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Hanoi: Water Puppet Show Tickets

1. Hanoi: Water Puppet Show Tickets

Skip the lines at the Water Puppet Theater with this service that includes show tickets. Choose from several Water Puppet Show times. Experience one of Vietnam's most memorable and traditional art forms during a live 50-minute performance. The art of water puppetry has a distinct Vietnamese identity. It came into existence more than a thousand years ago in the Red River Delta. In its earliest days, water puppetry portrayed the daily life of villagers – in farming and fishing activities, children’s play and in romance. Today the performance also brings in ancient legends and myths.

Hanoi: Cooking Class in a Local Villa with Market Tour

2. Hanoi: Cooking Class in a Local Villa with Market Tour

Taste the culinary delights of Hanoi and try your hand at making them. Take part in a cooking class that provides an immersive experience of traditional Vietnamese life. Shop for local ingredients before cooking and eating your own Vietnamese culinary delights over a shot of local wine.  Take a visit to a typical Vietnamese market and experience daily life for people here. Once you have selected your delicious and fresh ingredients head to the local villa and unwind ready for your cooking experience. This exciting program is the ideal way to enjoy an authentic cultural and culinary experience. This activity does not take place at a professional cooking school, but rather at in cozy kitchen, making it perfect for home cooks who want to learn how to cook Vietnamese food accompanied by cultural story sharing. Nurture your passion for cooking, even as a beginner.

Hanoi: Food, Culture, Sight and Fun Army Jeep Tour

3. Hanoi: Food, Culture, Sight and Fun Army Jeep Tour

Tour Hanoi in a vintage GAZ-69, the classic Army jeep from the 50s and 60s during the Soviet Era. Go on a journey through the city’s many neighborhoods and get to know the Hanoi of the past and of today with a private or shared guide. Start off with pickup at your hotel or at a meeting point in Hanoi Old Quarter. Get a safety briefing from your guide before driving off on an adventure. Begin by diving straight into the labyrinth of backstreets and tiny alleyways to find out what everyday life in Hanoi is really like. Get an honest and authentic insight into the good, the bad, and the weird sides of the city. Next, drive past and visit the must-see sights, including Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, the centuries-old Buddhist and Taoist temples of Tran Quoc, the Temple of Literature, the historical train-street, the enchanting French Quarter, the Old Quarter, the romantic West Lake and Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Opera House and the famous Long Bien Bridge. On the final part of your Hanoi Jeep tour, escape the bustling city to the peaceful and alluring villages around West Lake and Truc Bach Lake. Experience first-hand how such contrasting lifestyles can co-exist between the city center and the outskirts. Find hidden tranquil spots beyond the thousands of skyscrapers. Along the way, stop at local restaurants, eateries and food stalls to savor the tastiest dishes Hanoi has to offer. Sample authentic dishes with secret recipes that have been passed down through generations.

Hanoi:Private Tour Quang Phu Cau Incense Village,local lunch

4. Hanoi:Private Tour Quang Phu Cau Incense Village,local lunch

Option 1: Go in the morning -Quang Phu Cau incense Village Hafp day. Visit Quang Phu Cau incense village on a half-day private tour from Hanoi. Learn about the incense production process and admire the colorful displays. 8hPM: Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi, depart for Quang Phu Cau. Once there, watch as locals dry incense sticks and arrange them in various shapes. Remember to have your camera ready to take photos of the beautiful incense bouquets. Meet local people who have been making incense for generations. After you have seen incense at different stages of production, 11:30am: Car takes you back to Hanoi center. 12.30pm. Experience the rustic dishes of local people such as Bun Cha, Bun Ca, Bun Bo, .. then sip a cup of egg coffee at the train station and return to the hotel. Option 2: If the weather not good we orgainse tour Ha Noi city 7:30 AM: Pick-up at your hotel or agreed meeting point. 7:45 PM: Visit Hoa Lo Prison, a place that holds harrowing stories from the wartime period and the resistance of political prisoners. 9:00 PM: Proceed to the Temple of Literature, a significant historical and cultural site in Hanoi. You can admire the classical architecture and learn about its importance in education and knowledge. 10:30 PM: Arrive at Tran Quoc Pagoda, located on a small island in West Lake. Explore this ancient pagoda and enjoy the serene atmosphere. 11.30 PM: Explore Train Street, a unique area where trains pass closely by houses. Experience the everyday life of locals living alongside the railway. 12:00 PM: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant with traditional dishes. 1:00 PM: Conclude the tour with a visit to Long Bien Bridge. Take a stroll on the bridge, admire the views of the Red River, and the city lights.Dong Xuan Market - bigggest local market in Ha Noi , you can buy something souvernier 3.00: Finised tour. Drop your Hotel. This itinerary offers you a diverse day of exploring history, culture, and knowledge in Hanoi, Vietnam. Make sure to take your time at each destination and create memorable experiences along the way. Tour can departure orgainse in the morning or Afternoon if you want .

Hanoi: Street Food Walking Tour & Water Puppet Show

5. Hanoi: Street Food Walking Tour & Water Puppet Show

The tour guide will welcome you at your hotel lobby, then start the walking tour in the old quarter '36 streets' to visit some famous and specialized food stalls and local restaurants. Watch as it is made and taste some particular dishes (The company can customize vegetarian food or something for other special requirements). The old quarter in Hanoi is over one thousand years old and today retains much of the old flavor that made the area special in earlier times. Each street was the exclusive domain of one trade (guilds) so there are whole streets of blacksmiths, silver shops, paper shops, headstone makers and more. Originally there were just 36 streets in the old quarter but today there are more than 50. Although many of the streets are short and the area is rather compact. It can be very difficult to find local food on your own in the hidden alleys or sidewalks, certainly the best way to experience street food is with a local. In this special tour learn about Vietnamese cuisine, culture, people and language. You will have a unique experience trying the foods of the local Hanoi people; the food is handled hygienically and comfortable venues are provide for the tastings. The benefit also goes back to the vendors or restaurants / families as the food is bought directly from them. Later, the guide will bring you to enjoy a Water Puppet show which is a unique variation on the ancient Asia puppet tradition and is a Vietnamese tradition dating back to the 11th century. Supported by a large rod placed under the water and manipulated by experienced puppeteers, the wooden puppets appear to be dancing over the water, telling folk tales. It’s entertaining and suitable for all audiences. At the end of your Hanoi tour you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist you with directions or a taxi back to your hotel.

Hanoi: Vegan Vietnamese Cooking Class in a Local Villa

6. Hanoi: Vegan Vietnamese Cooking Class in a Local Villa

Our Vegan Cooking Class offers vegans a unique opportunity to indulge in delicious Vietnamese Cuisine specially crafted to meet their dietary needs. And more than a cooking course, we would like to spread the image of Vietnamese Vegan Cuisines in relation to our belief in Buddha. Our activities thus begin with a short visit to a local market to see the colorful fresh vegetables and fruits and try to choose your ingredients. This spectacular adventure awaits you at our cooking class will give you the chance to explore Vietnam beyond the ordinary. At our kitchen cum cultural hub, you can make 4 Vietnamese vegan recipes with the help and instructions along with cultural stories from our cooking instructors. We will do cooking together like a local family. This is also a chance for you to learn how to make Vietnam vegan seasonings and marinades as well as enjoy your cooking creations. Note: Our Vegan Days are opened every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday morning. For other dates, please consider a Private option and contact us to get advice of the customized schedule and menu. The maximum number of participants for a group experience is 10. If you prefer a private class for more than 15 participants, please contact us for advice on the pricing and itinerary. Our class is organized in the 500m2 local villa with a beautiful garden, which can accommodate up to 45 people.

Pedaling Through Hanoi's Hidden Gems and Banana Island

7. Pedaling Through Hanoi's Hidden Gems and Banana Island

Hi friends! My name is Sang and I invite you to join me on a wonderful bike tour through Hanoi. I'll take you for a spin and show you Hanoi like you otherwise never experience! We will approximately cover 10 km or 6 miles and visit some of Hanoi's most iconic and inspiring locations. The tour is safe and for all fitness levels! I am passionate about sports, culture, and anything out of the ordinary, whether it be people, things, or concepts. In my free time, I enjoy taking my road bike to explore the greater Hanoi area. I have lived and worked in Hanoi as a local tour guide and storyteller for as long as I can remember. I can't wait to share my passion for Hanoi and my love for cycling with you! Hop on and join the ride Highlights: Visit hidden gem learn more about the daily life of the local people. Join the bustling traffic in Hanoi Discovering Hanoi is very different from tourist destinations Visit hidden area like banana island Enjoying traditional Vietnamese food Itynerary: You will move to the pre-arranged location in the tour I have set up to choose suitable bikes The cycling schedule around Hanoi that you mentioned covers some of the popular tourist spots in and around the city. Here's a brief overview of each location: Banana Island: Located on the West Lake, Banana Island is a small island that can be reached by a short boat ride. It's a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, with lush greenery and a beautiful view of the lake. Long Bien Bridge: This historic bridge spans the Red River and was built by the French in 1903. It's a popular spot for photography and offers a stunning view of the river and the surrounding area. Old Quarter: The Old Quarter is the heart of Hanoi and is known for its narrow streets, ancient temples, and bustling markets. It's a great place to experience the city's vibrant street life and sample local street food. Train Street: Located in the Old Quarter, Train Street is a narrow street that has a railway track running through it. Visitors can watch as the train passes through the street, just inches away from the houses and shops on either side. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: The mausoleum is the final resting place of Vietnam's revered leader, Ho Chi Minh. It's a grand building made of marble and granite, and visitors can view his embalmed body inside. Lake B52: This lake is named after an American B-52 bomber that crashed into it during the Vietnam War and you can sit and chat with the locals people. Today, it's a peaceful spot where locals come to fish and relax. Finally, we will have lunch with local dishes such as Bun Cha, Banh Mi, Pho Cuon, Pho,.... Cycling around these locations is a great way to see Hanoi and experience its culture and history. However, it's important to be aware of traffic and road conditions, and to wear appropriate safety gear while cycling.

Hanoi street food tour: Try the best foods with local

8. Hanoi street food tour: Try the best foods with local

Experience a street food walking and culture tour through Hanoi Old Quarter. Explore different hidden food shops or the shop that owned by local family for a long time in Hanoi, starting with small pieces of each dish and finishing with dessert plus a cup of famous egg coffee. In between courses, I will show you Hanoi's history, art, and architecture. We will try some of the best specialties from Vietnam, for example: Beef noodle salad (Bun bo nam bo), Vietnamese bread (Banh mi), Kem xoi and many more to offer. This experience is not simply a street food experience; it also provides a profound insight into Vietnamese cuisine's history, culture, and religion. All you need to do is show up with an empty stomach! VEGETARIAN/ VEGAN are available. But we'll eat at local shop, so will be onion/bean sprout/no meat. It will not diverse like "specific vegan restaurant" but still delicious.

Hanoi Vintage Motorbike Tours : FOOD, CULTURE, SIGHT & FUN

9. Hanoi Vintage Motorbike Tours : FOOD, CULTURE, SIGHT & FUN

The tour starts by picking up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter or the meeting point. Choose to have a private guide or go on a fun group tour. You will be greeted by the guide and driver for a safety briefing and introduction to your Soviet-era Minsk bike. Then, begin your urban adventure to the best sights, neighborhoods, and food spots in Hanoi. Dive into the real Hanoi and visit the more hidden parts of the city. Taste a slice of Hanoian life in the maze of backstreets, tiny alleyways, local homes, schools, and markets, experiencing where and how locals live, work, and play. Next, move onto the second part of the tour, where you’ll pass by and stop at the must-see sights. You’ll see many places, including: Ho Chi Minh mausoleum (which is considered the Mecca of the Vietnamese), The 1000-year-old Buddhist and Taoist temples of Tran Quoc, the Temple of Literature, the historical training track, the enchanting French Quarter, the hustling and bustling Old Quarter, the romantic lakes of Hoan Kiem, West Lake, the Hanoi Opera House, and the famous Long Bien bridge. You will also visit the poetic and peaceful villages and floating community along the Red River. Enrich your experience with the harmonious contrast between the city and the countryside of Hanoi. While en route between stops, grab a bite to eat at authentic local restaurants, eateries, and food stalls. Savor the tastiest Hanoi’s dishes, including family heirloom and secret recipe dishes.

Hanoi Street Food Tour Authentic Cuisine

10. Hanoi Street Food Tour Authentic Cuisine

Do you know how to make the rice paper, it really a thin rice paper, but how can we do it ? Have you try a meat ball that marinated with so many ingredients and then grill on coal fire, the smell of grill meat will spread the fragrant smelly in a widen place that make you stomach want to dance and contain the "Meat Ball "right away, Street food in the old quarter has plenty of options. We can easily customize your favorite at any time, please let me know your requirement as soon as possible About 11:00/17:00 , We will welcome you at your hotel lobby, collecting all guest to our meeting point then start walking around 4Km in the old quarter "36 streets" to visit some famous and specialized- food families or stalls/ local restaurants Try variety of street foods and drinks such as: Bún chả ( Grilled pork with noodle), Phở bò, gà ( Beef, chicken noodle soup), Bún ốc (Snail noodle soup), Bánh cuốn ( Steamed rice paper rolls), Bánh gối ( Pillow cake), Nem rán ( Fried spring rolls), Bánh tôm (Shrimp cake), Bánh Mỳ (Vietnamese sandwich), Chè ( Sweet gruel soup), Bánh Bao (Vietnamese dumpling), Bánh khoai, chuối ( Sweet potato, Banana cake), Hoa quả dầm ( Mixture fresh-fruit), Bia Hơi (Fresh beer), Trà đá (Iced tea), Café trứng (Egg coffee)

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4.5 / 5

based on 1,233 reviews

The tour was wondefull. Being part for a bit of the creative caos traffic in Hanoi is an experience that will let you feel more like a traveller and not a turist. We covered many spots I would not be able to see otherwise in my limited time. The guide was very kind, with perfect english and answering all my questions about culture, society, history of Vietnam. They also added a stop to took me into a place where I could find some camera films. The food and coffee was great. I recommend the tour very highly!

The food tour was amazing with our tour guide Stella. Really recommend you go with her. And we have Louisa as our instructor for the egg coffee class. Nice experience when you try to make you own Vietnamese infamous coffee. You get to draw flowers, hearts, all kinds of shape. I’ll definitely try to make it again at home!!!

Tour started on time and Ruby was a great guide with perfect English. Very informative tour around the local market covering a lot of history, culture, fun facts and traditions. Then the cooking was exceptional. Highly Recommended

Best experience ever! Dana was our chef for today and she was amazing. From picking you up at the hotel, perfect communication! To teach us everything at the market and the cooking class was next level!! 10/10

The tour was great. However, what would make it even more fantastic to go with the "Instagram-worthy" title is to offer professionally taken pictures as an add-on service.