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

Hanoi, Vietnam
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10 hours  (Approx.)
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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.
  • Full-day private sightseeing tour of Hanoi
  • Take an early morning cyclo tour into the heart of the capital
  • See important buildings in Ba Dinh Square, and view the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Temple of Literature
  • Visit Hoan Kiem Lake’s Ngoc Son Temple and watch a water puppet show
  • Enjoy a Vietnamese breakfast plus coffee, lunch and local beer
  • Learn about local customs and city life with informative and personalized commentary by a friendly guide
  • Includes transport by air-conditioned private car
After early pickup from your hotel by your private guide, start your Hanoi sightseeing tour aboard a three-wheeled bicycle taxi known as a cyclo.

Experience the Old Quarter up close as your cyclo winds through the historical center of the capital, which contains narrow streets and alleyways filled with tiny shops and the daily life of the city. Old streets are named after the crafts that were once produced there by artisan guilds that date back to the 13th century. Your cyclo tour ends at St Joseph’s Cathedral (Nha Tho Lon), a Gothic Revival style Catholic church built in the late 19th-century.

Take a break for a quintessential Hanoi breakfast: slurp down a bowl of pho bo (beef noodle soup), then follow it up with a cup of strong Vietnamese coffee. Your guide teaches you the language to order ca phe sua nong (hot coffee with sweetened condensed milk) or ca phe nong (hot black coffee, usually with sugar). 

After eating, your climate-controlled private vehicle takes you to Ba Dinh Square, site of the President’s Palace and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the historical One Pillar Pagoda—an iconic Buddhist temple that dates to 1049, the Temple of Literature, and view Long Bien Bridge—built during the French colonial period.

Relax over a Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant, then see the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Hoan Kiem Lake (Sword Lake) and Ngoc Son Temple (Temple of the Jade Mountain), located on an islet in the lake. Finally, your guide accompanies you to a water puppet show that delves into Vietnam’s mythology and traditions.

Enjoy another classic treat, quaffing a local beer at Bia Hoi Junction (aka Bia Hoi Corner), before your guide returns you to your hotel.

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a quick view of hanoi
, Oct 2018
Pick up on time at the hotel.Great view of the city starting with Ho Chi Minh mosoleum, the garden then the anthropology museum.Lunch and then water puppets and cyclo.Fine
We booked this private tour for our...
, Jul 2018
We booked this private tour for our family of 6 including 2 children ages 7 and 11. Our tour guide was Chan. Although she was very polite and nice, we would not recommend this tour for the following reasons: 1 Our instructions indicated to be ready no later than 7:45 am, but the tour guide showed up at our hotel at 9:00 am after the hotel called the tour company for an update. If this is a private tour, there is no reason why the tour guide should be late. 2 Our guide was very sweet, but we could not understand her English. 3 We ran out of time to do activities as the tour guide was over one hour late to the hotel. 4 The tour included the water puppet show, but rather than have already the tickets purchased for our family, a significant amount of time was taken from our tour time for the tour guide to go purchase the tickets which were almost sold out in the first place we went to and had to go to a second water puppet show place to get tickets. The tickets should have been purchased already. Overall, I feel the tour company forgot completely about our booking until we placed the call in the morning because we had not been picked up. This tour company is not reliable.
Started out a little shaky. The...
, Apr 2018
Started out a little shaky. The tour guide was late and there was no breakfast included we did eat at the hotel prior so it was no big deal for us. Our guide turned out to be awesome. Knowledgeable and very friendly. We booked out tour for a Sunday due to how out trip played out. I do not recommend going on a Sunday. Sunday is the day that thousands of people go to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum so we were not able to go in due to the expected four hours or more standing in line. The tour guide and driver adjusted and made it an amazing day. Water puppets and cyclo rides were a great addition to end our day.
This was a wonderful diverse tour...
Michael D
, Apr 2018
This was a wonderful diverse tour. Guide was punctual, well informed and his English was excellent. I can hardly believe we did so much in one day. The Museum of Ethnology was made a high spot by the extremely interesting narrative of the guide. The cyclo tour of the Old Quarter was not to be missed and the Water Puppets was certainly different. A well thought out tour giving a great overview of Hanoi. A tour not to be missed.
Very good exposure to Hanoi in one...
Barry F
, Apr 2018
Very good exposure to Hanoi in one day! A little rushed but had to be to cover all the things we saw this day.
I only had a limited time in Hanoi...
Sarah Goodman
, Mar 2018
I only had a limited time in Hanoi after a business trip and wanted to get out and see the sights. The tour was wonderful, Hanoi with richl history, colour and flavour. Our guide Kien spoke good English and was friendly, informative and helpful. Very impression with tour service
Hanoi is a very busy charming city...
, Mar 2018
Hanoi is a very busy charming city and mr Hoa from Bravo Hanoi Tours was great. We feel very enjoy about this trip and the services company provided to us. Highly recommend this trip for every one
I was not satisfied with this tour...
Dzung T
, Mar 2018
I was not satisfied with this tour. I booked a private tour for the day, but we were joined by another person, who had also booked a private tour and was not happy. Our guide seemed quite confused as to what was on the agenda for the day i.e. he did not know that breakfast was included, so we spent quite a bit of time looking around for somewhere to eat as most places were closed. Our guide told us there would be no cyclo ride as none of the cyclos were operating that day. However later in the day we found some cyclos that were operating and after a lot of running around on the part of our guide he managed to get some for us to enjoy the ride through the streets of Hanoi. Even though we had ordered and paid for 3 water puppet show tickets prior to our departure to Vietnam, our guide said he had to go and buy 2 more tickets for the show even though there was only 1 extra person and this meant that our party of 3 were split up and we were not sitting together. Our guide kept disappearing during the day, through no fault of his own, to do all this extra planning that should have been in place before the tour began. I believe the whole day tour was disorganised and lacked structure due to bad planning on the part of your company. Yes I know it was New Years Day, but you knew that when we booked the tour and you should have shown more consideration and planned around that fact. I do not blame the guide or driver for any of the disorganisation of the day, they did the best they could in bad circumstances.
We had an awful experience with our...
, Mar 2018
We had an awful experience with our tour. The guide didn't fullfil what was specified in the tour information. He didn't want to take us for breakfast (even when it was specified in the tour information), he didn't take us to all the specified touristic places in Hanoi, instead he took us to many stores to buy souvenirs; then he wanted us to pay the lunch, but we told him that lunch was included according to the tour information, so he made us pay only the beverages; of course he didn't gave us the water bottles; during the transportation he didn't give us any information about the city; then we went to the Ho Chi Minh museum (because we asked to, even when it was also included) and he didn't explain anything to us, he was sat waiting for us (I have a photo of him) while other guides from others tours were explaining to the tourists. The only thing that he show us was a Ho Chi Minh photo and he said that he was a good person and for that reason he was famous. We suspect that we went to many souvenir stores because the guide wanted to go to the restroom. In addition the guide didn't hace historia official guide badge. Finally, the guide asked for a tip of 50 USD. Of course, we didn't have our local beer. This is the most dissapointing tour we have ever had
Firstly, it is not a 10-hour trip as...
Peteology C
, Dec 2017
Firstly, it is not a 10-hour trip as advertised. Secondly, the guide was late for an hour. She thought informing the hotel reception about the amended tour time would suffice, but the hotel reception did not inform us about the delay. The guide was also apparently unclear about the itinerary and even had to check with our paper at hand to know some of the places to go. Certainly not recommended.

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