West Lake, Hanoi

West Lake, Hanoi: Our most recommended tours and activities

Hanoi: Culture and Sightseeing Tour in Vintage GAZ-69 Jeep

1. Hanoi: Culture and Sightseeing Tour in Vintage GAZ-69 Jeep

Tour Hanoi in a vintage GAZ-69, the classic Army jeep from the 50s and 60s during the Soviet Era. Go on a journey through the city’s many neighborhoods and get to know the Hanoi of the past and of today with a private or shared guide. Start off with pickup at your hotel or at a meeting point in Hanoi Old Quarter. Get a safety briefing from your guide before driving off on an adventure. Begin by diving straight into the labyrinth of backstreets and tiny alleyways to find out what everyday life in Hanoi is really like. Get an honest and authentic insight into the good, the bad, and the weird sides of the city. Next, drive past and visit the must-see sights, including Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, the centuries-old Buddhist and Taoist temples of Tran Quoc, the Temple of Literature, the historical train-street, the enchanting French Quarter, the Old Quarter, the romantic West Lake and Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Opera House and the famous Long Bien Bridge. On the final part of your Hanoi Jeep tour, escape the bustling city to the peaceful and alluring villages around West Lake and Truc Bach Lake. Experience first-hand how such contrasting lifestyles can co-exist between the city center and the outskirts. Find hidden tranquil spots beyond the thousands of skyscrapers. Along the way, stop at local restaurants, eateries and food stalls to savor the tastiest dishes Hanoi has to offer. Sample authentic dishes with secret recipes that have been passed down through generations.

Hanoi: Full-Day City Tour and Water Puppet Show

2. Hanoi: Full-Day City Tour and Water Puppet Show

Get picked up by your friendly guide and start to explore Hanoi City. Arrive at Tran Quoc Pagoda located on Golden Fish IsLand in West Lake. It is the oldest pagoda in Ha Noi, built in the 6th century. Visit the Ho Chi Minh complex, where you'll have a chance to see the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh then walk around the garden to see 2 houses where he lived and worked from 1954 to 1969. Then visit One Pillar Pagoda where people come to worship the Goddess of Mercy – it is the most unique padoga in the world. Visit Vietnam Ethnology Museum to learn about the culture of 54 ethnic groups living in the whole country of Vietnam. Have lunch at a restaurant. Enjoy Vietnamese cuisine with 8 delicious dishes. Continue to visit the Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam, established in the 11th century. Head to Hoa Lo Prison Museum which was originally used by the French colonists in Indochina for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam for U.S. prisoners of war during the Vietnam War. Get dropped off at the Water Puppet Theater and enjoy the show for about an hour.

Half-Day Hanoi Foodie Tour by Motorbike

3. Half-Day Hanoi Foodie Tour by Motorbike

The tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in the morning. Start your tour around Hanoi’s Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake, see the famous old buildings up close and feel the atmosphere of the local people doing business. Visit St.Joseph Cathedral and Hanoi Big Opera House. After that, arrive at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where you will have a guided tour, on foot, with a professional tour guide to talk you through its history and answer any questions you may have. Afterwards, ride around the city, outside of the Old Quarter, where most tourists don’t visit, past by some of the majestic, historical buildings to the edge of West Lake. And definitely can not miss Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in Hanoi. Followed by this, ride around West Lake, past some of the most expensive real estate in Vietnam, with a number of short stops for photo opportunities. Stop for lunch. Enjoy lunch at an authentic Vietnamese local food store. After lunch you will be taken to an infamous coffee place where they make our Vietnamese traditional egg coffee. Have a sip and the taste will carry you away. End of tour the guide will drop you off at your hotel

Hanoi: City Highlights Tour with Transfer and Lunch

4. Hanoi: City Highlights Tour with Transfer and Lunch

8h00 – 8h30: We pick you up at your hotel. We start to visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, including Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum - the final resting place of Vietnamese great father or Uncle Ho, President Ho Chi Minh's stilt house - where Uncle Ho lived and worked from 1958 to 1969, then visit Ho Chi Minh Museum where tourists will learn about his devotion for Viet Nam. 10h30 : We continue our trip to Tran Quoc pagoda, Budhist relics and national heritage, lying on one side of West Lake. 11h00 : Then we’ll proceed to visit one of these : Option 1 : Bat Trang Ceramics & Pottery Village ( On Mondays – Fridays ) Option 2 : Vietnam Museum of Ethnology ( On Tuesdays – Wednesday - Thursdays – Saturdays – Sundays ) 12h30 : Have lunch at a local restaurant. 13h30 – 13h45 : Continue to visit Temple of Literature – The first university in Vietnam. 15h30 : Leaving for Hoan Kiem Lake to visit Ngoc Son Temple where worships General Tran Hung Dao – The most talented general of Vietnam in the ancient time. 16h30 : The Trip end ! Back to Hotel

Hanoi 4.5-Hour Vespa Tour city tour

5. Hanoi 4.5-Hour Vespa Tour city tour

Discover Hanoi's most important landmarks and its way of life on this fun Vespa tour around the city. Travelling on a Vespa will provide you with a unique and exciting taste of Hanoi, experiencing the past, present and future. Your Vespa guide will navigate you to the must-see landmarks, away from the tourist areas that only a true native Hanoian would know. Some of the places included in the tour are the City Gate, Long Bien Bridge, West Lake, Tay Ho Temple and Van Nien Pagoda. Enjoy an authentic local lunch at a special restaurant and continue your trip to visit Ngu Hiep lake, home to a B-52 bomber wreckage, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - a 1000-year-old citadel and finally the French Quarter.

Hanoi: Half-Day Guided City Tour on Vintage Minsk Motorbike

6. Hanoi: Half-Day Guided City Tour on Vintage Minsk Motorbike

The tour starts by picking up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter or the meeting point. Choose to have a private guide or go on a fun group tour. You will be greeted by the guide and driver for a safety briefing and introduction to your Soviet-era Minsk bike. Then, begin your urban adventure to the best sights, neighborhoods, and food spots in Hanoi. Dive into the real Hanoi and visit the more hidden parts of the city. Taste a slice of Hanoian life in the maze of backstreets, tiny alleyways, local homes, schools, and markets, experiencing where and how locals live, work, and play. Next, move onto the second part of the tour, where you’ll pass by and stop at the must-see sights. You’ll see many places, including: Ho Chi Minh mausoleum (which is considered the Mecca of the Vietnamese), The 1000-year-old Buddhist and Taoist temples of Tran Quoc, the Temple of Literature, the historical training track, the enchanting French Quarter, the hustling and bustling Old Quarter, the romantic lakes of Hoan Kiem, West Lake, the Hanoi Opera House, and the famous Long Bien bridge. You will also visit the poetic and peaceful villages and floating community along the Red River. Enrich your experience with the harmonious contrast between the city and the countryside of Hanoi. While en route between stops, grab a bite to eat at authentic local restaurants, eateries, and food stalls. Savor the tastiest Hanoi’s dishes, including family heirloom and secret recipe dishes.

West Lake & French Quarter: Private Fun Jeep Drive

7. West Lake & French Quarter: Private Fun Jeep Drive

Choose from the list of fantastic Hanoi destinations and then head off on an adventure. Drive around the West Lake and the small streets and witness the daily routines of local people from the Jeep. The next stops on this trip are Hoang Hoa Tham Street and the former French Quarter. Hoang Hoa Tham Street is well known as one of the three traditional markets which sell flowers and ornamental trees with an eye-catching display of colorful and beautiful flowers. On the morning tour, you will have a break at a local tea or coffee house to enjoy Vietnamese traditional tea or coffee. In the afternoon you may take a break at HABECO (Hanoi Beverage Company) where traditional draught beer (Bia Hoi) is brewed using the brewery system built in 1890 by the French.

Hanoi: Shopping and Food Market Tour by Motorbike

8. Hanoi: Shopping and Food Market Tour by Motorbike

You meet up with your motorbike-riding-tour guide at your hotel in Hanoi downtown, then head to the first destination – Long Bien market, one of the biggest market in Hanoi with diversity kind of fruits. Next you will cross the bustle street for a short walking inside the most famous lake - West Lake with beautiful sights as well as enjoy the great atmosphere in the morning. The following stop-off is Chau Long market- seafood market. In this market, they sell many kind of fishes and other sea foods and come to Dong Xuan Market - or Cho Dong Xuan, is the oldest and largest market in Hanoi. If you want to go shopping and at the same time peep into the corridors of history, then Dong Xuan Market is the suitable place for you. This large multi-story market sells everything from fresh foods to home appliances, you can find them all here. Leaving the architectural and cultural spots for a second hand goods-selling area on motorbike will make you feel closer to the daily life of the local people. And then you will move to a Hanoi traditional restaurant for lunch. After a short rest, you will continue riding on motorbike to pass through Hanoi 36 Old Streets. You will enjoy lunch at an authentic Vietnamese local beer restaurant with a wonderful variety of unlimited food to cater for every taste. You will explore the way local people cooking. Spend time going shopping before our motorbike-riding tour guide take you back to your hotel.

Private Jeep Tour: Ethnology Museum & Kumquat Village

9. Private Jeep Tour: Ethnology Museum & Kumquat Village

The jeep will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the Museum of Ethnology. The Ethnology Museum gives an excellent overview of the country's ethnic groups, their customs and ways of life. The highlight here is the large, beautiful outdoor area featuring genuine houses and compounds as built and used by the many different ethnic groups. Following the museum, you will be driven to the West Lake – the largest lake in Hanoi with many religious monuments built along its bank. The relaxing drive will bring you closer to the daily life of the locals. From the lake, you will head to Tu Lien – where the local people are well-known for their traditional profession of cultivating kumquat and cherry blossom for lunar new year. For lunch, you will eat at a famous local restaurant that not only offers you good food but also a great view of the West Lake. After lunch, you will be dropped off at your chosen place.

Historical Hanoi Private Scooter Tour with Lunch

10. Historical Hanoi Private Scooter Tour with Lunch

Explore the interesting history of the beautiful capital of Hanoi on the back of a motorbike. See the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Old Quarter, French historical museum, Vietnamese Women’s Museum, Temple of Literature, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and The West Lake. After pick-up by your driver-guide from your hotel, the first destination is a local coffee shop where you will enjoy unique egg coffee, a specialty of Hanoi, while you discuss the tour program. Start the tour by visiting a local market in Hanoi. Exploring the market is an exciting way to understand the culture. Continue the tour by visiting the Temple Of Literature to learn about how education in Vietnam worked from the past until now. The next attraction is the Vietnamese Women’s Museum, a wonderful place to learn about the history of women in Vietnam.  After that, it is already noon so take a break at one of the best vegan restaurants in Hanoi and learn all about Vietnamese vegan cuisine. After the wonderful meal, your last visit is to Long Bien bridge which is a historic cantilever bridge across the Red River that connects two districts, Hoan Kiem and Long Bien.

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What people are saying about West Lake, Hanoi

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 114 reviews

Our tour guide was Chris aka Hoang, and our driver was Hoan. They had another small girl assist in the tour. They all worked in synchrony to make the Jeep tour so fun! Great, safe driver. Chris had a lot of interesting information about the history of Hanoi, very well versed. Chris and small girl I forgot her name, both made sure we got a ton of pictures of our tour. I recommend it! We got a full meal at Hidden Gem Cafe and also ice cream and coffee.

if you only do one tour do this one. punctual pick up. fun safe courteous helpful and caring drivers. Great stop off and delicious lunch at a eco home kitchen. excellent tour around hanoi city. a visit to train st. timed to see the train pass. it was my friends birthday and they arranged a cake for her, such a lovely gesture. thankyou. A fab your..I would Soooo recommend. keep up the great work guys and girls.

We had a wonderful time exploring the major Hanoi sites with our very knowledgeable, and fun guide! The food included was delicious and authentic. Highly recommend this tour! Ask for Leo or Sang to be your guide for the best experience possible!

Incredible day with this tour, would highly recommend! Our guide Mary was incredibly knowledgeable and experienced, she was answering all our questions which was brilliant!

An adventurous and fascinating way of exploring the streets of Hanoi!