No matter if you prefer walking tours or having a driver, if you need only a few hours so you can see the rest of the city on your own, or if you’d rather have a more comprehensive full day tour. No matter if you are traveling solo, or in couple, with your family and kids, or a group of friends. No matter what’s your favorite sites and things to do…We’ll adapt to you! Just let us know and we’ll be glad to customize your itinerary
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We can show you the must-see sites of Hanoi, guide you around the backstreets of the Old Town, skip you past the line of our best Museums, or create a customized itinerary that matches your interests.
See the best sights of Hanoi in A Day tour, or Half day please check your time effective
Optimize your time and see as much as possible with this Hanoi in a Day Tour. Walk the areas that are better seen on foot, and have a driver to cover those that are harder to reach without transportation.
If you appreciate the advantages of a private tour, enjoy the close contact that walking around the city gives you, but don’t want to waste time moving from place to place, this Hanoi in A Day Tour is one of the best Hanoi tours you will find!
This is a private tour for your party only. No strangers joining your tour.
Get to skip the lines in all museums and sites. No ticket purchase in advance required.
Here are the sites covered in this Hanoi in a Day Tour:
1. Hoan Kiem Lake – “Lake Of The Restored Sword”: The name refers to an incident that occurred in the 15th century. Le Thai To, who led a successful uprising against the Chinese in the 15th century, was sailing on the lake when a golden turtle appeared to take back the charmed sword which had been used to secure victory, and then restored it to the lake from which it came. The Lake is still famous for its rare species of very large turtles that occasionally appear!
2. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is the historic place where Respected Uncle Ho read the Vietnam Manifesto on September 2nd, 1945. There are always two guardmen dressed in white uniforms standing at the main entrance every day.
You may have to wait in a rather long queue to enter the mausoleum. The Mausoleum is closed on Monday and Friday but open the rest of the week. It is also closed to visitors during October and November, allowing only pilgrims to visit to pay their homage to Respected Uncle Ho. The dress code for entry is very strict. You must wear shirts and long trousers, no shorts. Also, no cameras, hats or bags are allowed.
Visitors must keep silent and you will only have a minute to stop in front of the glass enclosure where Uncle Ho lays. He is dressed in his traditional khaki clothes and rubber sandals, and looks as if he is just taking nap.
3. St. Joseph’s Cathedral: Neo-Gothic cathedral built by the French in the late 1880’s, and partly financed by two lotteries. The stained glass windows are mostly French originals. The black marble tomb is where the last cardinal of Viet Nam was buried in 1990. To build their Cathedral, the French destroyed one of Ha Noi’s oldest pagodas (Bao Thien). If the main door is closed, try the side entrance through the grey, iron gates, at 40 Nha Chung. (Closed 1:00-2:00 pm)
4. Opera House: Based on the neo-Baroque Paris Opera. The Ionic columns and grey slate tiles were imported from France. Opened in 1911, after taking 10 years to build, it was the jewel in the crown of French Hanoi. In 1945, the Viet Minh proclaimed the August Revolution against French colonialism from its balcony!
5. “Hanoi Hilton”: The name given to this former prison by American POWs in the 1960’s. Used as a prison until 1994, it is now Hanoi Towers, a commercial complex, but one section has been retained as a museum. Well worth a visit.
6. West Lake: Formerly known as the Lake of Mists, this lake is the largest in Hanoi. With numerous temples and pagodas, this is a great place to take a leisurely stroll, or to watch the sunset and enjoy fresh seafood delicacies at floating restaurants as the city lights up for the night.
7. Museum of Ethnology: Located on Nguyen Van Huyen Street, about 20 minutes by taxi, this museum features about 15,000 artefacts made and used by the 54 ethnic minorities of Vietnam, and is highly recommended.
8. Temple Of Literature: Ha Noi’s most revered temple complex & Vietnam’s principal Confucian sanctuary, dedicated in 1070. Vietnam’s first university was founded here, in 1076, but French bombs destroyed most of the buildings in 1947. Many Reconstructed buildings rose from the rubble as part of Ha Noi’s 990th birthday celebrations in 2000.
9. The Old Quarter (“36 Streets”): From the 13th century, 36 distinct guild areas set up. Streets are named after the original merchandise – ‘Hang’ means selling. While the various streets started out as villages, usually specialising in one particular craft or product, today the Old Quarter, with some 100,000 people in only 100 hectares, has one of the highest population densities in the world.
10. Dong Xuan Market: Ha Noi’s largest covered market. Originally built in 1889, it was the biggest trading centre in northern Vietnam. After a major fire in 1994, it was reopened in 1996, its old façade intact.
11. Tran Quoc Pagoda. Built on a southern peninsula of West Lake, Tran Quoc Pagoda is one of the oldest pagodas in Hanoi. Since its construction in the sixth century, it was moved several times and given different names. This pagoda is cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism. From Tran Quoc pagoda you could take a leisurely walk to the nearby Quan Thanh temple, West lake and Truc Bach lake.
Tran Quoc pagoda was built in 541 and completed in 545 under the reign of King Ly Nam De with the original name is Khai Quoc (Founding Nation). It was first set on the bank of Red river (where the Red river and the West lake met).
Visiting Tran Quoc pagoda travelers have a chance to enjoy intricate architecture in the harmony of surrounding green trees, emerald lake, forming a beautiful landscape.
The architecture is the result of the current major restoration that took place in 1815. It includes porch, main altar, common room, ancestors room, tomb towers …
The large brick tower is 6 sided and symbolizes the recent stages of the life of Buddha with 11 floors and 66 statues of Buddha. The beautiful island is reflected on green water of West Lake. The best time to visit the Pagoda is in a romantic sunset.
Day Trips out of Hanoi City
Don’t know where to start? Here is a selection of everyone’s favorites:
We know that sometimes it can be overwhelming to chose where to go: Will this site be worth the ride? Will we enjoy it enough?
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Or Do you want to go Ninh Binh/Tam Coc/ Trang An – Peaceful, fresh air of rural party with green mountains, river, cave exploring, as regarding Halong Bay on land? this tour is just for you!
Or Do you love nature and fresh air out of busy city? Go to Cuc Phuong Nation Park
Or Do you like to see mountains, riverside, rural party of city? Go to Perfume Pagoda
Or boring with Busy city, escape noisy, do you want to explore hill tribe with Mountains, valleys, greens ect? Mai Chau is ideal place for you.
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