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West Lake, Hanoi

West Lake, Hanoi: Our most recommended tours and activities

Hanoi Jeep Tours: FOOD & CULTURE in Vietnam People Army Jeep

1. Hanoi Jeep Tours: FOOD & CULTURE in Vietnam People Army Jeep

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: Full-Day City Tour and Water Puppet Show

2. Hanoi: Full-Day City Tour and 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!

Hanoi Old Quarter & Red River Delta Cycling Tour

3. Hanoi Old Quarter & Red River Delta Cycling Tour

Discover Hanoi Old Quarter & Red River Delta 1/2 Day by Cycling (Morning tour from 8.00 am till 12pm – Afternoon tour from 1.30pm am till 5.30pm Meet up at 7:50 or 13:15 at our office at 20 Hang Muoi Street with a brief introduction of the trip as well as safety instructions on how to navigate safely through Hanoi on a bicycle, we set off towards the famous Street Murals, along the Train Street. The journey starts. On this cycling tour we furthermore take you through the most interesting parts and markets of the Old Quarter and move on towards the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum area where we will take narrow-car-free-alleys to hidden backyards so you can get a real feel of how life has been here for centuries. Cycle along beautiful tree-lined streets and take in the fresh air around the West Lake area, Tran Quoc Pagoda and Truc Bach Lake. Experience how tranquil and peaceful it is just 5-minutes from the buzzling Old Quarter of Hanoi when we cycle on narrow roads through impressive banana plantations and vegetable gardens on Banana Island that cover the fertile grounds of the Red River Delta. The noisy city suddenly seems very far away… Finish the trip while cycling back through the Old Quarter. (If you would like to have lunch with special food, you can book directly with us with price from $10 - $20 USD/person with a lot of options as Bun Cha - Barbecued pork with noodle, Fresh Spring rolls, Traditional Vietnamese Lunch...)

Half-Day Hanoi Foodie Tour by Motorbike

4. Half-Day Hanoi Foodie Tour by Motorbike

The tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in the morning. 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. Visit St.Joseph Cathedral and Hanoi Big Opera House. After that, 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 definitely can not miss Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in Hanoi. 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 local food store. After lunch you will be taken to an infamous coffee place where they make our Vietnamese traditional egg coffee. Have a sip and the taste will carry you away. End of tour the guide will drop you off at your hotel

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.

Hanoi 4.5-Hour Vespa Tour city tour

6. Hanoi 4.5-Hour Vespa Tour city 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.

Private Hanoi: Outskirts Discovery By Bike

7. Private Hanoi: Outskirts Discovery By Bike

Leave the busy streets of Hanoi behind via a scenic road winding through the city’s Old Quarter, through the urban outskirts and into the countryside. Pass The Long Bien, Hanoi’s oldest bridge, which was built by the famous Eiffel Construction company in 1902.  Experience the beauty of Vietnam’s countryside as you cycle through back roads and along the banks of the Red River on your Hanoi village tour. See local villagers at work as your guide points out traditional rural activities and sights. Stop by a famous local artist’s house to study some popular trends of Vietnamese contemporary fine arts, including installation, body, and performance art. You will have chance to view them all here at his 2000 square meter estate. Continue your bike tour by cycling through the tranquil banana and vegetable farming area of Red River Island. There will be lots of opportunities to stop and take photos of the beautiful surroundings and the locals working on their farms. Afterwards, head off to the pottery village of Quang Ba where ceramics are stacked waiting to be taken into Hanoi by bicycle. This route takes you past the Red River’s floating houses and fields of colorful flowers. Depending on the season, you may get to see locals picking the flowers to be taken to market. Continue cycling along the river to the famous West Lake for a cup of coffee or green tea while enjoying the magnificent sunset. Back on your bike, you will return to the meeting point in Hanoi where your guide will be able to assist you in getting a taxi to your hotel.

West Lake & French Quarter: Private Fun Jeep Drive

8. West Lake & French Quarter: Private Fun Jeep Drive

Choose from the list of fantastic Hanoi destinations and then head off on an adventure. Drive around the West Lake and the small streets and witness the daily routines of local people from the Jeep. The next stops on this trip are Hoang Hoa Tham Street and the former French Quarter. Hoang Hoa Tham Street is well known as one of the three traditional markets which sell flowers and ornamental trees with an eye-catching display of colorful and beautiful flowers. On the morning tour, you will have a break at a local tea or coffee house to enjoy Vietnamese traditional tea or coffee. In the afternoon you may take a break at HABECO (Hanoi Beverage Company) where traditional draught beer (Bia Hoi) is brewed using the brewery system built in 1890 by the French.

Hanoi: City Highlights Tour with Transfer and Lunch

9. Hanoi: City Highlights Tour with Transfer and Lunch

8h00 – 8h30: We pick you up at your hotel. We start to visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, including Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum - the final resting place of Vietnamese great father or Uncle Ho, President Ho Chi Minh's stilt house - where Uncle Ho lived and worked from 1958 to 1969, then visit Ho Chi Minh Museum where tourists will learn about his devotion for Viet Nam. 10h30 : We continue our trip to Tran Quoc pagoda, Budhist relics and national heritage, lying on one side of West Lake. 11h00 : Then we’ll proceed to visit one of these : Option 1 : Bat Trang Ceramics & Pottery Village ( On Mondays – Fridays ) Option 2 : Vietnam Museum of Ethnology ( On Tuesdays – Wednesday - Thursdays – Saturdays – Sundays ) 12h30 : Have lunch at a local restaurant. 13h30 – 13h45 : Continue to visit Temple of Literature – The first university in Vietnam. 15h30 : Leaving for Hoan Kiem Lake to visit Ngoc Son Temple where worships General Tran Hung Dao – The most talented general of Vietnam in the ancient time. 16h30 : The Trip end ! Back to Hotel

Historical Hanoi Private Scooter Tour with Lunch

10. Historical Hanoi Private Scooter Tour with Lunch

Explore the interesting history of the beautiful capital of Hanoi on the back of a motorbike. See the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Old Quarter, French historical museum, Vietnamese Women’s Museum, Temple of Literature, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and The West Lake. After pick-up by your driver-guide from your hotel, the first destination is a local coffee shop where you will enjoy unique egg coffee, a specialty of Hanoi, while you discuss the tour program. Start the tour by visiting a local market in Hanoi. Exploring the market is an exciting way to understand the culture. Continue the tour by visiting the Temple Of Literature to learn about how education in Vietnam worked from the past until now. The next attraction is the Vietnamese Women’s Museum, a wonderful place to learn about the history of women in Vietnam.  After that, it is already noon so take a break at one of the best vegan restaurants in Hanoi and learn all about Vietnamese vegan cuisine. After the wonderful meal, your last visit is to Long Bien bridge which is a historic cantilever bridge across the Red River that connects two districts, Hoan Kiem and Long Bien.

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What people are saying about West Lake, Hanoi

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 114 reviews

I recommend Vietnam's history thirsty Ho Chi Minh era. The guide Mr. Tony talks with incredible commitment. People who want to enter the Uncle Ho mausoleum have a chance only in the summer. Only then is it open to visitors. I recommend the option from the Ethnographic Museum, the second option is a visit to the vessel manufacture with a 4-story store. Cool but unsatisfied.

Duc was an excellent tour guide with a breadth of knowledge on the history of vietnam and Hanoi. We saw some spots which we would never have found on traditional tours such as the ‘Eiffel tower’ and enjoyed dinner at the hidden gem restaurant.

A fun way to see the city and bits you wouldn’t usually be exposed to. The drivers are friendly and funny and Tony was a delight. Lunch was great too!

We had a great guide (Tam). The food was delicious. We discovered great places that we would never have found without Tam. It was a great tour!

Superb tour . Knowledgeable guide . Insightful highlights. Great food . Value for money .