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Hanoi Food Tour Half-day

Hanoi Food Tour Half-day
Hanoi Food Tour Half-day

Hanoi Food Tour is the best way to experience an authentic Hanoi. You will have unique opportunity to try some Hanoi’s specialities, get closer to Hanoian’s everyday life, and learn more about Vietnamese cuisine, culture, history…

>>Hanoi – Halong Tour 2 days 1 night

Itinerary

The Old Quarter in Hanoi is over one thousand years old and today retains much of the old flavor that made the area special in earlier times, each street was the exclusive domain of one trade (guilds) so there are whole streets of blacksmiths, silver shops, paper shops, headstone makers and more.

Hanoi Food Tour Half-day
Hanoi Food Tour Half-day

This morning, our tour guide will meet at your hotel and take a walk around Hanoi’s old quarter to enjoy the food tour experience. Firstly, we will visit one of the local markets in the city to see all different kinds of food that used for a Vietnamese breakfast, lunch, dinner and understand more about life of Vietnamese.

Secondly, we will try Pho – Rice Noodle, a must for many Vietnamese, highlight of Vietnamese cuisine and its name has been known all over the world. Sit down, enjoy the taste of Pho, taste of life and get to know about the history of Vietnamese culture, cuisine…

Next, we walk to explore everyday life of Hanoian, try some more different dishes which are very special, popular and favourite such as Banh Trung – sticky rice cake, Banh Ran – Sticky rice pancake, Banh Cuon – rolled sticky rice cake, Xoi – Sticky rice with pork, Fried Tofu and Vermicelli Shrimp Sauce, Bun Cha – Hanoi Style Vermicelli with Grilled Pork, Bia Hoi – Draught beer and so on.

Other dished can be added on request. This unforgettable Hanoi food tour will take about 4 hours, and we hope that you will enjoy your time with us.

Pho – must try dish in Hanoi
Pho – must try dish in Hanoi

Inclusion

  • Private transportation as program
  • All entrance fees & boat trips to indicated sights
  • English speaking guides (Except for free days)
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Visa approval letter to Vietnam (Except for $25 usd per person as stamping fee at the airport)

Exclusion

  • Early check-in & late check-out
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses.
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Hanoi – Halong Tour 2 days 1 night

Hanoi – Halong Tour 2 days 1 night
Hanoi – Halong Tour 2 days 1 night

This is one of the best combination tour of Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay, exploring the hidden white sandy beaches, fishing villages, caves, lagoons with kayak and spend a romantic night on board.

>>Hoa Lu – Trang An Full-day

Day 01: Hanoi – Hai Phong – Cat Ba island (Breakfast, Lunch)

6.40 AM: pick up from your hotel and drive to Hai Phong – the sea port city (the best time to be away from the crazy traffic in Hanoi). After 2 hours driving from Hanoi to Hai Phong, you take hydrofoil (speed boat) from Hai Phong to Cat Ba Island (45 minutes). Have coffee break.

Hanoi – Halong Tour 2 days 1 night
Hanoi – Halong Tour 2 days 1 night

11 AM: welcome to get on board. The junk will cruise to take you to pass by the floating village. Enjoy fresh seafood lunch on Lan Ha bay.

Keep cruising to the most scenic areas of the bay with hundreds of beautiful islands. Continue cruising further to see the unique Halong bay. Kayak some more through the narrow lagoons and tunnel caves called Hang Ca (the Bat Cave).

Cruise to Bai Trai Dao beaches. Free for swimming and relax to enjoy the sunset on the bay. Anchor at a calm water area for dinner and experience the peaceful night on the junk among beautiful mountains.

Day 02: Cat Ba island – Hai Phong – Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch)

Hanoi – Halong Tour 2 days 1 night
Hanoi – Halong Tour 2 days 1 night

Wake up to see the dawn on the bay and then have breakfast. The boat takes you to see some other parts of the bay. Visit the floating fish farm. You will learn how the local people there make their livings.

Continue cruising further to see the unique Halong Bay. Enjoy the last swimming on the bay. 11 AM get off the boat to Cat Ba.

Free to take motorbike tour (with or without driver) to go around and visit Cat Ba island; or you walk yourself to see Cat Ba town, beaches and local market (optional). Have lunch in a local restaurant. Take hydrofoil from Cat Ba to Hai Phong and drive back to Hanoi.

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Hoa Lu – Trang An Full-day

Hoa Lu – Trang An Full-day

The surrounding countryside is gorgeous, confirming all the postcard fantasies of what Vietnam has to offer – water buffaloes, golden-green rice paddies, majestic limestone formations and more. Hoa Lu – Trang An is one of the most beautiful attractions around Hanoi.

>>Full day in Hanoi

Hoa Lu – Trang An Tour

Amazing boat trip to visit Trang An grottoes
Amazing boat trip to visit Trang An grottoes

Morning drive to visit Hoa Lu which was the capital city of Vietnam under the Dinh Dynasty between 968 and 980 AD and ancient sanctuaries and tombs can still be seen today. Apart from the historical importance, the area is naturally beautiful, referred to many as the “dry Halong Bay,” with limestone peaks and fertile green valleys.

After lunch, take the amazing boat trip to visit Trang An grottoes which is a gathering of 31 valleys, 50 cross-water caves, and home to 600 kinds of flora and over 200 kinds of fauna, many of them in the Red Book of Vietnam. While rowing through Trang An grotto in the quiet, fresh air of the highlands, with only the sound of birds and the oars stirring the clear water and surrounded by magnificent forested mountains upon which graze white goats, visitors enjoy a heaven on earth. The end of the day, drive back to Hanoi. Drop off at your hotel.

Hoa Lu – Trang An
Hoa Lu – Trang An

Inclusion

  • Private transportation as program
  • All entrance fees & boat trips to indicated sights
  • English speaking guides (Except for free days)
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Visa approval letter to Vietnam (Except for $25 usd per person as stamping fee at the airport)

Exclusion

  • Early check-in & late check-out
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses.
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Full day in Hanoi

Full day in Hanoi
Full day in Hanoi

With Hanoi full day tour, visitors not only can explore some famous attractions in Hanoi such as Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, ect but also can enjoy Hanoi cuisine at a local restaurant.

>>Hanoi Old Quarter Full-day

Itinerary

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

AM: 7.45 – 8.15: Free pick up at your hotel. Then visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to explore the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-place. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 – the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Then continue on to the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda at West lake (One of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam).Then visit Bat Trang pottery village (applied on Mon, Wed & Fri). Lunch at local restaurant.

PM: After lunch proceed to visit the Ethnology Museum (apply on Sun, Tue, Thu & Sat), the Literature Temple and Quoc Tu Giam, see Vietnam’s first university, constructed in 1070 – it’s gardens and well-preserved architecture will offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Take you past Hoan Kiem Lake to see the peaceful waters, and the beauty of Ngoc Son temple. At the end, journey through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where you’ll then have a chance for some shopping and exploration. Tour ends around 15h30 – 16h00.

Notes

Tran Quoc Pagoda
Tran Quoc Pagoda
  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum close on Monday and Friday morning.
  • The itinerary can be changed due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions.
  • Special request (diet or vegetarian …) should be sent before your departure date.
  • Water Puppet show for Deluxe option only, a traditional performance that dates back as far as the 11th century in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. Then the tour will finish around 17h00 – 17h30.
  • Bat Trang pottery village will be visited on Mon, Wed & Fri (without Ethnology Museum). Ethnology Museum will be visited on Sun, Tue, Thu & Sat (without Bat Trang pottery village).
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Hanoi Old Quarter Full-day

Hanoi Old Quarter Full-day
Hanoi Old Quarter Full-day

Hanoi Old Quarter has a long history of 2000 years of development which is one of the most attracting visitors in Vietnam.

>>Hanoi Half-day tour

Location

Hanoi Old Quarter
Hanoi Old Quarter

Old Quarter located near Hoan Kiem Lake in Hoan Kiem District which is Hanoi’s major commercial district. The quarter consists mainly of 36 Old Streets divided and named according to their craft guides in the past, and remain most of that working system until now. This area is also the eternal soul of Hanoian cultural architecture, historic relics and religious center.

Where to go

Dong Xuan Market
Dong Xuan Market
  • 8:00-9:00am: visit Dong Xuan market
  • 9:00am: walk to O Quan Chuong gate and take photos
  • 9:30am: go to Bạch Mã temple and eat Bún Chả at Hàng Buồm street
  • 10:15am: Ancient House at 87 Ma May (10k/ticket)
  • 11:00am: visit Kim Ngan Temple at 42-44 Hang Bac street.
  • 12:00am: eat Bun Dau Mam Tom at Phat Loc lane
  • 12:45pm: take a rest at Shot Cafe at 60 Phat Loc
  • 14:00pm: go to Ngoc Son temple and Hoan Kiem lake
  • 15:00pm: watch water puppets at Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre
  • 16:00pm: buy souvenir gifts
  • 19:00pm: eat dinner
  • 20:00pm: walk or enjoy night market at Hang Ngang Hang Dao street.

Transportation

  • Walk on foot, bicycle, motorbike or taxi.

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Hanoi Half-day tour

Hanoi Half-day tour
Hanoi Half-day tour

Hanoi has always been a symbol of culture and a source of pride throughout the history. This Hanoi half-day tour is designed bring you a feel of Hanoi’s local culture while enjoying sightseeing highlights of an absolute and adorable Hanoi.

Morning Tour 8.30 – 12.30

Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature

Start the Hanoi city tour by visiting Ho Chi Minh complex including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his house-on-stilts, the One-Pillar pagoda and continue on to the Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam and the place dedicating to Confucian. A Green Car (or cyclo ride) tour around the Old Quarter to experience the exciting local daily life of Hanoians. Stopover to visit the Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son temple. Tour ends after a cup of coffee or tea at an authentic Hanoi corner cafe where you can have talks with local people, exchange cultural way of life.

Afternoon Tour 14.00 – 18.00

Hanoi Old Quarter
Hanoi Old Quarter

Afternoon Hanoi tour starts visiting the Temple of Literature (or you might choose one of the museums in Hanoi – Hilton Hanoi, Military museum, Museum of History, Ethnology museum..), then move to the West Lake and pay a visit to the oldest pagoda Tran Quoc. Continue drive to Hoan Kiem Lake and the French Quarter (Old Quarter Hanoi), visit Ngoc Son Temple, The Huc Bridge and Ma May ancient house. A Green Car (or cyclo ride) tour around the Old Quarter to experience the exciting local daily life of Hanoians. Tour ends after a cup of coffee or tea at an authentic Hanoi corner cafe where you can have talks with local people, exchange cultural way of life.

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Hanoi Xua-Old Hanoi Restaurant

Hanoi Xua-Old Hanoi Restaurant
Hanoi Xua-Old Hanoi Restaurant

Hanoi Xua- Old Hanoi restaurant is an ideal place for visitors who want to taste “truly old Hanoian style” dishes.

>>Cau go restaurant

Old Hanoi Restaurant Overview

Address: Number 4 Ton That Thiep, Dien Bien, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

Hanoi Xua-Old Hanoi Restaurant
Hanoi Xua-Old Hanoi Restaurant

The name of this restaurant reveal its main theme that customers would be brought 50 years back to the past of Hanoi where French antique architecture was still popular and the environment was filled with fresh air while bustle and hustle atmosphere of the modern Hanoi has not been so common. Old Hanoi Restaurant was established on 17 June 2010 and was proudly launched by the world famous chef Gordon Ramsay.

Highlights

The freshest and most authentic ingredients are the highest criteria of Old Hanoi Restaurant to be cooked by its skillful chefs may provide customers a “truly old Hanoian style”. In here, one may request any Vietnamese food even it is not on the lavish menu of the restaurant. Not only impress customers by its food, Old Hanoi decorate its inferior with Vietnamese antiquities alongside black and white scenes of Vietnam.

Vietnamese food in the restaurant
Vietnamese food in the restaurant

Cooking classes organized by the restaurants have been recognized by many expats since one may take part in either daily or individual class. In which, attendees have chances to go to the markets to buy required ingredients then come back and cook under the guidance of professional chefs of Hanoi xua.

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Cau go restaurant

Cau go restaurant
Cau go restaurant

Officially put into operation on January, 2014, Cau Go Restaurant is one of the most luxurious restaurants in Hanoi where brings customers a beautiful space and refined Vietnam cuisine.

>>Wild Rice Restaurant

Cau Go Restaurant

Cau Go Restaurant
Cau Go Restaurant

Situated in between Dinh Tien Hoang Street and Cau Go Street, the restaurant is surrounded by history. Cau Go Street, from which the restaurant takes its name, is one of the original 36 streets of the Hanoi old quarter and trading center. The street is still home to a number of ancient buildings as well as a vibrant food scene. Hanoian families are justifiably proud of their beautiful city and rich culture. Hanoi is the political and cultural hub of Vietnam and the most elegant capital city in all of Asia.

Cuisine here is a way of life, with a pulsating food scene that is constanly evolving where traditional recipes experience contemporary movements. Cau Go Restaurant does not just bring you the very best of Hanoi cuisine, but draws upon flavors from across the nation to devise a menu that combines the best of all the regions in Vietnam.

Important information

The restaurant brings you the very best of Hanoi and Vietnam cuisine
The restaurant brings you the very best of Hanoi and Vietnam cuisine

Address: 05th & 6th FLOOR

  • Entrance 1: No 1/3/5/7 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Entrance 2: 73 Cau Go Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Entrance 3: No 9 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam

Opening-hours: 9.30AM – 11PM.

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Wild Rice Restaurant

Wild Rice Restaurant
Wild Rice Restaurant

Wild Rice is one of the best Hanoi restaurants where offers visitors a dressed-up Vietnamese culinary experience and many other options for wonderful meals both in term of dining and scene.

Highlights

Wild Rice Restaurant
Wild Rice Restaurant

Although Wild Rice is settled inside a restored colonial building like its sisters Wild Lotus and Seasons of Hanoi, the interior of it is nothing portends to be authentic Vietnamese beside pictures of people and landscapes of this country hanging on wall. Going through its doors, gourmets will be lost in an upscale restaurant in Paris or London with magnificent stone fire place and fashionable furniture. Bamboo garden encased in glass, slate floors, and bright white walls that shine with the mellow glow of indirect lighting resembles Japanese space as well as create natural friendly atmosphere.

Foods

The foods are contradictory with the decoration since all of them are Vietnamese and Asian cuisine
The foods are contradictory with the decoration since all of them are Vietnamese and Asian cuisine

The foods are contradictory with the decoration since all of them are Vietnamese and Asian cuisine. Recommendations for foodies are Grilled chicken in chili with lemon grass; Barbecued squid; beef with coconut. Fine wines of diversity are also available for customers’ selection, also.

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Bun Dau Mam Tom

Bun Dau Mam Tom
Bun Dau Mam Tom

Not a luxurious or sophisticated dish, Bun Đau Mam Tom still is premier Hanoi street food which many visitors love to eat.

>>Pho (rice noodle soup)

Bun dau mam tom is basically chunks of tofu served in a hot soup on a bed of rice noodles with a dollop of shrimp paste. It’s an extremely popular meal that’s often overlooked by guidebooks and seldom-tried by tourists or even long term residents of Hanoi.

How to eat?

Bun Dau Mam Tom
Bun Dau Mam Tom

The seating is rudimentary – small plastic stools and chairs. But you don’t come here to enjoy plush surroundings! As soon as you sit down one of the cooks starts to fry up some tofu while cutting the long rice noodle strings up. The tofu is added before the broth is poured into the bowl. The ‘mam tom’ – not everyone’s cup of tea! – is tweaked with some lime juice and pepper. A few chunks of cha com (grilled chopped meat mashed up with green rice flakes) are also added. Lastly, you get served a plate of assorted greens to add to the mix.

It seems easy to make, but inevitably homemade attempts never satisfy the craving like the restaurants along Phat Loc do. All the restaurant owners claim the secret is carefully selected materials rather than age-old techniques. According to Tran Thi Huong, the owner of the arguably the most famous restaurant at 49 Phat Loc, no one ingredient is more important than another. The end product is the perfect symphony of deliciousness.

Where to find Bun Dau Mam Tom?

Bun Dau Mam Tom
Bun Dau Mam Tom

First of all, the rice noodles must come from Phu Do in Hanoi’s Tu Liem district, where rice noodle production is the village’s traditional trade. These rice noodles are much thinner than normal strands of bun you might sample around town. The Cha Com is made with green rice flakes (com) from Vong village and the mam tom comes from Thanh Hoa province.

People often just eat bun dau for lunch, so the restaurants are only open from 11am till 2pm. A bowl normally costs VND20,000 to VND25,000 so bun dau is universally adored. You can see well-heeled young professional women side by side with vendors in conical hats. You can find bun dau sold on the road side of a number of streets around Hanoi, but ask anyone and they’ll surely agree, bun dau mam tom on Phat Loc alley is the bees-knees.

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