West Lake, Hanoi

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Hanoi: Amazing Morning Biking Tour

1. Hanoi: Amazing Morning Biking Tour

Your tour guide will you at your hotel and give you some brief information about the biking route. Start the trip by cycling along the Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural along the Red River. It has been listed in the Guinness World Records as the longest pottery-decorated road in the world. Stop at the Quang Ba flower market, which is the floral hub for wholesalers who arrive with bundles of roses and chrysanthemums tethered to their bikes and mopeds. One day when you are far away from Hanoi, you will miss the colorful and fragrant corner of Quang Ba flower market. Next, go to Ba Dinh Square, where you can witness the flag-raising ceremony at dawn in front of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. On the way to West Lake, you will have a chance to do exercise and dance with locals beside a romantic lake. The last stop-over is the local market, which is busiest in the morning so it’s the best time to experience all the hustle and bustle! At the end of the tour, sit down at a local good restaurant to enjoy Pho – a Vietnamese dish that is world famous. Refresh your mind with a traditional Vietnamese green tea.  

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Legendary Hanoi: Full-Day City Tour & Water Puppet Show

2. 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, Friday, Saturday, Sunday Stop in at museum of ethnology. This superb museum showcases the depth of Vietnamese cultural diversity with an astounding collection of 15,000 artifacts gathered from throughout Vietnam. Maps, displays and dioramas are labelled in Vietnamese, French and English. Displays portray a typical village market, the making of comical hats and a Tay shamanic ceremony; videos show the real thing. You can also check out a traditional Black Thai house reconstructed in the museum. There's also a center for research and conservation where scientists from all over the world study traditional Vietnamese cultures. Take a break to enjoy a water puppet show that demonstrates a well-loved traditional Vietnamese art form. Later, explore the Old Quarter by yourself or get a taxi back to your hotel. - OPTION 2: Monday Depart for Bat Trang ceramic village which is about 20 kilometers (about 12 miles) away from Ha Noi, this is a pottery village with a half-milleary historic development. 03.30 - 04.00 PM: Take the car come back the Old Quarter for the water puppet show. Take a break to enjoy a water puppet show that demonstrates a well-loved traditional Vietnamese art form. Later, explore the Old Quarter by yourself or get a taxi back to your hotel. Finish an unforgettable full day in Hanoi Sightseeing!

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Half-Day Hanoi Foodie Tour by Motorbike

3. Half-Day Hanoi Foodie Tour by Motorbike

The tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in the morning. Meet the group at a cafe in the Old Quarter. Sit on the street and drink egg coffee or tea. Start your tour around Hanoi’s Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake, see the famous old buildings up close and feel the atmosphere of the local people doing business. Arrive at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where you will have a guided tour, on foot, with a professional tour guide to talk you through its history and answer any questions you may have. Afterwards, ride around the city, outside of the Old Quarter, where most tourists don’t visit, past by some of the majestic, historical buildings to the edge of West Lake and stop for Vietnamese tea.  Followed by this, ride around West Lake, past some of the most expensive real estate in Vietnam, with a number of short stops for photo opportunities. Stop for lunch. Enjoy lunch at an authentic Vietnamese restaurant with a wonderful variety of unlimited food to cater for every taste. After lunch you will be taken back to your hotel. 

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Hanoi 4.5-Hour Vespa Tour

4. Hanoi 4.5-Hour Vespa Tour

Discover Hanoi's most important landmarks and its way of life on this fun Vespa tour around the city. Travelling on a Vespa will provide you with a unique and exciting taste of Hanoi, experiencing the past, present and future. Your Vespa guide will navigate you to the must-see landmarks, away from the tourist areas that only a true native Hanoian would know. Some of the places included in the tour are the City Gate, Long Bien Bridge, West Lake, Tay Ho Temple and Van Nien Pagoda. Enjoy an authentic local lunch at a special restaurant and continue your trip to visit Ngu Hiep lake, home to a B-52 bomber wreckage, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - a 1000-year-old citadel and finally the French Quarter.

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Hanoi: Shopping and Food Market Tour by Motorbike

5. 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 second hand goods-selling area on motorbike will make you feel closer to the daily life of the local people. And then you will move to a Hanoi traditional restaurant for lunch. After a short rest, you will continue riding on motorbike to pass through Hanoi 36 Old Streets. You will enjoy lunch at an authentic Vietnamese local beer restaurant with a wonderful variety of unlimited food to cater for every taste. You will explore the way local people cooking. Spend time going shopping before our motorbike-riding tour guide take you back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about West Lake, Hanoi

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 115 reviews

Le Xuan (Sam) was an excellent tour guide. He ensured I was safe, gave a good overview of the history of some of the sights we visited, and was very personable. It was great to get to know him as a tour guide and on a personal level. What should one expect during or as part of the tour: 1. An early start time. I was picked up at 5:30AM. 2. To sweat especially if you’re nervous about traffic on a narrow street. 3. To try food and drinks you might not be used to. 4. Light traffic during the early hours. 5. You’ll stop a few times along the way to take in some of the sights.

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

The participants were from Russia, Georgia, the United States, France, India and I, Japan, etc. I enjoyed talking internationally, enjoying lunch (very delicious) and enjoying the chat. The English of the participants was very natural and I realized the importance of English again.

Good trip with an insight into rural life close to the city. Met a farmer who seemed happy for us to see how he and his wife live. The city tour was also interesting for a glimpse of the past.

Definitely the best way to discover Hanoi ! The drivers were safe and really nice. Excellent street food experience