• 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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 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.

Michael D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 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.

Barry F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 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.

Daniel K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Great tour. Great Guide

Sarah Goodman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 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

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

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