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Hanoi Like a Local

From £45 pp

Hanoi, Vietnam

7 Hours

Private Group of 1-10

Hanoi Like a Local

What You'll Do

Kick-off your adventure in Vietnam with a tour of Hanoi that shows you the highlights, but also gets you off the beaten track and unearths some local gems hidden in the maze of streets and alleyways.

Throw yourself into the madness of Hanoi on foot to begin with. Although the traffic is mental, Hanoi is a city best discovered from the ground. So by exploring on foot, by the end of the day, you’ll have a great feel for the capital.

Start at 10:00 am by heading to Ngoc Temple, the gem at the heart of the sapphire blue body of water that is Hoan Kiem Lake. Here, your local guide will provide you with an overview of Vietnamese culture and religion.

Then, join the insane traffic on the traditional red cyclo (don’t worry, you’re just a passenger) and experience being part of the scooter and bike tsunami that washes its way through the streets.

Continue to Hoa Lo Prison, where you will gain a deeper understanding about the Indochinese wars and how they shaped the culture, the people and the country as a whole.

You’ll then stroll back towards the atmospheric Old Quarter, to stop along the train tracks that run right through the streets. Crash at a local bar and try the Hanoi institution ‘Bia Hoi’.

This refreshing, freshly brewed beer is a staple in these parts, and you could spend hours in the friendly atmosphere watching trains rattle through the streets as you sip. Try some incredible street food whilst you’re here – pho, banh mi, bun cha, or even the Hanoi classic of egg coffee.

In the evening, prepare for some ancient Vietnamese tradition at a water puppet performance. This northern tradition, dating back nearly a thousand years, is performed alongside traditional Vietnamese music that employs drums, wooden bells, horns and bamboo flutes.

Finally, say goodbye and enjoy the rest of your stay in Vietnam! Your guide will be happy to recommend any accommodation, places to go or eat as you continue your adventure.


Try some of the best street food in the world at the locals' favourite spots

Join the whirlwind traffic on a white-knuckle cyclo ride

Get to grips with Vietnamese culture, religion and history to get under Hanoi's skin

Your Local Host:


Lam started off working for an NGO, organizing events that support the implementation of sponsorship and promotional activities. Having a college education in Languages & International Studies and Tourism & Travel Management, Lam supports Quynh Anh as Operation Assistant based in Hanoi. Lam loves to travel through Vietnam and beyond.

Location Information

Your guide will pick you up from your accommodation at around 10 am, then drop you back off there at the end of the tour.

  • Transport
  • Entrance fees
  • Street food
  • Water puppet show
  • English speaking local guide