Hanoi

With more than a thousand years of rich history and beauty at every turn, brace yourself as you experience a bird’s eye view of Vietnam’s capital. You will bring your camera home full of wonderful memories!

Choose from the two options:

HANOI (Half day)

HANOI CLASSIC TOUR (Full day)  

HANOI IN-DEEP (Full day)

VESPA TOUR – HANOI MORNING LIFE RUSTIC

VESPA TOUR – HANOI SUNSET

VESPA TOUR – HANOI AFTER DARK

HANOI & ANCIENT CERAMIC VILLAGE BAT TRANG (Full day)

GOLDEN BELL SHOW

IONAH SHOW

FOUR PALACES SHOW (Tu Phu)

JEEP TOUR – FUN DRIVE AROUND

JEEP TOUR – DINING BY THE RED RIVERSIDE

HANOI STREET FOOD TOUR

COOKING CLASS BY MS. QUYEN

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HANOI (Half day)
HANOI CLASSIC TOUR (Full day)
HANOI IN-DEEP (Full day)
VESPA TOUR – HANOI MORNING LIFE RUSTIC
VESPA TOUR - HANOI SUNSET
VESPA TOUR - HANOI AFTER DARK
HANOI & ANCIENT CERAMIC VILLAGE BAT TRANG (Full day)
GOLDEN BELL SHOW
IONAH SHOW
FOUR PALACES (Tu Phu)
JEEP TOUR - FUN DRIVE AROUND
JEEP TOUR - DINING BY THE RED RIVERSIDE
HANOI STREET FOOD TOUR
COOKING CLASS BY MS. QUYEN

Starting at 13.30, our guide will pick you up at your hotel for the first visit to the temple of Literature (Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam) and the Hoa Lo prison museum (Hilton Hanoi). Then a 1-hour rickshaw (cyclo) ride to visit the trading area in the Old Quarter. During your tour around the district you will see some of the old areas and the original 36 streets which have always sold the same wares. They include  Silver Street, Silk Street and Flower Street … During your adventure through this maze of streets you will see some traditional ‘tube houses’, a style of architecture indigenous to this part of Hanoi. A stop at Hoan Kiem lake to learn more about the legend of the lake and the temple of Jade.

Finish the city tour with a stop at the food market. Back to your hotel around 5.30pm.

8.30 Meet tour guide & driver at hotel. The day is dedicated to a more in depth discovery of Hanoi beginning with a visit to Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum. This imposing monument, dedicated to the father of modern Vietnam, was constructed from marble and granite and takes the form of a styled lotus (closed Mondays and Fridays). Located nearby is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and the One Pillar pagoda, a symbol of Hanoi. Next visit the temple of Literature, or van Mieu, a structure dedicated to Confucius. Constructed in 1070, the compound soon became the first Vietnamese university.

In the early afternoon visit the renowned museum of Ethnology (closed Mondays), which houses an interesting collection of artifacts relating to the mosaic of ethnic groups that inhabit Vietnam. Then a 1-hour rickshaw (cyclo) ride to visit the trading area in the Old Quarter. During your tour around the district you will see some of the old areas and the original 36 streets which have always sold the same wares  that include Silver street, Silk street and Flower street …. During your adventure through this maze of streets you will see some traditional ‘tube houses’, a style of architecture indigenous to this part of Hanoi. A stop at Hoan Kiem lake to learn more about the legend of the lake and see the temple of Jade.

Finish the city tour with a stop at the food market. Back to your hotel around 5.30pm.

An in-depth look on the Ha Noi city side that will never be seen if you travel with a group tour.

08:30 Your insights tour starts with visiting Long Bien, the biggest Ha Noi’s wholesales fruit market which is always open 24/7. Farmers from all around Hanoi head for the area at the western end of Long Bien Bridge carrying their produce. Some sell to intermediaries, other set up their own stalls on the road. Stroll down to a favorite café corner in the Old Quarter and have coffee as locals do to start a new day.

Next is a city walk which commences at the fountain at the north end of Hoan Kiem lake (southern end of Hang Dao St). Then travel through some of the streets of the old quarter, highlighting the concept of the ‘36 trade streets’ where each street is named after the original product or service of the individual trade guilds. You see examples of traditional, French and Art Deco architecture. You will also visit a communal house and pagoda, the famous Bach Ma temple and see the house where Ho Chi Minh drafted the Declaration of Independence.

Enjoy some delicious cha ca (grilled fish) for lunch- one of Hanoi’s most revered culinary specialties or Vietnamese cuisines at a fine local restaurant.

The old citadel, first built by the Chinese in the late 600s AD, expanded into Thang Long by the Ly, Tran, and 2 Le dynasties, then dismantled and moved to Hue by one of the Nguyens, then subsequently partially rebuilt with French support, then the French domination of Vietnam – the good and the bad, culminating in the defeat of the French by the Vietnamese under the direction of Ho Chi Minh and Vo Nguyen Giap, all these are part of this tour. This walk will take place in 2 parts. In the 1st part, you’ll enter the archaeological dig of the Thang Long palace and spend about 45 minutes talking about the development of the site into an imperial citadel and the Forbidden City. You’ll then move on to the recently opened citadel where we’ll continue to talk about the establishment of Thang Long and its movement to becoming Ha Noi and talk about the beginnings of French influence. You’ll see some very early French architecture. End up at café for further discussion or chit-chat after a long day walk based on our city.

Back to your hotel around 5.30pm.

Note: Early depart is required to catch up the busiest market.

08:00 Our vintage Vespa scooter and the qualified riders pick you up at the hotel and drive to vintage motor café to gather with the group.

Meet with the guide for a short briefing about the safety guidelines and itinerary. Start your morning excursion by a ride passing through some of the most beautiful tree-lined avenues, the colonial streets before arriving at a hidden food market. Stroll around the market, observe the local people going by to buy food every day.

Our guide will present some of the special foods to help you know more about Vietnamese cuisine. Ride to sites related to the December 1972 B-52 bombing of Hanoi: Kham Thien Street to see the change and difference. Continue to small alleys and lanes to see some old apartment buildings and its overhanging “rooms built in the air”. Take a seat in a small, dark sidewalk shop, meet and interact with a local musician, share stories about life, and enjoy a lovely performance.

After you leave the bustling streets, you will arrive at some of the most romantic roads in Hanoi. Stop en route to visit an ancient local pagoda, learn about buddhism in Vietnam and the custom of ancestor worshipping in Vietnam. Short drive to the Twin Dragon restaraunt. In the panoramic view of the West lake, enjoy an outdoor drink of cold beer, soft drink, coffee, or try some snacks.

Continue to ride through the bonsai and pets street, through the corner of the new city before stopping at a local restaurant where you can taste Bun Cha – the rice noodle eaten with barbecued pork and seafood spring rolls for lunch. Return to the hotel at 12.45.

16:00 Our vintage Vespas and qualified drivers pick you up at the hotel and drive out for an afternoon for exploring the city. You will drive through some of the most beautiful treelined avenues, colonial streets, many landmarks and the hidden alleys of Hanoi.

In the afternoon sunset, enjoy the panoramic view of the city. Enjoy an outdoor drink with some snacks while observing the local life of Hanoians. This is the best opportunity to take photos and keep these moments. Optional visit to the Tay Ho temple (if time permits).

After sunset, the Vespas bring you back to hotel or local restaurant (on request). 18:00 End services.

 

18:00 Our Vespas and qualified riders pick you up at the hotel and drive to a vintage motor café. Enjoy some welcome drink while your guide makes a speech of briefing about the safety guidelines and the itinerary.

Start your evening excursion by a short ride to a local restaurant in Ngu Xa village where they are very famous for “Phở cuốn” – steamed rice paper rolled with fried beef and salad, seved with dipping sauce that is made up of young papaya and some other spices.

Leave the local restaurant, ride along the very romantic Thanh Nien road which separates Truc Bach lake and West lake, through a corner of Hanoi “new city”. The Vespa will stop at “Chả cá” restaurant. Taste the fillets of grilled fish mixed with onion, vegetables and eaten with rice noodles.

To continue your evening excursion, you will drive to Ba Dinh square. Take a stroll around, witness the changing guard or the lowing of the national flag ceremony at Ho Chi Minh mausoleum. Ride past the colonial and old quarter before arriving at the night bars.

Drink and immerse yourself in the excitement of the rhythmed music such as rock,Vietnamese love songs and jazz. Here you will have an opportunity to stand on the stage and perform yourself or listen to local talented musicians performing both in Vietnamese and English with their unique style.

Say goodbye to our guide and the Vespa riders bring you back to the hotel. 22:15 Arrival to the hotel. End services.

 

08:00 Departure to the ancient ceramic village Bat Trang, about 12 km to the north-west of Hanoi, on the edge of the red river, renowned for centuries for its products in traditional porcelain with blue decorations. Arrive at Bat Trang at around 08:45. Visit a teapot factory where you can learn the ceramic production process. Enjoy drinking some tea served into the teapot made by this factory and admire their collection in a very beautiful bonsai garden house.

Walking along the ceramic alley, you can stop in the workshops specialized for vases and decor. Then, visit the house of one of the most famous pottery artists of Vietnam, where you will have the opportunity to admire his precious artwork that made this house become the first family ceramic museum of Vietnam. After that, visit the porcelain market where you can see thousands of authentic products and you can do some shopping.

Continue discovering the ancient village of Bat Trang by traveling through narrow lanes, with many workshops and family temples. You will also visit the old town hall dedicated to the Genius Protector of the village (Dinh Lang). Have lunch in an old colonial house in the village (or in a restaurant, as your other choice).

Return to the center of Hanoi, passing through Ecopark, a new residential area in the outskirts of Hanoi. You take a relaxing walk along the avenue shaded by beautiful palm trees to discover a bit more about the city life of this new peaceful corner.

. The afternoon is dedicated to the discovery of the cultural capital of Vietnam, visiting the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, imposing marble and granite monument which takes the form of a stylized lotus, built from 1973 to 1975 thanks to the voluntary work of young pioneers (the tour takes place outside the mausoleum). Orientation tour to West Lake. Then continue to visit the Temple of Literature dedicated to Confucius, built in 1070 and soon after became the seat of the first Vietnamese university. Stroll in the old authentic area of the “36 old streets” in the late afternoon.

In the evening you can attend a performance of your choice which depends on their schedules (Water puppet, Golden Bell, Ionah, Four Palaces, My Village).

Bat Trang village: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tonkintravelvietnam/albums/72157670840251836

Want to know more about Vietnamese culture but don’t know where to start? Don’t have enough time to explore it all? Then come to us, the Golden Bell Theater, one of the oldest and most historic corners in town!

Being the only one of its kind, our show presents to you all the sights and sounds of Vietnam through 8 performances of various traditional folk styles – all in just an hour.

Get nostalgic with the tragic love stories in Quan Ho singing, or be charmed by our irresistible Cham dance, chuckle at the bizarre couples in Ly Ngua O, and laugh and cry with our various styles of Cai Luong plays. We will provide simultaneous interpretation and a lot of visual aids to make sure that you will enjoy the show, experience the life, and understand the very soul of the Vietnamese people!

Come join us at the Golden Bell Theater and embark on a splendid musical journey through the beautiful lands of Vietnam.

Show time: Every Saturday 20:00 (around 60 mins)
Address: 72 Hang Bac str., Hoan Kiem Distric, Hanoi
Website: http://goldenbellshow.vn/

Ionah Show is a unique experience combining morden dance, theater, circus, music, visual and light effects. It delivers novelty  and originality in performances and stafe effects.

The story: “Ionah” is the story of a beautiful young girl whose love for Hanoi is as pure and as strong as it is for her love. A misundersting threatens her happiness, pushing her into the darkest corners of soul. Lost in her illusion and blinded by anger, Ionah is tormented between good and evil through a series of supernatural characters.

Will Ionah escape from her illusion and be able return to life, happiness and love?

Show Time: every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 19:30 (around 60 mins)
Address: No. 87, Lang Ha Str., Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Website: http://ionah.vn/

A beautiful journey into spiritual world
A unique ritual performance of Vietnam “Len Dong”
Thousand years of history
You have never seen it before

The Four Palaces (Tu Phu) are where “spirits of the Four Palaces” (thanh Tu Phu) reside in Vietnamese indigenous religion. The colour of the clothes of mediums reflects the token colour of each of the four spirits of which they are possessed.

The four palaces are:

– Thien phu (Heavens Palace) ruled by mau Thuong Thien (goddess of the upper sky)
– Nhac phu(Forest Palace) ruled by mau Thuong Ngan (goddess of the highlands)
– Thuy phu (Water Palace) ruled by mau Thoai (Mother Water)
– Dia phu (Earth Palace) ruled by mau Dia Phu

About the show:

Traditional Vietnamese theatrical genres including tuong, chèo, chau van singing and trù singing are typically performed in traditional venues  in which audiences interact with artists in various ways, in contrast to Western theatre performances. The traditional Vietnamese performance gener with the most unique approach to space is chau van, which blends music, voices, acting, spirituality and other interactions.

Votive sculptures and installation

These are important part of the ritual. Depending on the financial situation of the medium who makes the offering, they can be simple or a great size and numbers of beautiful folk artworks. People believe God will give them more successes and happiness if the offerings are well invested. In this show, all of them are made by the Artist of three generation in making Votive sculptures and installation.

Show time: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday on the second and fourth week of each month (around 45 mins)
Session: 18:00 and 19:30
Address: Cong Nhan Theatre, 42 Trang Tien str., Hanoi
Website: http://viettheatre.com/

You are free to choose some highlight destinations of Hanoi , you would love to explore from the list which is highly recommended by our professional tour guides.

Then, a drive around the West lake and small streets will bring you lots of fun and chances to capture the daily routine of local people. The next stops in 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 for flowers and ornamental trees with eye-catching display, colorful and beautiful flowers.

Break:

Morning tour: You will have a break at the local tea or coffee house to enjoy Vietnamese traditional drinks.
Afternoon tour: You may take a break at HABECO (Hanoi Beverage Company) where brew our traditional draught beer (Bia hoi) using the brewery system built in 1890 by the French. 

Trip Notes:

Tour starts: 8:30 or 14:00
Duration of tour: 03 – 04 hours
What to bring: sun cream; sunglasses; warm coat in winter time

At 18:30 our guide and Jeep will meet you at your hotel and then start crossing the Red River.

You will stop at a hidden site on the river bank, where a cluster of local restaurants is situated, offering a great view of the river and the Long Bien bridge. The bridge was built in 1899-1902 by the French, at the time one of the longest in Asia with its 2500 meters. Nowadays it is only used for trains, pedestrians, bicycles and motorbikes. You will have dinner at a nice local restaurant nearby.

While having your meal and enjoying the view, about every 30 minutes, you will see the trains coming or leaving Hanoi slowly on the bridge like the scene of an old movie, you even can hear the sound from the train.

After the dinner, you will hop on the back of a motorbike and get taken across the famous Red River on the historic Long Bien Bridge.

The Jeep will wait for you at the other side for a drive around to see Hanoi by night; passing by the city’s landmarks before sending you back to your hotel. Tour end at about 22:00

Trip Notes:

Tour starts: 18:30pm – 19:00
Duration of tour: 03 – 3.5 hours

 

16:30 You start your excellent street food walking tour in the Old Quarter of Hanoi along the perimeter of the market, dozens of street hawkers sell a staggering variety of produce from live seafood to exotic fruits and spices. Our expert English-speaking local guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. You eat as you go, trying seasonal fruits and sampling a tasty French-inspired snack from a street cart.

Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, you tempt your tastebuds with the famed Hanoi dish Banh cuon at a local eatery. Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate for you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, you wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe local life that has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago.

Your next snack stop is at Bun cha stalls, possibly the most delicious dish all over Hanoi. Pork patties and slices of pork belly are grilled over hot coals and served with fish sauce, tangy vinegar, sugar and lime, which, when combined, creates a sort of barbecue soup that is eaten with rice vermicelli and fresh herbs. Accompanied by deep-fried spring rolls, this calorically rich dish is served with garlic and chilies on the side for an extra kick. Altenatively, you can try Banh my which is also one of the most famous street food. We sit down with the Hanoi locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bre.ad specialties that are flame grilled over hot coals for extra flavour.

It’s then time for dessert as you venture down a small alley to join in the local tradition of feasting on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk (Sinh to hoa qua) – this speciality is one not to be missed!

Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden café with stunning views over the picturesque Hoan Kiem lake. This hard-to-find café is one of the few left in the city that still serves egg coffee (Cafe trung), a scrumptious local delicacy that you will sample whilst admiring the hustle and bustle of the city centre below. Or, if coffee is not your style, a cold beer awaits!

08:00 Guide & driver meet you at your hotel, then transfer to cooking class.

This morning is dedicated to your discovery of Vietnamese cuisine. A cooking class begins with a trip to the market to choose ingredients that will be used in the class. Then we take you to a local family where we invite you to make some traditional dishes.

The cooking session lasts about 2 hours. The lunch will be an opportunity to taste dishes that you prepare. After lunch, transfer back to hotel by guide & driver

Menu:

– Bánh cuốn Thanh Trì: Stuffed pancake Thanh Tri
– Fish roll-ups
– Bún bò Nam Bộ: Beef rice noodles.


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