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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

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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


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

Carolyn W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This is my second time seeing the Water Puppet Show so obviously you can't miss this.

Sinead O'Byrne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Bravo for excellent services!!! Amazing Hanoi tour, taste some typical Hanoi foods like Bun Cha, Pho Con, the locals while sipping a cup coffee, discover Hanoi history and cultural with guide Trung, a young and energic Hanoian who takes you everywhere with fun and knowledges. A full day of many activities, tired and so many fun.

Knaap Joo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Highly recommend for one day tour combined sighseeing, then went for coffee and street food


4 star rating: Recommended September 2016

Great tour, great guide. Very informative. Just ended up being the two of us with our guide. Water Puppet Show is a dud - people falling asleep all around me.

Ritche K Lee L

4 star rating: Recommended April 2016

It was great! Tour guide was really nice and accommodating. Really enjoyed this tour.


4 star rating: Recommended April 2016

Good tour but just so mad in Hanoi you don't actually travel very far poppet show was just 2nins from our hotel

Miss C H K W

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

The Hanoi City tour is great value for money as you get to see all the main sites and a very substantial lunch is included the food was very good. Our guide was very informative and friendly and despite there being a mix up about breakfast not included in the package as stated on the Viator website our guide was kind enough to buy us both a banh mi to go with our egg coffees. Despite the torrential rain had to buy ponchos and wade through ankle deep water, the tour was very enjoyable and we got to find out about the history of Northern Vietnam. The Museum of Ethonology was a highlight as you get to go outside and explore full-size houses from all the different ethnic groups. We also stopped at a lacquer workshop where we got to see people working on the different stages of creating the famed Vietnamese lacquer paintings and products. The cyclo ride at the end of the day was also a good way to see more of the Old Quarter. Some people may find the day slightly rushed but this tour is definitely a good way to fit in a great deal of sight-seeing and history if you are short on time.

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