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Hanoi Tours & Day Trips | Hanoi Tourism by Locals

Our Hanoi tour packages take you around this thousand-year-old city and its vicinity attractions at the most competitive price. Each carefully designed itinerary for your day tours and short excursions cater to the different needs of our valued clients from all over the world. All of the tours ensure to take you to highlights of Hanoi: Ho Chi Minh complex, Temple of Literature, Museums, Hanoi Hilton Prisons, Temples, Pagodas, and many places of interest of Hanoi within your budget.

Vietnam Local Tour Operator also offers some unique programs to visit some handicraft villages nearby Hanoi on a bike to experience the real Vietnam. Furthermore, we operate trips and excursion packages from Hanoi to Halong Bay, Ninh Binh, Sapa with unforgettable experiences. Please keep in mind that, we can tailor-made a Hanoi tour that meets your time frame & unique needs. Contact us now to behold the elegant charm of Hanoi.

Top Hanoi Tours and Tours Around Hanoi

Tour Highlights

  • Your personal guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel.
  • Transfer to Vong Village, about 5-6 km from central Hanoi.
  • Explore the village, visit locals' homes, and witness daily life.
  • Discover the manual sticky rice manufacturing process in traditional houses.
  • Return to Hanoi and enjoy a delightful local lunch at a restaurant.

Tour Route: Chuong conical hat village - Chuong Pagoda Tour Highlights

  • Explore the historic Chuong Pagoda and the communal house, two of the oldest and most significant structures in the area.
  • Engage with villagers as they demonstrate the meticulous process of making traditional conical hats.

Tour Route: Dinh Cong Jewelry Handicraft Village - Old Thang Long Capital Tour Highlights

  • Discover the 1500-year-old Dinh Cong Village, famous for its unique jewelry handcrafting.
  • Walk through the village alleyways and learn about its rich history as a jewelry trading and manufacturing center.
  • Visit the ancestral temple dedicated to jewelry-making ancestors and watch skilled silversmiths crafting intricate silver pieces.

Tour Route: Red River Dyke - Bat Trang Ceramic Village - Dong Ho Village - Dong Ky Village Tour Highlights

  • Explore Bat Trang Ceramic Village, known for its beautiful ceramics and vibrant community life.
  • Visit a local workshop to witness the ceramic-making process and even design your own piece.
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch featuring local cuisine before continuing to Dong Ho Village.

Tour Route: Duong Lam Ancient Village - Mong Phu Temple - Mia Pagoda Tour Highlights

  • Explore Duong Lam Ancient Village, a 1,200-year-old national relic known for its historical significance.
  • Experience true Vietnamese hospitality with a home-hosted meal featuring traditional cuisine.
  • Cycling to historical sites such as Mia Pagoda and Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung Temples.

Tour Route: Ecopark Complex - Kim Lan Village - Bat Trang Ceramic Village - Sky Oasis building

Tour Highlights

  • Explore a centuries-old ceramic-making village and its cultural sites.
  • Experience local ferry rides and visit gardens and flower fields.
  • Enjoy a tasty Vietnamese meal at a local restaurant.
  • Discover the renowned pottery village, visit a ceramic museum, and shop for unique ceramics.

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  • Experience traditional Vietnamese puppetry, a cultural gem dating back to ancient times.
  • Delight in Hanoi's renowned Cha Ca, a flavorful dish with a 200-year history.
  • Immerse yourself in a lively puppet show followed by a gastronomic adventure.

Tour Route: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Tam Coc - Hoa Lu - Hanoi

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the floating Cua Van village, kayak, swim at Ti Top beach, and relish a romantic candlelight dinner onboard.
  • Cycle to Bich Dong Pagoda, sail along Ngo Dong River in Tam Coc, and visit Hoa Lu Ancient Capital.
  • Explore Hanoi's highlights including Ho Chi Minh complex, Temple of Literature, and a cyclo tour in the old quarter.

Tour Route: Hanoi, Mai Chau, Lac Village, Van village, Poong Con village, Hanoi

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  • Experience the hospitality of the Thai people with a traditional homestay in Lac Village.
  • Embark on a 6-hour trek through picturesque Thai villages from Van Village to Poong Cong.
  • Explore local markets, take a pleasant walk to nearby villages, and soak in the authentic rural life of Mai Chau.

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  • Relax on a scenic 1.5-hour boat journey along the Yen River, surrounded by dramatic limestone cliffs, en route to the Perfume Pagoda.
  • Explore the Perfume Pagoda complex, and visit the Thien Tru Pagoda and Perfume Cave, immersing yourself in centuries-old Buddhist heritage.
  • Enjoy local refreshments in the village of Duc before indulging in lunch at charming food stalls near Thien Tru Pagoda.

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  • Explore the breathtaking beauty of Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring over a thousand limestone peaks rising from its emerald waters.
  • Embark on a five-hour private boat cruise through the picturesque bay, marveling at the myriad of tiny islands, grottoes, and beaches.

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  • Explore Bat Trang for traditional ceramics and Duyen Thai for lacquered bamboo products, witnessing artisans at work.
  • Experience the renowned Vietnamese silk production in Van Phuc village, home to exquisite silk creations.
  • Discover Phu Vinh village's workshops, where skilled artisans craft a range of items from flower baskets to plates.

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  • Glide along the tranquil River of Yen on a small boat, surrounded by stunning limestone mountains rising from rice fields.
  • Embark on a trek to Thien Tru Pagoda, also known as Heaven’s Kitchen.
  • Indulge in delicious local food at a restaurant near Thien Tru Pagoda.

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  • Explore Hanoi's culinary delights with stops for Banh xeo, Bun cha, and Pho Ga, followed by a vibrant market tour at Chau Long market.
  • Experience diverse flavors with Pho Cuon Ngu Xa, prawn cake at Banh Tom Ho Tay, and Banh bao Chien at Pho Duc Chinh corner.
  • Discover Hanoi's Bia Hoi culture with visits to four different Bia Hoi restaurants, sampling their unique dishes and enjoying the local beer scene.

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  • Set sail from Bai Chay wharf on a 4-hour boat trip, relishing a sumptuous seafood lunch amidst the stunning scenery.
  • Explore Thien Cung and Dau Go caves adorned with mesmerizing stalactites and stalagmites.
  • Cruise past Halong Bay's iconic landmarks, including the Incense Bowl islet and Turtle island.

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy a cyclo tour around the Old Quarter and a Water Puppet show in the evening.
  • Hanoi City Tour: Explore Hanoi's highlights, including the Ho Chi Minh Complex and the Temple of Literature.
  • Visit Duong Lam Ancient Village for an authentic cultural experience.

Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum & Complex - Temple of literature – One Museum of Your Choice – Cyclo Tour in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Water puppet show

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the Ho Chi Minh Complex, Temple of Literature, and Museum of Ethnology to delve into Vietnam's rich history and culture.
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch at a fine local restaurant and take a cyclo ride around Hanoi's Old Quarter to immerse yourself in the city's vibrant atmosphere.

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy a peaceful boat journey through Tam Coc's stunning landscape, passing through three tunnel caves adorned with sparkling stalactites and stalagmites.
  • Explore the ancient capital of Hoa Lu, home to temples dedicated to the Dinh and Le dynasties, offering insights into Vietnam's royal heritage.

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  • Embark on a mesmerizing rowing boat journey through Trang An Eco-Tourism area, home to diverse flora and fauna. .
  • Step back in time as you visit Hoa Lu, the ancient capital city of Vietnam during the Dinh Dynasty.
  • Explore the historical significance of this site and uncover the rich cultural heritage of Vietnam.

Tour Highlights

  • Begin the day with a city tour, exploring key sites like the Ho Chi Minh complex and the Temple of Literature.
  • Embark on a 4-hour boat trip to marvel at Halong Bay's natural beauty, visiting caves and limestone formations.

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  • Enjoy a 4-hour boat trip through Halong Bay, savoring a delicious lunch while surrounded by stunning limestone formations.
  • Explore the beautiful Thien Cung (Heaven Palace) cave with its unique stalactites and stalagmites, then continue cruising to see iconic islets like Incense Bowl, Cock Fighting, and Turtle Island

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  • Explore the lively "Hom" market, discovering its diverse sections and interacting with locals while gathering fresh ingredients.
  • Join Viet Kitchen Spring Restaurant for a hands-on cooking class, where you'll learn to prepare authentic Vietnamese dishes with expert guidance.

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  • Explore the picturesque Giang Mo village, immerse yourself in their traditional customs and daily life.
  • Visit an ethnic minority village nestled on the mountainside.

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  • Explore the local daily market at the village temple gate and visit ancient houses over 200 years old in the Red River Delta.
  • Visit Dong Ky village families renowned for their woodcarving and mother-of-pearl inlay expertise, showcasing traditional craftsmanship.

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  • Visit iconic landmarks like the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Temple of Literature
  • Immerse yourself in the bustling streets of Hanoi's Old Quarter with a one-hour cycle tour

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  • Explore pagodas, enjoy a biking tour, and dine with locals for an immersive cultural experience.
  • Cycle through Hanoi's handicraft villages, discovering traditional crafts and daily life.

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  • Explore Cuc Phuong National Park and visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre to learn about efforts to protect native primates.
  • Embark on a trek through lush rainforests, past ancient trees, and prehistoric caves.

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  • Experience the beauty of Tam Coc, known as "Halong Bay on land," with a relaxing boat ride amidst stunning limestone formations.
  • Visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre in Cuc Phuong National Park to learn about efforts to protect native primates and explore the lush rainforest on a trek.

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  • Explore Hang Be Street in Hanoi's Old Quarter to discover local ingredients.
  • Join a small-group class with a professional chef at 10:00 am and enjoy a delicious meal at 12:00 midday.

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  • Explore the historic Thay Pagoda complex, featuring charming temples and 17th-century Chinese-style covered bridges.
  • Experience the rich history of Duong Lam Ancient Village with a leisurely walk along its brick lanes, visiting old houses,..

Tour Highlights

  • Explore Dong Ngac, a charming village near Hanoi, starting with a vibrant market visit and bargaining for local goods.
  • Delve into history at landmarks like the Dong Ngac communal house and the ancient Nguyen family house.

Things to Do & See for Fantastic Hanoi Tours

Wander Around the Old Quarters

Hanoi Old Quarter is one of the two most well-known districts in Hanoi (the other being the Ba Dinh District). It is a business center and also quite a prominent spot among tourists. A typical scene in Hanoi streets are sidewalks teeming with bicycles and scooters while crowds of people scavenge markets and barter loudly with street vendors. Hanoi Old Quarter in HAnoi Tour While exploring Old Quarters you have no choice but to confront the traffic as a local would do and experience the history on the go. It’s an interesting blend of ancient history (Hanoi celebrated a millennial birthday in 2010) and commercialism. Hanoi is famous with many complexes of French colonial architecture, lots of pagodas and Buddhist temples, then lost in the streets. These streets were named to the business set up over 1,000 years ago. Most of these businesses were craft shops, but today a lot of them turned into something more commercial and modern. Even you can still find shops owned by the same families for the centuries, they sell original handcrafted products.

Visit the Ancient House & St Joseph's Cathedral in Hanoi Old Quarters

The best way to discover the difference between Vietnamese architecture and the later-on French colonialism is through these two buildings (they are taken place in the same neighborhood). The ancient house is an example of the typical architecture of antique houses. St Joseph's Cathedral in Hanoi Old Quarters The house is made of two main blocks bound together by a square yard in the middle on the ground floor, and a small balcony on the 1st floor. The yard is consisted right at the center of the building to moderate the air, provide the house with sunshine and cool air. Take a visit to Saint Joseph Cathedral, which is a hybrid of Vietnamese and Western architectural styles. Saint Joseph Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral done in a Neo-Gothic style. It was built around 120 years ago. The cathedral was constructed and completed in 1886 after the French army conquered Hanoi. The architecture of the cathedral follows the rules of the Gothic style and design of the Paris Cathedral. The appearance of the cathedral, the doors, the stained-glass windows and the religious paintings all follow a clear Western style. However, the interior is decorated in a Vietnamese style, with the dominating colors of yellow & red.

Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

The mausoleum is the resting place of, the revolution leader Ho Chi Minh, who was the President of the Communist Party of Vietnam, at the very same place where he in 1945, read the Declaration of Independence and established the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum was inspired by Lenin’s Mausoleum (in Moscow) but with a Vietnamese twist. It is incorporated elements tied to Vietnamese architecture like the sloping roof. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi Tours The exterior of the mausoleum is made of grey granite while the interior is black, grey and red polished stone. All of the material which is used for construction from all over Vietnam. Fauna from different regions of Vietnam surrounds the mausoleum. The embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh is located in the central hall of the mausoleum, protected at all times by a military guard. If you’re wondering what to do in Hanoi, make sure this is near the top of your list.

Stroll Around Hoan Kiem Lake

This lake got its name (Lake of the Restored Sword) from a legend. In ancient times circulated a story claimed that there was a sword with magical properties sent from heaven to Emperor Ly Thai To to banish the North forces from Vietnam. Following the end of the war, a giant golden turtle took the sword and escaped to the depths of the lake to return the sword to its divine owners thus earning its name, the Lake of the Restored Sword. If you’re not amused by legends don’t fret because the lake is special for other things as well. Things to Do in HAnoi Tours The tortoise in Hoan Kiem Lake is considered a sacred animal so the lake itself is a holy place. If you’re in luck you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of these majestic animals. The lake is very popular among Hanoians as a gathering place for families, nature lovers, and hangouts. If you want to spend time as the residents do, show up at 6 am and practice Tai Chi with them. The best time to visit is from Fridays to Sundays because the nearby traffic is banned from 7 pm to midnight turning it into a peaceful oasis.

Go Shopping at Dong Xuan Market

Established in the late 19th century, the Dong Xuan Market can be found in a four-story communist styled building on the edge of the Old Quarters. Dong Xuan is the largest indoor market in Hanoi. What one can find is truly astounding. Whatever you’re looking for whether it’d be some fresh local produce, souvenirs or in need of a laptop – chances are some vendor tucked away has it? DOng Xuan Market Tour in Hanoi Like other markets in Asia, Dong Xuan is filled with meat, seafood, vegetables, and flowers, all from Vietnam. If you’re not into testing the different flavors of Vietnam head up to the upper floors. You will be able to find handbags, fabrics, handicrafts all of which are sold at wholesale prices!

Catch a Show in Hanoi Opera House

Like the St Joseph’s Cathedral, this opera house was modeled after one of Paris’s counterparts, the Palais Garnier. Hanoi Opera House follows the style from Europe quite clearly. It has Italian marble floors, ceilings decorated with French murals and copper chandeliers. Regarded as one of the most renowned architectural & cultural landmarks in Hanoi. Today, it has a strong cultural influence and is a center for art shows, dance performances and concerts.

Visit Temple of Literature – The First University in Vietnam

The Temple of Literature is often regarded as one of the most visited tourist attractions. In 1070 it was made to serve as a university and was dedicated to Confucius and scholars. Fortunately, the building is remarkably preserved and is an excellent example of traditional Vietnamese architecture. The temple offers an abundance of literature, turtle steles as well as the Well of Heavenly Clarity. It’s a tribute to education and literature and has seen thousands and thousands of Vietnam’s finest scholars. Temple of Literature in Hanoi Tours The most acclaimed prize for the most successful scholars was to have their names engraved onto a stone stele on top of the stone turtles. Today students come and pray for good grades.

Visit Hoa Lo Prison Museum (The Hanoi Hilton)

The Hoa Lo Prison Museum, known as “Hanoi Hilton”, will make you experience a wide range of emotions from disgust, sorrow to outrage at what in the museum, which was all reappeared like this was allowed to happen. The museum displays and educates on the sufferings of the Vietnamese revolutionaries who were confined under the occupying French government during the early 20th century. What you see is only a glimpse into the prison, as most of the prison complex was demolished in the 1990s to make way for the Hanoi Towers. It is peculiar to have a prison built in the center of the city. The idea of the French colonial administrators was to make an example of the Vietnamese fighters for independence. Almost all exhibits show the prison’s use up to the Vietnamese upraise against France for independence. The museum is also house to the most gruesome relic, the French guillotine on the Vietnamese rebels.

Try Scrumptious Cuisine in Hanoi

It’s a mistake if you are in Hanoi but without thinking about the food in this city. Well, it’s easy – all of it! The cuisine is known for being quite simple in terms of ingredients, and that is one of its charms. The simplicity of the meal and the quality of its ingredients is what makes the dishes exceptional. Vietnamese food relies on a delicate balance of salty, sweet, sour and hot flavors. It’s almost impossible to walk a block in Hanoi without detecting the smell of food from the street vendor’s DIY stand. Try the Goi Cuon, a spring roll packed with greens, some type of minced meat (shrimp, crab or pork) and coriander. Usually, it’s served with a bowl of lettuce, peanut sauce, and mint. If you have a sweet tooth as we do, definitely try the fried bananas, dessert soup or caramel pudding.

Visit Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Vietnam is very culturally diverse. The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology acts as a keeper of the said cultural diversity of different ethnic groups in Vietnam. Many of those communities are working together with the museum. They’ve collected work, are involved in the preparation process of the exhibitions to preserve cultural heritage and display it rightfully and authentically. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi Tour The collaboration between communities and the museum staff has made the museum closer to people’s lives and raised the awareness of protecting cultural heritage. The popularity and vibrancy of the Museum are largely due to the contribution and involvement of communities. The Museum is a vast collection of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities which displays the tribal art, artifacts, and objects used in daily life.

Try Special Egg Coffee

Egg Nog Latte is a staple drink served in cafes throughout Hanoi starting from the 1950s. The drink is made with egg yolk, condensed milk, coffee powder and a crazy amount of whisking! The most famous cafe for serving this drink is the Giang Café. The drink was supposedly invented by the cafe’s founder. The son of the founder says that his father inspired to make up the recipe as milk was scarce in Vietnam and they were replacing milk with egg yolk. The kind of coffee is creamy, not too sweet, and very delicious. Although it originated in Vietnam, today is popular across the world.

Drink Fresh Beer “Bia Hoi” on the street

Bia Hoi, one of our favorites when talking about what to do in Hanoi. If you’re a beer enthusiast, you’ll be thrilled with Vietnam’s beer culture. Let us start with the fact that Vietnam is the perfect place for a pub crawl. Bia Hoi is an insight into the beer scene of Vietnam. Bia Hoi is known as a street beer. Vietnam boasts as having a unique drinking culture that can only be found in northern cities of Vietnam It’s a daily ritual starting from 4 pm where locals (and tourists) sit on plastic furniture on street corners and drink home-brewed beer. So if you were wondering how the world’s cheapest and freshest beer tastes like then don’t miss your opportunity to get a pint! Bia Hanoi in HAnoI Tour Remember: it’s considered the freshest beer because it is made without preservatives. In order not to get spoiled it must be consumed on the day of production. Because of this Hanoi and its surrounding areas are the only places you can find Bia Hoi!
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