Optional Tours/ Activities in Hanoi
Guides: Tours and Activities in Hanoi you must do
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Hanoi Optional Tours
Hanoi Old Quarter
Hanoi, located on the banks of the Red River, is one of the most ancient capitals in the world, where travellers can find well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, and unique museums within the city centre. A great place to explore on foot, this French-colonial city is also known for its delectable cuisine, vibrant nightlife, silks and handicrafts, as well as a multi-cultural community that’s made up of Chinese, French and Russian influences. We suggest the following options:
Option 1: Hanoi - Ninh Binh full day tour
7.45 - 8.30: We pick you up at your hotel, departure for Hoa Lu - Tam Coc, enjoying the beautiful sceneries of the rural areas on the way
10.30: After arriving in Ninh Binh province, the guide takes you to visit Hoa Lu - the Ancient Royal capital of Viet Nam. We will visit Dinh king temple and Le king temple.
In the 10th century, finding out the heroic histories of this two Kings in Chinese Wars. After that, we go to Tam Coc (10 km far from Hoa Lu). Have lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch you will get on bamboo boat - rowed by the local people - in Hoang Long river to visit Tam Coc (three caves) on the way. You pass through three enormous caves that provide a brief respite from the intense summer sun. It takes approximately two hours to go up and down the river and along the way, you witness local fisherfolk, village life along the river and, of course, the striking limestone karst formations that Tam Coc is famous for.
If you like to go biking, it is a good idea. You will have chance to visit real villages and amazing landscapes by bicycle about one hour (from Restaurant).
After the tour, we will then drive back to Hanoi/ or drop you off at the hotel in Ninh Binh (if you stay in Ninh Binh).
Includes: Lunch, boat trip in Tam Coc, entrance fees, English speaking guide, 1 bottle of water
Excludes: all drinks, tips, personal expenses
Option 2: Hanoi Street food by night
Pickup at the hotel at 05pm or 05:30pm (depending on the weather/time)
Your 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. We eat as we 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, we tempt our 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, we 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.
Our next two snack stops are at outdoor barbeque stalls. We sit down with the Hanoi locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bread specialties that are flame grilled over hot coals for extra flavour. It’s then time for dessert as we 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 – 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 street food restaurant to taste top ten street foods in Hanoi is Banh My Hanoi, Vietnamese Rice Wine and famous Egg Coffee. This hard-to-find café is one of the few left in the narrow street inside the old quarter of Hanoi. Or, if coffee is not your style, a cold beer awaits! At the end of the trip you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist you back to your hotel.
Note*: if you visit Hue as well, we will combine this tour with transfer from/to Hue. This helps you save the time.
Includes: All food, 1 local beer, 1 coffee, bottle of water, english speaking guide
Excludes: all drinks, tips, personal expenses
Option 3: Lang Toi - My Village Show
Lang Toi is Vietnamese Culture Show, merged of tradition and innovation, where poetic beauty of Vietnamese village life is presented under new cirque approach using iconic bamboo; breathtaking cirque and twenty different exotic folk instruments performing live.
Show performs live at Hanoi Opera House: 01 Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi - A walking distance from hotels in the Old Quarter.
Includes: Ticket for the show
Excludes: Transfers from/to your hotel
Option 4: Hanoi Vintage Vespa and Food Tour by night
Pickup at the hotel in Hanoi. Our Vespa take guests to sample the best dishes that Vietnam has to offer! This is a great way to see parts of the city that most tourists don't get the chance to see or even hear about of the night life. Taking you to the most popular street stalls, hidden alleyways and of course where the locals love to hang out with their friends. Then drive you to a popular street coffee where you will experience the hustle and bustle of this city with popular lemon-tea drinks and sunflower seeds. Enjoy the most famous food in Hanoi Call Bun Cha and spring rolls especially the place Obama came to eat here. Our next stop ride to the French quarter to see the Opera house chance to take beautiful picture for you and learn some history of the area
Then We get on the back of Vespa again continue to the next place for food, we will ride through pass the beautiful ceramic road and Chuong Duong Bridge to have Banh Xeo "Vietnamese pancake " and " Nem Lu " kind of spring rolls. The exciting rides in organized, chaotic traffic takes you to a local restaurant with authentic food and then to small alleys to try a different versions of Pho, " Pho Chien Phong, Chien trung, Pho Cuon " and many different Vietnamese dishes that are world famous and the opportunity to try all typical of the food here
A ride around the big lake is a romantic sight of Hanoi that most travelers rarely have the chance to see, which you will experience a big "wow" factor. This will surely make you say "I’m happy that I did this trip!" Continuing with the tour, ride Vespa's around Hanoi city and drive past Ho Chi Minh mausoleum stop for take picture of the night time. A few minute rider to next stop for Egg coffee shop next to the railway train track we will have chance to see train come through and enjoy your egg coffee ! Now it's time to hang out with the young Hanoian crowd in a local bar with trendy at acoustic live music, or option "jazz music " Here you will have an opportunity to take the stage and perform yourself or listen to local musical talent performing both in Vietnamese and English, showing off their unique style and talent. Come with us on our Vespa Tour and experience your own personal Hanoi, making new friendships and everlasting memories!.
Includes: food and drinks as mentioned, Vintage Vespa, English speaking guide, 1 bottle of water
Excludes: other drinks, tips, personal expenses