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Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) Tours

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Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
A key landmark in the historical center of Hanoi, charming Hoan Kiem Lake (Lake of the Restored Sword) offers a peaceful escape from the hectic pace and crowds of the city. It’s a popular meeting spot, and also makes a great place to people watch and experience local culture. 
 
The Basics
The best way to enjoy the lake is on foot. A walking path circling the lake can be completed in 30 minutes. Plenty of trees and benches offer shade and a place to rest around the lake. Along the way, take in views of Turtle Tower, or visit Ngoc Son Temple, situated on an island in the lake. Or stop at a café or restaurant nearby and watch life in Hanoi unfold in front of you.
 
Hoan Kiem Lake is a popular destination and most sightseeing tours will feature a stop here, along with other attractions like the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the One Pillar Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature. 
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Hoan Kiem Lake is a must-see for first time visitors to Hanoi.
  • Don’t forget to bring your camera for, as there are many photogenic spots in and around the lake.
  • It’s free to visit Hoan Kiem lake, but there is a fee to enter Ngoc Son Temple.
  • It’s not possible to visit Turtle Tower.
 
How to Get There
The lake is located between the Old Quarter, to its north, and the French Quarter, to its south, making it easy to walk to from either location, as well as most of central Hanoi. It’s also accessible via taxi and the 9 or 36 bus.
 
When to Get There
In the early morning, catch locals exercising and doing Tai Chi. Come back at night to see the city lights reflected in the water. Weekend nights, the area around the lake is closed off to motorized traffic.
 
Lake of the Restored Sword
Hoan Kiem Lake is also known is the Lake of the Restored Sword. There are variations to the legend behind how the lake got that name, but they all feature Emperor Le Loi, whose borrowed magic sword enabled him to defeat the invading Chinese in the 15th century. In the center of the lake you can see Turtle Tower, which honors the magic golden turtle that delivered the sword back to its owner. 
Address: Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Private Hanoi City Half-Day Tour

Private Hanoi City Half-Day Tour

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Get a feel for Hanoi on a private sightseeing tour. Your own personal guide shares the city’s highlights and local culture, with your choice of itineraries that both include the Old Quarter. Choose a morning departure and see the Ho Chi Minh Complex, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Depart in the afternoon for the Museum of History, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$28.00
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Small Group Hanoi Street Food Tour with a Real Foodie

Small Group Hanoi Street Food Tour with a Real Foodie

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Navigating Hanoi’s busy streets on your own can be challenging, but on this food walking tour, you just need to follow your guide to tasty spots. Although the itinerary may change, possible tastings on include rice noodle soup with beef, snails, steamed pancakes, Vietnamese sandwiches and various kinds of donuts. You’ll also enjoy lunch or dinner at a restaurant, depending on the departure time you choose.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$28.21
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Full-Day Hanoi City Tour

Full-Day Hanoi City Tour

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Discover Hanoi on a full-day city tour that introduces you to major attractions such as the Old Quarter and Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake). With a guide, learn about the city's history as you visit One Pillar Pagoda, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Ho Chi Minh Presidential Palace Historical Site, and the Temple of Literature. Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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US$36.00
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Highlights of Hanoi Full-Day City Tour with Lunch

Highlights of Hanoi Full-Day City Tour with Lunch

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Discover Hanoi's dynamic energy and ancient traditions on a full-day tour of the city's highlights that features a Vietnamese lunch in an Old Quarter restaurant. You'll see a long list of landmarks that include the historic Tran Quoc Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature, and Hoan Kiem Lake, with a guide to share stories about local history and culture. This full-day tour of Hanoi offers the convenience of pickup and drop-off at hotels in Hanoi's Old Quarter, and all entrance fees are included.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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US$44.50
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Private Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour With Real Foodie

Private Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour With Real Foodie

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Any visitor to Hanoi is faced with a multitude of choices when it comes to Vietnamese cuisine. This private walking tour with a foodie as your guide takes away the guesswork. Let an insider lead the way to some of the best food stands and eateries in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. You’ll observe local life while filling up on flavors that make Hanoi a culinary destination.
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  • 3 hours
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US$36.93
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Hanoi Full-Day City Tour

Hanoi Full-Day City Tour

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With colonial architecture, Communist landmarks, and Buddhist heritage, Hanoi offers a glimpse of Vietnam at its most picturesque and vibrant. Explore the city on a full-day guided tour that takes in Old Quarter sights, ancient temples, and Hoan Kiem Lake, with round-trip hotel transfer, a Vietnamese lunch, and entrance fees included.
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  • 1 day
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US$28.00
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Highlight- Hanoi city tour and Cycle around old quarter

Highlight- Hanoi city tour and Cycle around old quarter

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Discover the best that Hanoi has to offer on this small-group city tour. Visit key landmarks such as the Ho Chi Minh Complex dedicated to the former leader, the Confucian Temple of Literature, Tran Quoc Pagoda in the middle of the lake, and the Hoa Lo Prison also known as the Hanoi Hilton. Learn about the history of Vietnam from your guide and discover Hanoi’s Old Quarter by bicycle.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Private Tour: Hanoi City Tour Including Water Puppet Show and Cyclo Ride

Private Tour: Hanoi City Tour Including Water Puppet Show and Cyclo Ride

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Explore vibrant Hanoi with a private guide on a full-day sightseeing tour that hits all the highlights of Vietnam's capital city. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Temple of Literature and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, in addition to sites such as One Pillar Pagoda and Ngoc Son Temple. You'll also attend a water puppet show and see the Old Quarter up close on a cyclo tour. Your tour includes a typical and tasty Vietnamese breakfast and lunch, plus Vietnamese coffee to start your day and a local beer to wind down.
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  • 8 hours
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US$89.00
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Hanoi Old Quarter with Cyclo Tours for Small Group

Hanoi Old Quarter with Cyclo Tours for Small Group

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Admire the tranquil beauty of Hoan Kiem Lake and visit its resident Ngoc Son Temple, translated as Temple of the Jade Mountain. Then take an exciting cyclo tour through the Old Quarter where travelers can comb through the stalls of local markets selling handmade goods to end the day. -------- NO TIP FOR GUIDE -------- - We are totally free tour guides. So we do not receive tips because we want to keep purity of guides. - If you are satisfied with the tour. It is amazing to leave a 5-star review in Tripadvisor, because your review is an emotional gift for your tour guide and help them to keep their motivations. -------------- Remember, we are just local guides. We know Hanoi, and would love to show you with the best as we can. Dont expect a lot, but for sure, it will be one of the most memorable you would do in Hanoi.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Hanoi Tasting Tour Includes Great Street Foods

Hanoi Tasting Tour Includes Great Street Foods

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Hanoi is known for its tasty street eats, but knowing what to sample takes insider knowledge. On this local-led foodie tour, you’ll escape the tourist track and learn where locals prefer to eat. Taste an array of regional foods and beverages, learning the little-known historical background of each dish. You’ll also discover the history and architecture of Old Hanoi along the way.
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  • 3 hours
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US$28.34
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Full-day Private Hanoi Sightseeing And Rickshaw Tour

Full-day Private Hanoi Sightseeing And Rickshaw Tour

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With just one day to explore Hanoi, a private tour means you can take in the sights at your own pace. Visit landmarks including the Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and One Pillar pagoda; enjoy views of Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple; tuck into a delicious Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant; then ride in a rickshaw around the atmospheric Old Quarter.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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US$30.77
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Half-Day Tour of Ancient Hanoi

Half-Day Tour of Ancient Hanoi

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See the highlights of historic Hanoi on a 4-hour tour of the city that includes the Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about Vietnam’s history and traditions at a series of landmarks, then take a traditional 'cyclo' ride through the Old Quarter on a three-wheeled, bike-powered pedicab. This small-group tour is limited to 10 participants for a personalized experience, and all entrance fees are included, as well as pickup and drop-off at Hanoi hotels.
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  • 4 hours
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US$49.00
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Ninh Binh 2D/1N from Hanoi: Hoa Lu - Tam Coc - Mua Cave - Bai Dinh - Trang An

Ninh Binh 2D/1N from Hanoi: Hoa Lu - Tam Coc - Mua Cave - Bai Dinh - Trang An

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- Visit rural life & less touristy destination from Hanoi - Visit Hoa Lu – the ancient capital of Vietnam in 10th century. - Experience amazing History & architecture of King Dinh & King Le temple. - Soft biking trip around villages. - Boat trip to visit Tam Coc & Trang An - Halong bay onland. - Hiking & Climbing Mua cave mountain to see the panoramic view of limestone mountains, Tam Coc, Rice fields & Villages in Ninh Binh. - Visit Bai Dinh Pagoda – the most famous & biggest Pagoda in the Southeast Asia with many records set such as 500 Stone - Arhat Statues, 36 ton-bronze Bell, 100 ton-Buddha Statue… - Enjoy a peaceful night at a very nice bungalow - Enjoy amazing local foods. - Make friends from over the world - Friendly services, save time & money.
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  • 2 days
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Hanoi Half-day Tour with Touch of Local Food & Culture

Hanoi Half-day Tour with Touch of Local Food & Culture

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There is different way to discover the city; however, one of the best ways is seeing the city on an open-air war-time jeep car. On our special Jeep car, all you need is sit back and relax. By jeep, our guide will show you the true vibrant life of local people, and also famous sight-seeing.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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BonBon Experience: Hanoi Coffee Tour

BonBon Experience: Hanoi Coffee Tour

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Hanoi is captivating with its mysterious beauty that is best taken in slowly. People said that: “You can’t leave Hanoi without knowing and having a sip of the famous Vietnamese coffee”. If you are a coffee enthusiast, don’t miss trying out a good cup of black, milk or even egg coffee in Hanoi. You can do this as easily as with a well-placed order in a roadside coffee shack, a cafe, or restaurant, but you can also go on a tour. Come with us to the most unique and well-hidden coffee spots in Hanoi while learning about this city’s culture along the way.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Street Food Tour & Water Puppet Show at Hanoi Old Quarter

Street Food Tour & Water Puppet Show at Hanoi Old Quarter

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You can choose: Option 1: Small Group Food Tour & Free Old Quarter Walking Tour (6 hours) - Include 2 tours: 1. Small Group Food Tour - Type of tour: Small group (6 - 8pax) - Guide: Professional 2. Free Old Quarter Tour: - Duration: 2,5 - 3 hours - Type of tour: Private - Guide: Volunteer guide - Note: You will only pay what you try (about 2,1 usd/person) [RECOMMENDATION] Option 2: Small Group Food Tour & Free Old Quarter Walking Tour & Water Puppet Show (7 hours) - Include 3 Services: 1. Small Group Food - Duration: 2,5 - 3 hours - Type of tour: Small group (6 - 8pax) - Guide: Professional 2. Free Old Quarter Tour: - Type of tour: Private - Guide: Volunteer guide - Note: You will only pay what you try (about 2,1 usd/person) 3. Water Puppet Show - Duration: 50 minutes - Theater: Lotus Water Puppet Theater (16 Le Thai To, Hoan Kiem)
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  • 3 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$5.20
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Hanoi Old Quarter Walking With Local Guide

Hanoi Old Quarter Walking With Local Guide

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We are AZ Local Trip NPO Team, a non-profit organisation by local university students, who have been living in our beloved-city, Hanoi for years. We would love to show you the best of Hanoi, including the hidden places, best foods and interesting life stories. -------------- Remember, we are just local guides. We know Hanoi, and would love to show you with the best as we can. Dont expect a lot, but for sure, it will be one of the most memorable you would do in Hanoi. -------------- You Can Choice 3 Option -------------- 1. (RECOMMEND) Include the Puppet Show Ticket - After the tour, you will enjoy Water Puppet Show (Must see to Hanoi) 2. Street Food Tour With this option, you have 2 tour: Old Quarter Tour (Private Tour) and Street Food Tour (Small Group) 3. Old Quarter Walking Tour
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$9.35
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Hanoi Old Quater Walking Tour

Hanoi Old Quater Walking Tour

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We are Hanoi Free Local Tours, a non-profit organisation by local university students, who have been living in our beloved-city, Hanoi for years. We would love to show you the best of Hanoi, including the hidden places, best foods and interesting life stories. -------------- Remember, we are just local guides. We know Hanoi, and would love to show you with the best as we can. Dont expect a lot, but for sure, it will be one of the most memorable you would do in Hanoi. -------------- We have 3 options to choose -------------- 1. (RECOMMEND) Include the Puppet Show Ticket - After the tour, you will enjoy Water Puppet Show in 50 minutes (one of must-do thing in Hanoi) 2. Street Food Tour With this option, you have 2 tour: Old Quarter Tour (Private Tour) and Street Food Tour (Small Group) 3. Old Quarter Walking Tour
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  • 3 hours
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HANOI PRIVATE CITY TOUR (Guide in all language)

HANOI PRIVATE CITY TOUR (Guide in all language)

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- Pick up - drop off from your hotel in Hanoi for best convinience. - We visit to all most-wanted attractions in town. - Daily life of Hanoi people best presented to customers. - Discover the part of the city hardly other visit - Easy to customize following customers' desire. - Customers can choose out 1 of the mentioned museum to visit following demand.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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Private Full-Day Hanoi City Tour

Private Full-Day Hanoi City Tour

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Discover the culture and history of Hanoi on a full day of sightseeing around the Vietnamese capital. This private tour is led by a personal guide who introduces you to local life, past and present. You’ll tour the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature and Hoan Kiem Lake. Your itinerary includes lunch with the option to upgrade for private hotel transport.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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US$89.75
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Hanoi Cyclo Ride and Water Puppet Show

Hanoi Cyclo Ride and Water Puppet Show

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Explore Hanoi on a morning sightseeing tour and take a cyclo ride around the Old Quarter in the afternoon. A knowledgeable guide first accompanies you to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and Tran Quoc Pagoda on West Lake. After lunch, walk to Ngoc Son Temple on Hoa Kiem Lake, followed by a water puppet show at the end of the day.
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  • 1 day
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Private Hanoi Full-Day City Tour with Cyclo Ride

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Private Hanoi Full-Day City Tour with Cyclo Ride

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Learn about Vietnam’s storied history and contemporary life on a full-day private tour of Hanoi. Hear insightful commentary from your own personal guide, who sheds light on the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda and Temple of Literature. Learn about traditional customs at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, then visit Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple and Huc Bridge before a stroll to the Old Quarter. Your itinerary includes a cyclo tour around the city.
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  • 8 hours
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Hanoi Discovery Half-Day Private Tour

Hanoi Discovery Half-Day Private Tour

With limited time in Hanoi, this half-day tour offers a comprehensive introduction to the city’s most memorable sights. Benefit from the undivided attention of your private guide as you visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature. Continue to Hoan Kiem Lake, where highlights include the Opera House and Ngoc Son Temple.
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  • 4 hours
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US$64.00
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Hanoi Full-Day City Tour Including Cyclo Ride and Water Puppet Show

Hanoi Full-Day City Tour Including Cyclo Ride and Water Puppet Show

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Hanoi is riddled with ancient buildings and cultural landmarks; this day trip takes you around several of those significant sights. Instead of wasting time researching where to go or getting lost in the hectic Hanoi streets, take a nimble pedal-taxi around popular historic highlights like the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature, Ngoc Son Temple and One Pillar Pagoda. End the day with a traditional water puppet performance on the banks of Hoan Kiem Lake.
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  • 10 hours
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