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  • Hanoi: Private Mausoleum and Ethnology Museum Tour

    1. Hanoi: Private Mausoleum and Ethnology Museum Tour

    At around 8:00AM, your guide will pick you up from your the hotel and transfer you to the Tran Quoc Pagoda. The Tran Quoc Pagoda is a Buddhist relic, and national heritage lying on the west lake. Following the pagoda, you will continue to visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and House on Stilts. The Mausoleum is the final resting place of Viet Nam’s greatest father, Ho Chi Minh. You can feel his modesty when visiting the House on Stilts, where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked from 1958 to 1969. Next, you will be impressed by a one-pillar pagoda’s special architecture, and the old tale hidden behind its construction. The Ethnology Museum is considered one of the largest museums in Vietnam, reflecting the diversity of 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam. At around 1:00PM, you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in the old quarter. Following this, you will visit the Temple of Literature Imperial Academy,...

  • Hanoi Old Quarter: 1-Hour Cyclo Tour

    2. 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.

    However, we were a little disappointed as we gave a small tip but the drivers expected more and were a little unhappy. We were told that tips were included in the price.

  • Hanoi: Traditional Ao Dai Dress and Non La Hat Rental

    3. Hanoi: Traditional Ao Dai Dress and Non La Hat Rental

    If you are looking for an authentic experience in Hanoi, don't miss out on this Ao Dai rental service. Immerse yourself in the Vietnamese culture wearing a beautiful Ao Dai of your choice strolling through the scenic streets of Hanoi. Wear your Ao Dai along with a Non La conical hat and get ready for a one-of-a-kind experience. The Ao Dai is a deeply ingrained part of Vietnamese culture and mind. Seize the opportunity to wear an Ao Dai that has carried its national identity and spirit since its creation. An outstanding work of art, the Ao Dai is also popular in modern culture and worn by flight attendants, teachers, bankers, and students. Embark on a self-guided photo tour in your Ao Dai and take stunning pictures in front of famous monuments such as the Hoan Kiem Lake, Opera House, Cathedral or the Long Bien Bridge. Make your stay in Vietnam unique and memorable.

    Ao dai interests me to try it in one day in Hanoi . I took many photos in most of major sites with this Ao dai. It was also good point when a staff here helped me to choose suitable ao dai and also spoke very good English . This is very great for everybody to keep memory in Hanoi with ao dai.

  • Hanoi: 3-Hour Guided Tour with Puppet Show and Egg Coffee

    4. Hanoi: 3-Hour Guided Tour with Puppet Show and Egg Coffee

    Discover the beauty of Hanoi's Old Quarter on this 3-hour guided walking tour. The tour guide will tell you all about the locations that you will be visiting along the way. Start the tour by visiting Hoan Kiem Lake and the historical Bach Ma temple. To learn about the local lifestyle, the tour guide will lead you to one of the traditional Dong Xuan market. Enjoy a cup of Vietnamese egg coffee with its unique texture and aroma. The tour guide will also show you the Long Bien Bridge, an iconic 100-year-old bridge built by the French. Lastly, you will visit the Lotus theatre to enjoy a traditional 45-minute puppet show performed on the water.

  • Hanoi Night Lights Food Tour by Motorbike

    5. 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 fo...

    Tea was a wonderful guide. No other bookings so it was a solo tour and the food and informative chats were quite enjoyable. Discovered some really local local spots that would generally be intimidating to a solo foreign traveler.

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

    6. 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....

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

  • Ha Noi: Private Sightseeing Car Tour

    7. Ha Noi: Private Sightseeing Car Tour

    Start the tour in the morning when a private car will pick you up from your hotel. Set off for your first destination in Hanoi, the Tran Quoc Pagoda on the West Lake. Take a stroll around this Buddhist relic and national heritage sight. Then, continue your visit to Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and stilt house to learn more about his life and final resting place. Lying on one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda - an iconic symbol of Hanoi. After that, head over to the Ethnology Museum to learn about the 54 cultural groups who have lived and still inhabit Vietnam. Stop for a lunch break at a local restaurant in The Old Quarter. Once you've finished lunch, pay a visit to the Temple of Literature - considered to be the first university in Vietnam where many talents for the dynasty have been educated. Your final destinations will be Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple where you can lea...

  • 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, ...

  • Half-Day Hanoi Walking Tour

    9. Half-Day Hanoi Walking Tour

    Enjoy an afternoon walking tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter and see historic attractions as well as local markets, homes, and shops. Meeting at Dinh Tien Hoang, transfer to the north shore of Hoan Kiem Lake for the start of your walk. Stop at Ngoc Son Temple, located on an island at the north end of the lake which is connected to the mainland by a bridge. Continue to Hang Be to soak up the vibrant atmosphere of one of the city’s busiest markets where residents shop for all manner of goods. Stroll to the Historic House on Ma May Street. Built at the end of the 19th century, the heritage home was restored in 1999 to preserve the old architecture of Hanoians before the encroachment of modern-day life. Wander down busy streets, passing street stalls, and stopping at Hang Quat Street to visit an old stamp maker. Continue to St. Joseph’s Cathedral, built by the French in 1887. Then end at a café...

    Our tour guide was friendly and hospitable and had extensive knowledge of the old quarter having grown up there himself. A great afternoon!

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

    10. 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, docume...

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

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What people are saying about Hoan Kiem Lake

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 379 reviews

This was an excellent street food tour with our guide Jenny. Interesting, friendly and knowledgeable, Jenny made it fun too and was was happy to answer all our questions. We had bun cha, fried and fresh spring rolls, papaya salad, banh mi & egg coffee. We finished off ourselves with a Hanoi beer on the street. All very clean and tasty and felt we were in safe hands. We did our cyclo tour mid way through and it was fun seeing the old quarter buzzing at night.

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

Our guide was very knowledgeable and had very good English. We were able to try many varieties of street food and learn about the traditional culture and history around them. The puppet show was another great insight into Vietnamese culture, and something very unique we had never experienced before.

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

Doris was a wonderful and funny guide. thank you so much.