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West Lake (Ho Tay) Tours

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West Lake (Ho Tay)
West Lake (Ho Tay), the largest freshwater lake in Hanoi, provides a tranquil escape from the chaos of Vietnam’s capital. Lakeside cafés offer gorgeous views; historic attractions such as the Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple provide insight into Vietnam’s past; and 5-star hotels offer fine dining and luxury accommodation. 

The Basics
The sheer size and energy of Hanoi can make it an intimidating place for first-time visitors. Introductory sightseeing tours, many of which stop at West Lake to see the Tran Quoc Pagoda—Vietnam’s oldest pagoda—make for an easy way to orient yourself. Visitors can choose between exploring on the back (or front) of a moped, on foot, by bicycle, or in an air-conditioned vehicle. 

Things to Know Before You Go 
  • West Lake is a place to relax and to see two significant historical attractions. 
  • Evening tours, several of which reveal West Lake in its illuminated splendor, give you the chance to see the city from a different perspective. 
  • Visitors can rent paddle boats or bicycles with which to explore the lake. 

How to Get There 
West Lake is a 15-minute drive from Hanoi Old Quarter by private taxi. Visitors can walk to the lake in one hour; however, traffic and a lack of pedestrianized roads mean that this is not recommended. Buses 31, 55A, and 58 service the West Lake area from the Old Quarter. 

When to Get There 
Although West Lake is accessible at all hours, the best time to go is early evening: Watch the sunset over the water and indulge in some street food or fine lakeside dining. 

Dining Options at West Lake 
Culinary options at West Lake range from street food to fine dining. Popular street-vendor snacks include ngo nuong (grilled corn) and banh tom ho tay, crispy shrimp cakes that were conceived in the adjacent neighborhood. If you’re looking for a bit of luxury, indulge in gourmet Vietnamese or French cuisine at a lakeside seafood restaurant on the northern side of the lake. 
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Hanoi Antique Gaz69 Jeep Tours - Food, Culture, Sight and Fun

Hanoi Antique Gaz69 Jeep Tours - Food, Culture, Sight and Fun

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Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of Hanoi in a unique way as you explore the city in a Soviet-era GAZ-69 jeep. See a mix of city highlights and hidden gems in the capital of Vietnam and learn about the country’s history from your guide. Choose from morning, afternoon, or evening tours and enjoy a delicious street food meal and drink at a rooftop bar included in your package.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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US$ 51.00
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Half-Day Hanoi Private City Tour

Half-Day Hanoi Private City Tour

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See major attractions in the capital city of Hanoi on a private 3.5-hour tour, departing in the morning or afternoon. Unlock Vietnam’s rich history at its cultural heart, heading to popular sights that include the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature and Quan Thanh Temple. Stroll to West Lake with a personal guide at your side and cast your gaze on picturesque Tran Quoc Pagoda before a visit to the Old Quarter.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Hanoi City Motorbike Tour By Locals

Hanoi City Motorbike Tour By Locals

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Hanoi Happy Motorbike Tours With this unique local experience, you'll be seeing the local lives on the back of the motorbike just like locals, waving around and zipping through all the chaos traffic. Beside our stops we plan, you can ask for stopping at anywhere you want during the tour, unlike other transports you might take.
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  • 4 hours
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US$ 42.06
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Hanoi Sunset Party By Gaz 69

Hanoi Sunset Party By Gaz 69

The perfect occasion to surprise your loved one with a different and original ideal. Admire the Westlake sunset after running out of the busy street. This tour gives you a different perspective of sunset of Hanoi: the lake, the atmosphere, the drink and the food. About the activity: • Come enjoy West Lake sunset party during 3 hours with commented wine tasting by one of the best wine importers in Vietnam • In addition to wines, you will have the opportunity to taste some typical products, such as sausages, cheese and regional sweets. • During the tour you will pass along some of Hanoi's most famed, and best kept secret locations • Get on board on our sidecar trip, with best music, wines and appetizers Highlight: • Gaz 69 trip around Hanoi • 7 wine tastings (white wine, red wine, rose wine, sparkling wine, Musca) according to the production of the wine cellar, commented by the wine importers. • Regional products tasting (sausages, cheeses, jams, bread, rusk and typical sweet)
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Hanoi City Sightseeing and Street Food Tour

Hanoi City Sightseeing and Street Food Tour

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Kick off your Hanoi stay with a half-day motorbike tour of the city. Sit bak and relax as local drivers transport you through the main streets and back alleys of this Vietnamese destination. Cruise past iconic landmarks, sample local cuisine and choose from one of three tour options to meet your interests and needs. This is the perfect way to get acclimated to the city and begin to explore with the wind in your hair!
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Hanoi Vespa After Dark vespa food tour

Hanoi Vespa After Dark vespa food tour

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Tour start every night  16:00 to 22:00 tour with beautifull vintage vespa and proffesional team will take you to see hanoi nighlife, and enjoy the most famous the traditional food in hanoi where you will try and eat Bun Cha Obama, and Nem, Pho Cuon, and many different dishes, our vintage vespa riders will take you through most beautiful street in hanoi for your get great picture,of hanoi night life, enjoy egg coffee, and fun at local life music bar with delicious drinks
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Hanoi City Full-Day Tour

Hanoi City Full-Day Tour

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Spend a day exploring Hanoi, Vietnam’s mesmerizing capital city. Learn about its history at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square and Presidential Palace with an informative guide. After lunch, get a glimpse of Vietnamese culture at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology or Bat Trang ceramic village, then see the Temple of Literature and Ngoc Son Temple. You have the option to add on a traditional water puppet show; round-trip hotel transport included.
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  • 8 hours
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Half-Day Hanoi Food Tour by Motorbike

Half-Day Hanoi Food Tour by Motorbike

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Discover the rich history and charm of Hanoi on a half-day food tour by scooter. Travel around the Old Quarter, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and West Lake at a relaxed pace and see the city from a unique perspective. You’ll visit the most popular sights, where you can stop for plenty of photo ops.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Hanoi Motorbike Sightseeing and Food Tour

Private Hanoi Motorbike Sightseeing and Food Tour

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Hanoi is much bigger than just the Old Quarter. Even though it’s the center of the capital, rich in history and culture, the Old Quarter is still just a small part of the city. Get on a motorbike, we will take you outside and show you areas that most travelers don’t get to see. It’s a different feeling on our motorbikes, going through some lesser known spots, cultural sites while our local Hanoian tour guides explain all about the history of the thousand-year-old city. Besides, you’ll also have the chance to taste some exquisite street food too!
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Hanoi Sightseeing And Food Tour By Scooter

Hanoi Sightseeing And Food Tour By Scooter

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This combination tour is a great way to see some of the city’s local highlights without having to worry about what you’re going to do for lunch or dinner afterwards. Instead of cramming into a crowded minivan, zip through the Hanoi streets on the back of a motorbike, seeing sights like the West Lake and the Dong Xuan Market. After that, follow your guide through the streets of the Old Quarter and sample a range of Vietnamese street food, more than enough for a meal.
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  • 4 hours
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Full-Day Hanoi City Group Tour

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This full-day tour of Hanoi offers great value for first-time visitors. As you head to must-see Hanoi sights such as One Pillar Pagoda and Hoan Kiem Lake, your guide fills you in on stories about the city that you might have missed on your own. Lunch, entrance fees, and transportation are included, too, so you don’t have any surprise expenses.
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  • 1 day
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Half-Day Hanoi Foodie Tour on Bike

Half-Day Hanoi Foodie Tour on Bike

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Sample Vietnamese street food during a relaxing bicycle ride around West Lake, and spend time at attractions along the route. Pedaling just 17 miles (27 km), you’ll have plenty of photo stops at lotus ponds and ancient pagodas set against a backdrop of skyscrapers. Going with a guide gives you easy access to the lakeside stalls and several delicious dishes. Transfer by taxi from hotels in Hanoi’s Old Quarter.
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  • 4 hours
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Hanoi Half-Day Food and Sights Motorbike Tour

Hanoi Half-Day Food and Sights Motorbike Tour

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  • 4 hours
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Small-group motorbike sightseeing and food tour in Hanoi

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This is a whole new experience and different feeling on the back of motorbikes, going through some lesser known spots, cultural sites to understand the thousand-year-old city. The great street foods also are highlight and should not be missed.
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  • 4 hours
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Hanoi nightlife discovery by motorbike

Hanoi nightlife discovery by motorbike

Crazy motorbike tour with locals in Hanoi! Don’t be scared, join us to understand how to survive in Vietnamese traffic. What is more interesting than hanging out like a local after sunset on a local vehicle? Drive through green streets to find out a different Hanoi – romantic place right next to bustling Old Quarter. Take in the lively night vibes of Hanoi, understand how the locals chill out at night and enjoy amazing street snacks right on the sidewalk.
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Romantic Sunset Party

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  • 3 hours
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Cooking class with market visit

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Unlike plenty of cooking classes in town that only do the demotration class to save up cost. We would like to give you the full experience of not only cooking but culture exchange. Cooking with us you will not only learn how to cook Hanoian food but also learn how, why we cook. Enjoy the result of your cooking at the end in a lovely house in the middle of cozy garden would be a nice treat for you.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Private Guided Half Day Hanoi Early Bird Tour by Bike

Private Guided Half Day Hanoi Early Bird Tour by Bike

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  • 4 hours
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Private Hanoi Foodie tour with motorbike

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Hanoi Sunset Motorbike Tour And Hidden Music

Hanoi Sunset Motorbike Tour And Hidden Music

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  • 3 hours
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Half Day Ha Noi Tour by E-bike

Half Day Ha Noi Tour by E-bike

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This fun-packed half day includes culture, adventure and some of the local highlights of Hanoi. The journey begins in peaceful West Lake where you are taken safely down backroads and tracks to 'banana island', an oasis just outside Hanoi's old quarter. The tour then winds its way through the busy streets stopping at city centre points of interest; O Quan Chuong gate, St. Joseph's Cathedral, the railway village and Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum. Enjoy lunch at a Vietnamese vegan buffet in Tay Ho at the end of our trip. Highlights ▪️ West Lake ▪️ Banana Island ▪️ Long Bien Birdge ▪️ Thanh Ha Market ▪️ O Quan Chuong Gate ▪️ Hoan Kiem Lake ▪️ St.Joseph‘s Cathedral ▪️ Railway Village ▪️ Ho chi Minh’s Mausoleum
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Vespa After Dark Tour in Hanoi

Vespa After Dark Tour in Hanoi

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18:00-22:00 We don't sell just a tour. We sell the satisfaction. Hanoi after dark is completely different with what you see on the daytime. The city now becomes a shimmering, colorful and exciting with night activities. The adventurous excursion is combined with the riding of Vespa through some landmarks in the city and tasting the local cuisine. A night of fun and amazement start with a cruise through the bustling streets, narrow alleys, important monuments, beautiful tree-lined avenues all with a rich hidden history and tradition. Be sure you come with the empty stomach because during your journey, you will stop to enjoy some of the local specialties that are only found in Hanoi. Go deep into the nightlife while being driven to local bars and lounges where the young generation and even the older people come to unwind and flaunt their unique styles. Come and enjoy the nightlife of Hanoi with us. We commit to giving you a fun and memorable time on your trip to our beloved country.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 78.00
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Hanoi City Tour half day by Motorbike with lunch

Hanoi City Tour half day by Motorbike with lunch

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See Hanoi like the locals do: on the back of a motorbike. You’ll get a personalized look at the Vietnamese capital and get a taste of its cuisine along the way. See pagodas, bridges, and other landmarks while a private driver takes you around Hoan Kiem Lake. Then finish your half-day excursion with a restaurant lunch and drink.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 63.00
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Hanoi City Tour Full Day

Hanoi City Tour Full Day

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Spend a day exploring Hanoi, Vietnam’s mesmerizing capital city. Learn about its history at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square and Presidential Palace with an informative guide. After lunch, get a glimpse of Vietnamese culture at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology or Bat Trang ceramic village, then see the Temple of Literature and Ngoc Son Temple. You have the option to add on a traditional water puppet show; round-trip hotel transport included.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 30.00
Price varies by group size
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US$ 30.00
Price varies by group size

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