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Best Hanoi city tours for an authentic experience in Hanoi

Posted By: Sao La Tours / Vietnam Travel Guides
Hanoi city tours will give you an in-depth understanding of the culture, local’s lifestyle and cuisine, monuments and other aspects of Hanoi.

Hanoi city tours will give you an in-depth understanding of the culture, local’s lifestyle and cuisine, monuments and other fascinating aspects of Hanoi. Being the capital city, Hanoi is always one of the must-see places when you visit Vietnam. Discover Hanoi in the most authentic way with these city tours below!

Half day tours for a quick glance of Hanoi

For those who have limited time in Hanoi and want to make the best of their vacation, a half-day city tour is the best option. Even if you only have 3 – 4 hours to spend, you can still get to see the best of Hanoi during a half day tour.

Hanoi Street food tour

Get to know the exquisite culinary of Hanoi as you go on your street food tour. With this tour, you’ll have a chance to taste different kinds of Hanoi’s delicacies such as Pho, Bun Cha, Nem, Che of Banh Cuon.

Hanoi Nightlife walking tours

Witness how Hanoi comes to life at night as the streets are crowded with people. You can join many night activities such as going to the night clubs, enjoying the view at West Lake or Hoan Kiem Lake, visiting the night markets or watch live shows at the walking streets of Hanoi.

Visit night markets during your Hanoi city tours

Visit night markets during your Hanoi city tours (Source: Collected)

Hanoi Day tours: The best of Hanoi tours

If you want to see all of Hanoi’s highlights in just one day, then check out the day tours in Hanoi.

Highlights of Hanoi

Hanoi is a combination of ancient and modern values. Within a day, you can freely discover the best tourist sites in Hanoi such as the Old Quarter, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake etc.

Hanoi museum tour

Hanoi has a wide variety of museums that vary history to culture and fine arts. If you’re a Museum lover, check out some of the best museums in Hanoi: Museum of Ethnology, Women Museum, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Fine Arts Museum or Army Museums.

Old Quarter Walking tour

With this tour, you can visit a few pagodas, Dong Xuan market and take a walk along Lan Ong street – the famous street of Eastern medicinal practice. Don’t forget to sample some street food and coffee.

Go on a tour around the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Go on a tour around the Old Quarter of Hanoi (Source: Collected)

What to do on Hanoi city tours: A beginner’s guide

If it’s the first time you visit Hanoi, you might wonder what to do while you’re on a city tour. Below are the most interesting things to try in Hanoi:

Visit St Joseph’s Cathedral and the Ancient House

St Joseph’s Cathedral and the Ancient House reflect the significant differences between French colonialism architecture and Vietnamese traditional architecture. These buildings are located near Hoan Kiem Lake in the same neighborhood. 

St Joseph’s Cathedral is one of the must-see attractions in Hanoi city tours

St Joseph’s Cathedral is one of the must-see attractions in Hanoi city tours (Source: Collected)

Visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Pagoda

Hoan Kiem Lake is one of the most iconic monuments in Hanoi. It’s a perfect place for families, hangouts and nature lovers. At around 6am, the locals also come here to practice Tai Chi. If you want to enjoy a peaceful Hoan Kiem Lake then we suggest visiting on Fridays and Sundays at 7pm till midnight.

Emerging the blue-green waters of Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Pagoda is also a place not-to-be-missed when you’re in Hanoi. The pagoda is built on Jade Island, which can be accessed through the The Huc Bridge.

Stroll through Dong Xuan Market

Dong Xuan Market was founded in the late 19th century and it’s still the biggest indoor market that you can find in Hanoi. This market is where you can buy all kinds of commodities. souvenirs to local produce, clothes or even a laptop. Dong Xuan market also offers a wide variety of flowers, vegetables, seafood and meat.

Go shopping at Dong Xuan Market during your city tour in Hanoi

Go shopping at Dong Xuan Market during your city tour in Hanoi (Source: Collected)

Going on Hanoi city tours gives you a chance to eat and live like a true Hanoian. The lifestyle of Hanoi locals might be different yours but that’s the fascinating thing about traveling: experience and discover new things to enrich our knowledge and widen our perspectives. Feel free to contact Sao La Tours if you need any help before, during and after your trip to Vietnam.

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