Hanoi city tour

Tour destination:


From $29

  • Temple of Literature, Vietnam museum of Ethnology
  • Enjoy water puppet theater


  • Visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology;
  • Visit the Temple of Literature – the first Royal National University in Vietnam;
  • Explore Hoa Lo prison – the “Hanoi Hilton” where John McCain was held in Vietnam war period;
  • Cooking class, Vietnam water puppet show at your disposal to learn more about Vietnamese tradition and cuisine.

Itinerary of Hanoi city tour

Tran Quoc Pagoda & West lake in the morning

Our tour guide and bus will pick you up from the hotel around 8 AM then head to visit Tran Quoc Pagoda. It is an iconic ritual spot located on an island in the east bank of West Lake, with more than 1000 years of history and is recognized as the oldest pagoda in Thang Long – Hanoi. It also was the Buddhist center of Thang Long citadel from 10th to 14th century (the Ly and Tran dynasties). The tour guide will introduce its historical and architectural values and tell you another interesting story about Tran Quoc Pagoda an West lake.

Meeting point: Your hotel/stay
Start time: around 8 AM

Tran Quoc Pagoda
9.15. am: Ho Chi Minh complex

Visiting Ho Chi Minh complex which consists of Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, the presidential palace, Uncle Ho’s house on stilts – where He lived and worked from 1954 – 1969) to learn more about the life of Vietnamese hero through artifacts and tour guide’s stories.

– On Monday and Friday morning Ho Chi Minh mausoleum and museum are closed, instead of by Vietnamese women museum.
– All clients should not wear sort clothing to come in the mausoleum.

10h00: Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Undoubtedly, this is the most exciting and Must-see Museums in Ha Noi. The museum has indoors and outdoors section, while the in – housed display evidence of Vietnam ethnic about the festival and daily and spiritual life. The outdoors display numerous of houses modeling after the traditional architecture of ethnic minorities and hold many activities make the museum stand out from the rest. Shortly, this is a fascinating and informative place for those who want to learn about the culture and traditions of Vietnam

House model in Vietnam museum of ethnology
12.15.pm: Lunch Time

Take a break;

1.30.pm: The temple of literature (The first university in Vietnam)

As the first university in Vietnam which was built more than 1,000 years ago, Temple of Literature will give tourists a deeper understanding of Vietnamese culture and tradition.

02h30: Hoa Lo prison

Hoa Lo prison was built in 1899 by French for the original purpose of kept political prisoners here awaiting sentencing at the nearby Court of Justice. In Vietnam war’s time, It is used as a prison for US pilots and officers who had been shot down and captured. They called it, sarcastically, the “Hanoi Hilton”. American senator John McCain was held there at various times during his five and a half years as a POW.

Hoa Lo prison – must-see historical in Hanoi

Tourist will choose four options below to continue Hanoi city tour

Option 1: Old quarter exploring

Continue Hanoi city tour with the guide into the Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where you’ll then have a chance for some shopping and exploration. Tour ends around 15h30 – 16h00.

Hanoi old quarter
Option 2: Cooking class

Learn more about Vietnamese traditional cuisine by taking part in a Hanoi cooking class tour. Under the guidance of experienced Chelf, you are learned to cook some traditional meals like Hanoi spring roll, green papaya with spices beef. Along with that are stories about food, cultural and life of Hanoi

Hanoi cooking class tour
Option 3: Water puppet show

Hanoi city tour will be concluded by a Vietnam water puppet show – a traditional performance that dates back as far as the 11th century in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. Then the tour will finish around 17h00 – 17h30

Vietnam water puppet show

Option 4: Cyclo city tour

Taking a Cyclo to explore the Old Quarter in the late afternoon will be the best choice for who want to soar into the local life here.

Cyclo in Hanoi Hanoi city tour

Price of Hanoi city tour

Tour Price: USD/pax

Private tour
Join Group Tour
01 pax
02 – 03 pax
04 – 05 pax
Price / pax105
For DELUXE option (Cyclo tour, Cooking class or Water puppet show): Extra $15 each people
  • Children Price
    • Free of charge for babies (0 – 3 years old)
    • Children from 4 to under 8 years old: 50% of adult rate
    • Child from 9 years must pay the full adult rate
  • Tour inclusive
    • Transportation in  van with A/C;
    • Tour guide;
    • Lunch/tea or coffee as mentioned in Itinerary;
    • Entrance fees.
  • Tour exclusive
    • Food and drinks, unless specified above
    • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Pick-up
    • For group tour: the pick-up time will be flexible within 15 minutes
    • For private tour: the pick-up time is up to the guest, it is customizable
    • The hotel pick-up must be at in city central area, in case your hotel accommodation is outside of this area, please kindly inform us about that.
  • Cancelation policies
    • More than 7 days before arrival: 10% of total tour price.
    • Within 1 day to 7 days before arrival: 30% of total tour price.
    • Within 12 hours to 24 hours before starting time: 50% of total tour price.
    • Within 12 hours before starting time: 75% of total tour price.

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