ride around the city, outside of the Old Quarter, where most tourists don’t visit, past some of the majestic, historical buildings. Enjoy eating a range of small Vietnamese snacks. Ride past Red river & Long Bien Bridge to see the night lights outside Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Then stop for Dinner. Experience dinner at an authentic Vietnamese Restaurant with a wonderful variety of unlimited food to cater for every taste. Travel down a historical street and enjoy Vietnamese traditional sweet desert. You will have the option for your tour guide to take you to any location in the Old Quarter or to your hotel. 

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

8. 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!

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Hanoi Must-See City Full Day: Museum of Ethnology & Lunch

9. Hanoi Must-See City Full Day: Museum of Ethnology & Lunch

Your tour guide and driver will pick you up so please provide details of your hotel to confirm the pick-up service. Visit the Ho Chi Minh complex and have a chance to see the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh then walk around Ho Chi Minh garden to see the 2 houses where he lived and worked from 1954 to 1969. Visit the One Pillar Pagoda where people worship the Godess of Mercy. It is the most unique padoga in the world. Also visit either Bat Trang ceramics and pottery village or the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology depending on the day. Have lunch at a restaurant. Have an opportunity to enjoy Vietnamese cuisine including many delicious dishes. Continue to visit the Temple of Literature – the first university in Vietnam in the feudal system. See the Tran Quoc Pagoda – first built in Ha Noi in the 6th Century. You will see the oldest Bodhi Tree in Vietnam planted by Ho Chi Minh. Leave for Hoan Kiem Lake to visit Ngoc Son Temple where people worship General Tran Hung Dao who defeated the Mongolian invader in the 13th Century. After visiting the One Pillar pagoda, get to visit the Lacquer Paintings workshop – the biggest center in Ha Noi Then depending on the day, visit one of these : - Option 1 : Bat Trang ceramics and pottery village (On Mondays – Wednesdays – Fridays ) - Option 2 : Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (On Tuesdays – Thursdays – Saturdays and Sundays)

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Private Hanoi City Tour: HoChiMinh Mausoleum & Water Puppet

10. Private Hanoi City Tour: HoChiMinh Mausoleum & Water Puppet

Enjoy a full-day tour of Hanoi with a private guide and get a local's insight into Vietnam’s mythology, traditions and customs. Visit cultural and historical sites, such as the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, as well as everyday locales such as the houses of the Old Quarter. Following a pick-up at your hotel by your guide and driver, go to the Ho Chi Minh Complex to discover the heart of Viernam at “Uncle Ho’s” Mausoleum. Standing before the mausoleum are 79 cycad trees, symbolizing Ho Chi Minh’s 79 springs of life, while 2 bamboo ranges whistle in the wind to commemorate the former president and Father of the Nation. See the nearby house-on-stilts and quaint One-Pillar Pagoda, built out of wood for the 11th-century Emperor Lý Thái Tông. Continue to the Quan Thanh Taoist Temple, one of the Four Sacred Temples of Hanoi. Journey by eco car (optional) into the Old Quarter and mingle with the locals as they go about their hectic lives. In the afternoon, explore the vibrant eastern sector of Hanoi, including the Museum of History, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, and Huc Bridge. Journey by eco car into the Old Quarter and mingle with the locals as they go about their hectic lives. End with a unique water puppet show and experience an art form conceived by Vietnamese peasants hundreds of years ago.

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What people are saying about Hoan Kiem Lake

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 158 reviews

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.

really fun wandering down dark corridors to find some of the best hidden foods of Vietnam.

The activity was easy to book as web site easy to use My tour was good value for money

Booked online at short notice and the voucher was accepted without hesitation.

A great tour and a great opportunity to explore the small streets of Hanoi.