• Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Duration: 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

What You Can Expect

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

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

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.

Customer Reviews

Wolfgang N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Very informative tour with a very knowledgeable guide. I can only recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Sam is a terrific person conscientious, articulate, knowledgeable, thoughtful, and attentive to detail. No criticisms whatsoever. I could have skipped the water puppet show, but obviously it is a popular activity for tourists and others. Suspect I don't understand how difficult it is to perform. If I ever return to Hanoi, I would be happy to have the same guide!

Joseph C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Good tour of Hanoi. It was rainning all day, it was worth every penny.

Steve Igor

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

So lots of interesting experience with our day trip in Hanoi. Our guide Thanh of Bravo Indochina Tours is really knowledgeable. He told us a lot about Hanoi history and about local food, lifestyle. Highly recommend

Geoffrey D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

I'm not sure if we were lucky or whether it's standard practise but my husband and I had a charming tour guide to ourselves. Not only were we able to ask questions easily but she was happy to do things at our pace. We feel we saw most of the important features of Hanoi, and learnt a lot of its history along the way. Well worth while and great value for money.

Pamela C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Singh was an excellent guide in the cultural, political and religious background to Vietnam--really excellent. We hit places of interest. Oddly, the only thing I could have done without was the cycloride around Old Quarter (walking my preference). But it was time and money well spent.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Tour was to start with hotel lobby pickup at 7am. By 7:30am no show. No one answered phone in tour office. Called again at 8 am, no answer. Called again at 8:15am, finally got a response, then hang up. They called backed 10 minutes later. They claimed to have tried calling my room, no response...of course no as I was waiting in lobby as instructed. Think they simply did not intend to pick me up. Finally picked up at 9:25am. Tour guide said he was called by your office to come to hotel at 8:30am, further asked me to say I was his friend, not your client ask office had not prepared official documents for your...all leading me to think office never planned to provide my tour. In end tour was excellent. Guide and driver were perfect. I enjoyed the 9 hours tour. Really upset with management for keeping me waiting two and a half hours and lots of anxiety. Viator gave 10 discount on 109 cost. Think Viator could have done better. Other Viator to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc was 45 minutes late pick up!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We were met by our guide, who explained the excursion to us. She had organised a driver who was amazing in the traffic. At all times we felt she understood her subject, was able to communicate it to us in an interesting manner. Breakfast and lunch was fabulous, the cyclo trip through the traffic really made us understand the frenetic nature of Hanoi traffic. Loved the puppet show.

Friedemann K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Excellent tour and good organized! High Flexiblity for our wishes.

Felson T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We really enjoyed the Hanoi city tour so much, a highlight of our trip and guide Huong were absolutely welcoming and knowledgeable, the lunch at 5 spicy restaurant was also excellent. This was a highlight to our overall trip. Highly recommended

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