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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,...

  • From Hanoi: 2-Day Ha Long Bay Cruise with Activities

    2. From Hanoi: 2-Day Ha Long Bay Cruise with Activities

    Day 1 After getting picked up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter, head to Halong Bay for check-in at noon. Enjoy a welcome drink and onboard lunch before heading to Canh Son Cave where you can admire uniquely shaped limestone formations. Afterward, return to the cruise ship and enjoy some free time to relax or sunbathe. Later, kayak through the picturesque landscapes of Bai Tu Long Bay, followed by a cooking class with the onboard chef. Sit down to a delicious Vietnamese dinner before doing a spot of fishing or grabbing a drink at the bar.  Day 2 After breakfast on board, watch the sunrise over the bay before heading to the ancient Vung Vieng floating village. Soak up the village's quiet and peaceful atmosphere and admire the surrounding rocky mountains as you float around on a traditional bamboo boat. When you get back to the boat, have lunch as you ...

  • Hanoi Old Quarter: 1-Hour Cyclo Tour

    3. 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.

  • Dong Ho Village, But Thap & Dau Pagodas Full-Day Tour

    4. Dong Ho Village, But Thap & Dau Pagodas Full-Day Tour

    Experience the ancient wood block paintings of Dong Ho and visit two magnificent pagodas on this culturally and spiritually-enriching one day tour. You leave Hanoi for the village of Dong Ho, famous for the ancient painting technique of wood block printing. Folk painting is one of the special cultural features of Vietnam. Prints are made on paper produced from local trees, and paints made from natural materials like clay and rocks, gardenia flowers, and charred bamboo leaves. See these beautiful paintings for yourself, spend some time with local villagers and learn about the fascinating techniques and materials used. Next you drive to But Thap Pagoda where you will find one of the finest pagodas in all of Vietnam and known as Vietnam's first Buddhist center. Spend some time exploring the pagoda and look out for the Avalokitesvara or Goddess of Mercy statue. With no fewer than 11 faces,...

  • From Hanoi: All-Inclusive Overnight Ha Long Bay Cruise

    5. From Hanoi: All-Inclusive Overnight Ha Long Bay Cruise

    Day 1 After getting picked up from your hotel in Hanoi, enjoy a relaxing 3-hour journey to Hai Phong. Upon arrival onboard the ship, enjoy a welcome drink and listen to your cruise safety briefing as you cruise past Da Chong islet, where you can see a lighthouse built by the French over 100 years ago. Later, sit down to a traditional Vietnamese lunch and get the opportunity to sample some local dishes while you sail through the Con Vit and Gia Luan islets, admiring the beauty of the extraordinary Cua Van area along the way. Stop to explore Ba Trai Beach or go for a swim in the crystal-clear waters of the bay. In the evening, enjoy a complimentary sunset party on the sundeck with local wine and fresh fruits. For dinner, sit down to a delicious local meal then feel free to join in one of the nighttime activities. You could do some squid fishing, watch a movie, have a dri...

  • Lan Ha Bay to Halong Bay: 2-Day 5-Star Cruise from Hanoi

    6. Lan Ha Bay to Halong Bay: 2-Day 5-Star Cruise from Hanoi

    Day one: Hanoi - Halong - Lan Ha   • Lunch and dinner included Begin with pickup from your hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter by limousine. Set off toward Halong Bay on a 2.5-hour ride, arriving in Hai Duong province for a 20-minute break. Get to the Tuan Chau Harbor at around 11:30 AM and then transfer by speedboat to the cruise ship. Enjoy a welcome drink upon embarkation and meet the captain and crew for a brief introduction about the cruise and safety guidelines. Check in to your cabin. Settle in for Vietnamese seafood and a vegetarian set menu lunch while cruising in the magnificent Halong Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations along the way. Continue cruising through Con Vit Islet (Duck Islet), Thumb Islet, and Gia Luan Harbor, part of the Cat Ba area. Discover the natural lagoon area within Lan Ha Bay. Drop anchor for swimming or just simply sunbathe on on the deck. Head bac...

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

    7. 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: Shopping and Food Market Tour by Motorbike

    8. 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 se...

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

    9. 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

    10. 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.

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What people are saying about Hanoi

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,246 reviews

I was looking for a course on tea techniques and was happy to find one in Hanoi. The reviews were also positive. Indeed I highly enjoyed this course on tea&coffee practices. The guide was happy to teach, had a really good sense of humour in english, patient and easily responded to my questions. And I liked knowing more about vietnamese culture, daily life. I highly recommend.

The two day cruise in Halong Bay was one of the best things we did in Vietnam. The boat was very nice. The cabins had dark wood and big windows. We also enjoyed the balcony where we took a lot of photos from. After our kajak tour we went in the hot tup and drank some happy hour drinks. The staff was very friendly without being too much.

It s a great tour. You don t want to miss it. Very nice and friendly guides, good hotel with great food and kind staff. The walk is fantastic as the scenery.

Doan was very friendly and enthusiastic. I enjoyed the conversation as much as the tea and coffee. This was the highlight of my trip to Hanoi!

Best time to travel during pandemic. Very little tourist. Less stressful and frustration. Bad for tourist companies but it was great for me