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Hanoi: Full-Day City Tour and Water Puppet Show

4.5 / 5

35 reviews

Activity provider: Crossing Vietnam Tour

Hanoi: Full-Day City Tour and Water Puppet Show

Activity provider: Crossing Vietnam Tour

From US$ 45 per person

Experience an unforgettable day exploring Hanoi on a guided tour with lunch in the Old Quarter. Visit museums, pagodas, temples, and much more. Enjoy a traditional water puppet show.

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Duration 1 day
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Hotel pickup is possible from the Old Quarter Area.


  • Visit important pagodas and temples, and admire the city’s lakes and parks
  • Learn about Vietnamese history as well as its culture
  • Sample delicious Vietnamese cuisine on the street just as the locals do
  • Enjoy a traditional water puppet show
Full description
8.00- 8.30: Get picked up by our friendly guide and start to explore Hanoi City 08.45: Arrive at Tran Quoc Pagoda located on Golden Fish IsLand in West Lake. It is the oldest pagoda in Ha Noi built in the 6th century. 09.30: Visit Ho Chi Minh complex, you have a chance to see the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh then walk around the garden to see 2 houses where he lived & worked from 1954 to 1969. Then visit One Pillar Pagoda where worships the Godess of Mercy – It is the most unique padoga in the world Should dress modestly by covering from shoulders to knees when visiting Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, temples, pagodas… Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum is closed on Mondays and Fridays. Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum is closed at least 2 months (15thJune -15thAugust) for the annual maintaining but still can take picture Mausoleum and visit around that area 11.15: Visit Vietnam Ethnology Museum to learn about the culture of 54 ethnic groups living in the whole country of Vietnam Special Note : we will visit Women Museum instead of Ethnology Museum closed on Mondays 12.45: Have lunch at our restaurant. You have an opportunity to enjoy Vietnamese cuisine with 8 delicious dishes. 14.00-14.15 : Continue to visit Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam, established in the 11 century 15.15: Leave for Hoa Lo Prison Museum which originally used by the French colonists in Indochina for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam for U.S. prisoners of war during the Vietnam War. During this later period, it was known to American POWs as the "Hanoi Hilton 16.15 -16.30: Tour finishes. Drop off at the Water Puppet Theater 17.20: Enjoy your Water Puppet show for about 1 hour
  • Transportation by shuttle bus
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Local lunch
  • Water puppet show ticket
  • Drink for lunch
  • Tips for tourguide& driver
  • Personal expenses or any thing not mentioned above
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • On Monday and Friday mornings, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum are closed
  • The itinerary may change due to weather and operating conditions
  • Special requests for food should be sent before your departure date
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 35 reviews

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Wonderful tour with an amazing guide. Lee was so friendly, knowledgeable and a real pleasure to have him as our guide. Great detailed information at each stop, while also allowing some time for ourselves, to take all the photos we wanted. Water puppet show was also very nice. Thank you very much to Lee for a wonderful day! Fully recommend this tour.

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September 24, 2022

The tour was really nice and the tour guide was very nice and tried hard. The bus driver, however, was in a bad mood and unfriendly. All in all a nice day. You can do the tour, but you don't have to. In the heat, it was a more comfortable and affordable option for me.

June 12, 2019

Definitely recommend this tour

Thought this tour was great value. Our guide Mr T was very interesting. Lunch was great and catered for vegetarian for me. We had the option to visit the Museum of Ethnology instead of seeing Ho Chi Minh' s body because of the very long queue at this time of year and we appreciated the option. Also booking online was so easy with instant confirmation and follow up email (I only booked when in Hanoi 2 days before tour).

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March 28, 2018

Product ID: 52931