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Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) Tours and Activities

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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2-day Sapa visit and Fansipan by cable car from Hanoi

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This tour is designed for travelers who both want to visit Fansipan peak - "The roof of Indochina" and Sapa in the short time - only 2 days 1 night.
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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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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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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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Private Walking Tour of Hanoi City

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GENERAL INFORMATION: We are a nonprofit organization established in 2015. We supply top-quality student trained guides who are well trained and well understand about Hanoi, Vietnam, and related knowledge. We would love to show you things you haven't seen in books, magazines or on the internet before. To get to know more about our organization' operation, please leave your email and/or WhatsApp number(if it is possible). So, we can contact you soon.
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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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Hanoi Old Quarter Walking Tour Guide (half day)

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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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Hanoi Customized Tour By Motobike - 3,5 hours

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Our tours are customized according to tourists' schedule. In some case, tourists have visited some places, we recommend other sites to help tourists discover every corner in Hanoi. When it comes to time, supposed that tourists have landed in Hanoi at 9am and they want to take Motobike tours at 10am, we are glad to provide customized tours. - Customized time - Customize places to visit - Other customize --------- ITINERARY --------- - Pick you up at your hotel/hostel on time. - Take a short conversation to discuss tour's itinerary which depends on tourists' schedule - Start exploring Hanoi on your own terms by motobike - The itinerary is customized by you. - All drinks and foods, entrance fees you have to pay by yourself --------- RECOMMENDED DESTINATION --------- Here are out-standing destinations in Hanoi that you should pay a visit to
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Private Guided Tour of Hanoi

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GENERAL INFORMATION: We are a nonprofit organization established in 2015. We supply top-quality student trained guides who are well trained and well understand about Hanoi, Vietnam, and related knowledge. We would love to show you things you haven't seen in books, magazines or on the internet before. To get to know more about our organization' operation, please leave your email and/or WhatsApp number(if it is possible). So, we can contact you soon.
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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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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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(Evening) HANOI CUSTOMIZED Walking Tour

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BOOKING FEE REFUND POLICY: All tours from the "Hanoi Free Private Tour Guide" are provided at no charge. According to Tripadvisor policy, however, to enable us to post our tours' information and you (as a tourist) can book our free service on the website, you will be charged 1$ per booking at the discount price. Tripadvisor receives $0.2 of the $1 as a fixed charge for operating a business. The other $0.8 (in equivalent Vietnamese Dong at current exchange rate) will be refunded to you by our tour guides when the tour takes place. GENERAL INFORMATION: We are a nonprofit organization established in 2015. We supply top-quality free tour guides who are well trained and well understand about Hanoi, Vietnam, and related knowledge. We would love to show you things you haven't seen in books, magazines or on the internet before.
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Hanoi Full Day City Tour Including Lunch & Water Puppet Show

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The colonial capital city Hanoi is a unique Asian city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and traditional pagodas and temples that date back hundreds of years. This morning full day city tour packed with historic attractions, ancient temples is exclusively designed for you to experience a cultural and traditional Hanoi. Discover Hanoi with us! Highlight: • Have a great opportunity to see the most famous spots in Hanoi • Lunch in local restaurant in Hanoi • Know more about Hanoi people and daily life of local • Enjoy Water Puppet Show
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Hanoi Old Quarter Private Walking Tour with Student Guide

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GENERAL INFORMATION: We are a nonprofit organization established in 2015. We supply top-quality student trained guides who are well trained and well understand about Hanoi, Vietnam, and related knowledge. We would love to show you things you haven't seen in books, magazines or on the internet before. To get to know more about our organization' operation, please leave your email and/or WhatsApp number(if it is possible). So, we can contact you soon.
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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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Vietnam Cambodia 7 Days

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Spend one week taking in the top attractions in Vietnam and Cambodia on a private tour that begins in Hanoi and ends in Siem Reap. Go sightseeing in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), take a full-day cruise on Halong Bay and another on the Mekong Delta, and visit the Cu Chi tunnels. Conclude by flying (own expense) to Siem Reap to spend a day viewing Angkor Wat and other nearby temples. Your tour includes hotel accommodation with breakfast, local guides, and transportation by private car.
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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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Small-Group Street Food Bike Tour of Hanoi Old Quarter

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See local life on a small-group cyclo and walking tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, aka 36 Old Streets. Stop by countless street-side shops, food stalls and family-owned eateries to sample regional specialties. You can relax while your cyclo driver does the pedaling on this ubiquitous form of transport. Select from several departure times for a tour with personalized commentary from an informative guide.
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