Hanoi Like a True Local

Hanoi Like a True Local

Spoken in: English, Vietnamese

( 50 reviews ) star Off the beaten track Hanoi 1 - 8 watch_later 2 hours
  • Explore a true local side of Hanoi
  • Get closer to the community
  • Enjoy a coffee at a secret cafe
  • Stroll through a local favorite market
  • Go off-the-beaten-path through many alleys
  • Privately guided by your favorite local

You will meet here: 24 Nghĩa Tân

What you can expect

Go beyond the typical tourist spots and enjoy the true heartbeat of Hanoi! This is the real deal, so expect the unexpected and see where the local community hangs out and live everyday life. On this private tour your local host can take you to places only locals know! You’ll be the only traveler in sight!

Visit an everyday market that’s famous for its delicious snacks! Watch locals come and go and take a peek at the delicious meals they’ve ordered. Wander down the market with its many stalls to surround yourself with the best ingredients that Vietnamese dishes are made of. You might even pick up a secret recipe or two!

Stroll around the countless old apartment blocks to get a real feel for what a local neighborhood is like. See how families of at least two generations harmoniously share a home. The infamous “tiger cages” might amaze you, so feel free to ask your local host all about them! Stumble upon one of the many recreational squares with playgrounds, bbq spots and fire pits to burn lucky money. It doesn’t take long to realize why locals love coming here! Don’t forget to check out the local kindergarten with parents buzzing by on scooters to pick up their kids.

Time for some tranquil park vibes! Do as the locals do to unwind and enjoy a walk through a lusciously green park with a beautiful lake. Catch the occasional smile from salsa dancing locals and kids running around freely. Nestled on a peaceful side street lies the Buddhist temple of love that can’t be missed!

Ready for some more surprises? Your guide can take you to a secret little garden gate that leads to an abandoned temple! Covered with plants and trees, this unique hidden gem feels like a jungle! Enjoy the peace and quiet before zig-zagging your way through colorful alleyways, passing a typical Hanoian graveyard, barber shops, butchers and internet cafes.

Is that the smell of coffee? Yes, it is! Top off your tour with an egg-cellent egg coffee at a hidden local cafe. It truly feels like a secret garden here!

The local hosts on your private tour are all great storytellers and can’t wait to share some unique insights with you. Your private host is a true local and can give you great advice on how to make the most of the rest of your stay in Hanoi!

This is the plan

Meeting Point
Outside the entrance of Nghia Tan market
Stop 1
Shop around a true local market and learn about traditional medicine
Stop 2
Wander through the streets and learn how the houses are built
Stop 3
Check out a local square where locals laugh, play, eat and cook!
Stop 4
Climb up an authentic apartment building to get a closer look at home life
Stop 5
Discover a local school and hear the shocking differences between school cultures
Stop 6
Stroll through a lively park filled with activities and outdoor life
Stop 7
Get lucky in love at a temple where locals prey for romance and love
Stop 8
Find a true hidden temple in the midst of some nature
Stop 9
See unexpected graveyard displayed between housing blocks and alleyways
Finish on a high in a secret garden cafe for a traditional egg coffee

Feel free to personalize this offer with the host of your choice

Off the beaten track details

Private Off the beaten track
Mode of transport
Walking tour
2 hours
Nr. of guests
1 - 8 persons
Meeting point
24 Nghĩa Tân
Guest pick-up
instant confirmation
  • checkFree cancellation up to 14 days before experience date
  • closeNo refunds within 14 days of experience date

What's included
checkPrivate guide
check1 non alcoholic drinks

about Withlocals Originals

  • Experience the heart
    of the city

  • With the host of
    your choice

  • Private. Affordable.
    And 100% You.


How it works:

  1. 1 Choose the theme of your tour.
  2. 2 Pick your favorite local as your private guide.
  3. 3 Let your guide personalize anything you like.


Now you can enjoy the true heart of the city in the most personal and unique way.