Guided tour

Hanoi Like a Local Private Tour

Hanoi Like a Local Private Tour

From $51.59 per group up to 2

Explore and experience the sights, smells, and sounds of daily Hanoian life. Your private local guide can show you what authentic Hanoi is truly like. Look beyond the Old Quarters, be surprised, and stumble upon hidden gems!

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Duration 2 hours
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Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Explore a true local side of Hanoi
  • Stroll through a local favorite market
  • Get closer to the community
  • Go off-the-beaten-path through many alleys
  • Enjoy a coffee at a secret cafe
Full description
Go beyond the typical tourist spots and enjoy the true heartbeat of Hanoi! This is the real deal, so expect the unexpected and see where the local community hangs out and live everyday life. On this private tour your local host can take you to places only locals know. You’ll be the only traveler in sight! Visit an everyday market that’s famous for its delicious snacks. Watch locals come and go and take a peek at the delicious meals they’ve ordered. Wander down the market with its many stalls to surround yourself with the best ingredients that Vietnamese dishes are made of. You might even pick up a secret recipe or two! Stroll around the countless old apartment blocks to get a real feel for what a local neighborhood is like. See how families of at least two generations harmoniously share a home. The infamous “tiger cages” might amaze you, so feel free to ask your local host all about them! Stumble upon one of the many recreational squares with playgrounds, bbq spots and fire pits to burn lucky money. It doesn’t take long to realize why locals love coming here! Don’t forget to check out the local kindergarten with parents buzzing by on scooters to pick up their kids. Time for some tranquil park vibes! Do as the locals do to unwind and enjoy a walk through a lusciously green park with a beautiful lake. Catch the occasional smile from salsa dancing locals and kids running around freely. Nestled on a peaceful side street lies the Buddhist temple of love that can’t be missed! Ready for some more surprises? Your guide can take you to a secret little garden gate that leads to an abandoned temple! Covered with plants and trees, this unique hidden gem feels like a jungle! Enjoy the peace and quiet before zig-zagging your way through colorful alleyways, passing a typical Hanoian graveyard, barber shops, butchers and internet cafes.  Is that the smell of coffee? Yes, it is! Top off your tour with an egg-cellent egg coffee at a hidden local cafe. It truly feels like a secret garden here!  The local hosts on your private tour are all great storytellers and can’t wait to share some unique insights with you.
  • Private tour
  • Local guide
  • 1 non-alcoholic drink
  • Pickup or drop-off
  • Additional food or drink
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

At the main entrance to the Nghia Tan market.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 /5

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Good meeting place, since no tourists. Old cafe, very hidden, no tourists, very good. Many information, eg. For example, about the housing conditions in Hanoi. I would have liked to get more contact with locals, including a visit to an apartment, to get to know the real life conditions.

May 30, 2018

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