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Hanoi Old Quarter Walking Tour Guide (half day)

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    Stop At: Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), Hanoi 100000 Vietnam

    Our tour guide will pick you up then we will start our Hanoi Old Quarter Walking Tour. The first destination of the tour will stop by Hoan Kiem Lake, considered the heart of Hanoi. You can observe many locals doing morning exercises or taking part in interesting activities such as cycling and playing badminton.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Thap Rua Tower, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Vietnam

    Hoan Kiem Lake is in the historical center of Hanoi. According to the legend, Emperor Le Loi was boating on the lake when a Golden Turtle God (Kim Qui) surfaced and asked for his magic sword, Heaven's Will. Loi concluded that Kim Qui had come to reclaim the sword that it’s master, the Dragon King (Long Vuong) had given Loi some time earlier, during his revolt against the Chinese Ming Dynasty. Loi renamed the lake to commemorate this event. He renamed the lake from Luc Thuy (Green Water") to Hoan Kiem Lake (Lake of the Restored Sword). The Turtle Tower (Thap Rua) standing on a small island near the centre of lake is linked to the legend.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Dong Xuan Market, Dong Xuan and Hang Chieu Sts., Hanoi 10000 Vietnam

    Dong Xuan Market is placed in the Old Quarter - It’s known as Hanoi’s largest indoor market, offering a wide range of goods such as fresh produce, souvenirs, accessories and clothing, as well as electronic and household appliances.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Bach Ma Temple, 76 Hang Buom Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 100000 Vietnam

    Bach Ma Temple is believed to be the oldest temple in Hanoi. This Buddhist temple was originally built in the ninth century by King Ly Thai To in honour of Bach Ma. According to a sign inside the temple, originally the site of the temple was Long Do Mountain. The temple was moved to its current location in the Old Quarter of Hanoi in the 18th century, during the Ly Dynasty, to guard the east side of Thang Long.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Ancient House, 87 Ma May Street Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 100000 Vietnam

    Then, we head to Ancient House. Situated at a tranquil street near Silver Street, Ancient House appeals plenty of tourists by its ancient but sophisticated charm of a Vietnamese traditional house.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Long Bien Bridge, Tran Nhat Duat Street, Hanoi Vietnam

    The Long Bien bridge across the Red River connects Hanoi with the main port of Haiphong. Designed by Gustave Eiffel, the bridge sustained significant damage during the Vietnam War. Only half of the bridge retains its original shape, but a rebuilding project supported by the French government is currently in progress to restore the bridge to its original appearance.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Train Street, Alley 224 Le Duan Kham Thien, Hanoi 100000 Vietnam

    Hanoi Train Street is a residential street in Hanoi, Vietnam that a speeding train passes straight through twice a day.

    Our tour will continue with Train Street. The street is so narrow that all residents must ensure their bikes and precious personal belongings, as well as their roaming children, are all safely inside the house before the train passes.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Old Quarter, Hanoi 100000 Vietnam

    Our tour will continue with Hanoi Old Quarter with 36 bustling streets. Wandering around the narrow alleys of Hanoi Old Quarter, tourists can see many ancient houses preserving their original charm since 19th century.

    Enjoy a cup of egg coffee, a specialty of Hanoi. Egg coffee is a perfect combination of dark coffee and fat egg.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Den Quan De, 28 Hang Buom Street, Hanoi 10000 Vietnam

    Next, we are on the way to Quan De Temple, where to be dedicated to Quan De, a famous Chinese general. Our walking tour will end at Bach Ma Temple, a famous Buddhist temple in Hanoi. It sounds interesting to hear many amazing stories in relation to the origin of Bach Ma Temple.

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Ca Tru Thang Long, 146 Tu Hoa, Nghi Tam Tay Ho, Hanoi 1000 Vietnam

    Visiting Vietnam without listening to a rhythm of ca tru traditional music means that you've not discovered the real spirit of Vietnam yet." "Free yourself and get immersed in ca tru while enjoying performance by Thang Long Ca Tru Theatre. It is a voluntary, non-profit group of ca tru musicians founded in 2006. Long-time history, unique instruments, impressive music tones and meaningful song lyrics made ca tru recognized by UNESCO as the World Intangible Cutural Heritage."


    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Thang Long Water Puppet Theater, 57B Dinh Tien Hoang - Hoan Kiem - Ha Noi, Hanoi 10000 Vietnam

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    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Old Quarter, Hanoi 100000 Vietnam

    Hanoi Old Quarter Food Walking Tour - Optional

    Duration: 3 hours
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick you up at your hotel or hostel (Hanoi Old Quarter only)
    Please enter the Hotel address for the arrangement
    • Free Hotel pickup (Hanoi Old Quarter only)
    • Free Hotel drop-off (Hanoi Old Quarter only)
    • No tip expedted and no hidden charge during the tours
    • Entry/Admission - Thang Long Water Puppet Theater
    • Entry/Admission - Old Quarter
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

    Truc made this experience unique, she asked me what I liked and other preferences in order to personalize the tour. I strongly recommend her, you won’t be disappointed.

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    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    We had a wonderful tour this morning with Tam and Nancy. They arrived on time to pick us up at our hotel and took us on a walk to Train street, the bridge and all around the old quarter to the lake. Their English was...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    1  Thank Carian19
    Azlocaltrip1, Manager at AZ Local Trip, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Dear Carian, Thank For Choose Option Water Puppet Show Tickets Thank you for taking your time to leave us such a wonderful review on your recent trip with AZ Local Trip. You do not know how your words meant to us as your compliment is...More

    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    We were met on time at our hotel by charming host Julie and her friend Hue. Julie took us to the Lake, the traditional old house, markets , art wall etc. We did not need to go everywhere suggested and happy to stroll and talk...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Pamela T
    Azlocaltrip1, Manager at AZ Local Trip, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Dear Pamela, Thank For Choose Option Water Puppet Show Tickets Thank you so much for leaving us such amazing words which definitely one of our biggest motivation to work harder any better our service day by day. We do hope that The Old Quarter of...More

    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    Rose was very warm and shared with me about the possible places to visit in the old quarters before we started our walk. She also shared her knowledge about Hanoi with me. She was also very helpful in finding certain food places for me. It...More

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    Azlocaltrip1, Manager at AZ Local Trip, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    "Dear Goody, Thank For Choose Option Water Puppet Show Tickets I would like to say thank you very much for being a part of our customer. It's our big pleasure to serve you on Trip. We are glad that you got an overall great trip....More

    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    Chi Chi & Dung were great guides. Informative, humorous & knowledgeable. They were very accommodating too... thank you!More

    Date of experience: September 2019
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    Azlocaltrip1, Manager at AZ Local Trip, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Dear Best Friend, Thank you so much for taking the time sharing your experiences on the trip with us and with other travelers. Now we are on cloud nine because of all your beautiful words. We do hope that the Old Quarter of Hanoi and...More

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    17 September 2019|
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    Response from Robin T | Reviewed this property |
    It's a one on one tour. You can ask for your agenda
    17 September 2019|
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    Response from joelsA2498KU | Reviewed this property |
    Sorry, I have no information on the puppet show. Also, I did not see a puppet show
    17 September 2019|
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    Response from Pamela T | Reviewed this property |
    You only pay for what you want to go into. We didn't do any puppet show but Im sure if you asked but you would have to pay. We had such delightful girls that we gave them a healthy tip at the end which was much appreciated... More
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