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Hanoi: Islands, Caves, and Kayaking with Cruise in Halong

1. Hanoi: Islands, Caves, and Kayaking with Cruise in Halong

Discover the beauty of Ha Long Bay on a cruise and a guided Kayaking tour. Transfer from your hotel in Hanoi and stop to shop for souvenirs along the way. Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch on a cruise to the Thien Cung cave. Get closer to the islands on a leisurely kayaking tour. After you’re picked up at hotels located in Old Quarter of Hanoi, head out on the drive to Halong Bay, making a short stop half way to visit crafts workshops, where you’ll see marble stone sculptures, plaque paintings, and hand-embroidered items. On your full-day excursion continue on the scenic drive to Halong, reaching Tuan Chau Island pier from 12:00 PM to 12:15, and board the traditional cruise. You’ll be greeted on board and then enjoy a fresh seafood lunch. Have a chance to take in the tranquil beauty and breathtaking scenery from the deck of the boat. During the cruise you’ll enjoy views of tiny islands with their rock arches, sheer cliffs, innumerable white sand beaches, and peaceful coves. Like sculpted cartoon characters, these limestone islands have fanciful names, such as Incense Burner, Stone Dog, and Fighting Cock (which is the symbol of Halong Bay). You will then head on to Thien Cung (Heavenly Palace Grotto). Explore its huge chambers adorned with stalactites and stalagmites of all kinds. Finally, enjoy 45-minutes of kayaking or paddling a bamboo boat around the islands and water tunnels at the World Natural Area recognized by UNESCO. Return to the Tuan Chau pier from 16:30 to 17:00 and board the bus that will take you back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi from 19:00 PM to 19:30 Menu for lunch: 1: Tomato/ cucumber salad 2: Fried potato 3: Steam shrimp 4: Fried eggs roll 5: Fried squid  6: Deep fried seafood spring rolls 7: Fried chicken with mushroom 8: Steamed fish with tomato sauce 9: Fried vegetable (available upon season) 10: Steamed rice 11: Fresh fruit 12: Afternoon fresh fruit and tea

Hanoi: Guided Street Food Tour

2. Hanoi: Guided Street Food Tour

Benefit from pick-up in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and get an introduction on how to greet someone in Vietnamese! Then, experience everyday life as you brave the traffic and walk the streets. Learn about the history and culture of Vietnam as you sample 10 or more dishes at some of the city's best eateries and small restaurants. Try a variety of foods, such as nộm bò khô (papaya with dried beef salad) bún chả (grilled pork with rice noodles) and an authentic pho (rice noodle soup). Try some nem phở cuốn (fried and fresh spring rolls), bánh cuốn (steamed rice pancake rolls) and bánh mì (sandwich). Indulge your sweet tooth with bánh gối (fried pillow-shaped cake) and bánh rán (donuts). Wash it down with trà đá (ice tea) or bia hơi (beer), and end with dessert tastings such as chè (sweet soup). End at Hoan Kiem Lake or get dropped off at a location suitable to you.  

Hanoi: Small-Group Street Food Walking Tour

3. Hanoi: Small-Group Street Food Walking Tour

Take a 3-hour guided walk through Hanoi's old quarter with a local guide. Get an insight into the traditions of Vietnam’s food culture. Stop at a local restaurant to try banh cuon (filled rice noodles) and watch as skilled chefs demonstrate how this tasty dish is created. Next, enjoy pho (noodle soup), which is Vietnam’s most famous dish. Try both the beef and chicken versions. Other food specialties you’ll sample include crab rolls, pillow cakes, fried rice balls, and fresh rolls – served with a dish of raw vegetables and a special sauce. Visit a hidden street food restaurant to taste banh my (a Vietnamese sandwich) and the famous Vietnamese egg coffee.

Hanoi Food on Foot: Walking Tour of Hanoi Old Quarter

4. Hanoi Food on Foot: Walking Tour of Hanoi Old Quarter

Discover the 36 streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, each known for their historic trades including blacksmiths, silver shops, paper shops, headstone makers, silk traders, and jewelers. Now famous for its artisans, silk shops, bars, clubs and particularly its local cuisine, walk the streets and sample what is a vibrant and bustling part of the city. Stop at the various vendors and taste what’s on offer. If you’re feeling thirsty there are plenty of juice shops, bars, and cafés to satiate you. Join the locals as they cruise amongst the shops, stocking up on their supplies at the local markets, or sit back and relax and take in the quaint atmosphere. Whatever you choose to do, you’re sure to enjoy yourself.

Hanoi: Street Food Walking Tour & Water Puppet Show

5. Hanoi: Street Food Walking Tour & Water Puppet Show

The tour guide will welcome you at your hotel lobby, then start the walking tour in the old quarter '36 streets' to visit some famous and specialized food stalls and local restaurants. Watch as it is made and taste some particular dishes (The company can customize vegetarian food or something for other special requirements). The old quarter in Hanoi is over one thousand years old and today retains much of the old flavor that made the area special in earlier times. Each street was the exclusive domain of one trade (guilds) so there are whole streets of blacksmiths, silver shops, paper shops, headstone makers and more. Originally there were just 36 streets in the old quarter but today there are more than 50. Although many of the streets are short and the area is rather compact. It can be very difficult to find local food on your own in the hidden alleys or sidewalks, certainly the best way to experience street food is with a local. In this special tour learn about Vietnamese cuisine, culture, people and language. You will have a unique experience trying the foods of the local Hanoi people; the food is handled hygienically and comfortable venues are provide for the tastings. The benefit also goes back to the vendors or restaurants / families as the food is bought directly from them. Later, the guide will bring you to enjoy a Water Puppet show which is a unique variation on the ancient Asia puppet tradition and is a Vietnamese tradition dating back to the 11th century. Supported by a large rod placed under the water and manipulated by experienced puppeteers, the wooden puppets appear to be dancing over the water, telling folk tales. It’s entertaining and suitable for all audiences. At the end of your Hanoi tour you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist you with directions or a taxi back to your hotel.

From Hanoi: Full-Day Ha Long Bay Trip with Seafood Lunch

6. From Hanoi: Full-Day Ha Long Bay Trip with Seafood Lunch

The adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter between 8 and 8:30am. As you travel to Ha Long Bay, soak up incredible views of Vietnam’s rural landscapes, including rivers, rice paddies, cane fields, and more. After the first leg of the bus trip, enjoy 15-minutes to stretch your legs in Hai Duong and taste a traditional green bean cake. Arrive in Tuan Chau Harbor at around 12:15pm and board your boat for the day. As you set sail onto the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Ha Long Bay, dine on a delicious seafood lunch to set you up for an afternoon of exploring. The first stop of the day is one of the bay’s traditional fishing villages, where you can take a kayak or bamboo boat ride around the village and meet local people to learn about their culture. Back aboard the boat head to Thien Cung Cave, which is one of the most picturesque locations in Ha Long Bay. Spend 45-minutes soaking up the magical charm of the cave’s grotto, bursting with fascinating stalactites. Continue the tour to a collection of islets where you can cool off from the heat with a refreshing swim. At the end of an unforgettable day, arrive back at the harbor at 4:30pm then sit back and relax on the return journey to Hanoi, arriving at around 8:30pm.

Private Evening Cyclo Tour with Water Puppet Show

7. Private Evening Cyclo Tour with Water Puppet Show

The tour guide will pick you up at your hotel around 06:00 PM and then you'll get a cyclo to Hoan Kiem Lake, a hotspot for local life in Hanoi and also one of the major scenic spots in the city. Proceed to Hanoi Opera House in the French Quarter, located in central Hanoi, and erected by the French colonial administration between 1901 and 1911. Just a few steps away is the legendary Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel, a Grand Dame of Southeast Asia, beckoning guests with its unmatched colonial grandeur and timeless elegance. Here, you'll get to experience the opulence of another era.  Around 06:30 PM, stop to enjoy a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show and after that, take a walk on the the streets of the Old Quarter and enjoy traditional Vietnamese food: Chicken noodle and Egg Coffee. At the end of Hanoi tour, you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist you with directions or a taxi back to your hotel.

Hanoi Private Street Food Tour and Cyclo

8. Hanoi Private Street Food Tour and Cyclo

Your tour begins with a half-hour cycle trip around the most famous symbol in Vietnam, Hoan Kiem lake. After that, your guide will take you around Hanoi's Old Quarter, where the traditional life of Vietnam still continues. Near the Dong Xuan market, your expert guide will give you an insight into the traditions and ingredients of Vietnamese food, and you will eat as you go. Some of the foods you will try include seasonal fruits and some famous dishes such as pho (noodle soup), crab rolls, pillow cake, Vietnamese sandwich (banh mi) and more. Your guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden café, and one of the few left in the city that still serves egg coffee. Sample this a scrumptious local delicacy while admiring the hustle and bustle of the city center below. 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 can assist you with directions or a taxi back to your hotel.

Bat Trang Pottery ancient village by Motorbike

9. Bat Trang Pottery ancient village by Motorbike

You will meet with your motorbike  tour guide at your hotel in Hanoi downtown, then start the trip to Bat Trang pottery village. Arrive Bat Trang pottery village, then go to a workshop to make ceramic items by yourself with the traditional family. After drying your products, you will paint and cover them with different colors for decoration and make it become more and more unique. Afterwards, have lunch in restaurant near Bat Trang market. Then, walk around the area of making ceramic products, enter the ancient area in Bat Trang village. Get in Bat Trang market and have a look of variety of ceramic products there. Afterwards, get back to Hanoi city – the Old Quarter and to your hotel.

Hanoi: Street Food Walking Tour

10. Hanoi: Street Food Walking Tour

Meet your English-speaking guide in your hotel lobby and set out on a local food and lifestyle tour of Hanoi. Wander the streets of the Hanoi Old Quarter and experience the pulsing evening rhythm of an area renowned for its street food and lively atmosphere.   Your first course will be Nom Bo Kho (dry beef salad), a tasty Hanoian favorite. Then, follow your guide to a spot that serves Nem Ran (fried spring roll), voted as one of the top ten greatest street foods in Hanoi. As you taste these local dishes, learn about the ingredients and instructions for preparing them on your own. Continue to explore the street cuisine of Hanoi by walking to Ma May to try Banh Cuon (stuffed pancake). Visit the nearby Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street and learn how traditional medicine was made and used there. Hear more about Hanoi nightlife as you enjoy a steaming bowl of Pho, perhaps the most famous Vietnamese dish, before visiting Nha Tho Lon (St. Joseph’s Cathedral) to admire the architecture of a structure which is said to resemble Notre Dame de Paris. End your culinary immersion with Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich), the pride of Vietnamese cuisine that has recently surged in popularity worldwide. Digest your dinner with a Vietnamese egg coffee called Ca Phe Trung.

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What people are saying about Hanoi

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 695 reviews

We were extremly lucke to have the guide ryan with us. He showed us the little secrer spots of Hanoi and we enjoyed many little, delicious meals. Be prepared to get full by the end of the experience. Ryan was realy nice and well habbited. I would recommend it to everyone who travels to Hanoi.

The tour guides were fantastic! They take you all around to maybe 5 different street food spots and you get a very large taste of all their favorite food! I was lucky to be the only guest with 4 guides and it was such a fun and immersive experience!

Amazing tour with an amazing friendly guide who was very informative. Would definitely recommend. Stunning lunch on the boat, kayaking, cave tour and oyster farm all included.

Ha was our lovely guide. She really showed us the best of the best. I will highly recommend it, as it is a way of find the best food in Hanoi. Her English is fantastic too.

Was a good trip. A bit small bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay, but a very pretty view when we arrived the bay.