One day as a local in Hanoi


The Ambitious Cycler

One day as a local in Hanoi

Spoken in: English, Vietnamese

( 38 reviews ) star City tour Hanoi 1 - 10 watch_later 5 hours
  • Experience a day like a local
  • Learn some Vietnamese words
  • Taste local food and drinks
  • Explore the Old and the Modern
  • Cycle around West Lake
  • 100% private. 100% personalized

You will meet here: Ly Thai To monument

What you can expect

This is your chance to experience what it’s like being a local in Hanoi. You can mix with local people, take part in their daily activities, enjoy local food and drinks, and see both the urban and suburban side of this city. Along the way we can see most of famous attractions in Hanoi – as well as some hidden gems.

This private tour is ideal for your first full day, since it gives you a complete overview of the city. You can also learn about Hanoi’s history, culture and traditions. And you’ll experience the contrasts such as the hustle of the street markets in the Old Quarter and the peaceful quiet of the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake in the heart of the city.

On this tour you can discover the French Quarter and admire the colonial architecture, especially the Opera House and the Saint Joseph Cathedral. We can also stop by some hidden gems that you would not find in any guide book and are known only by locals...

We can take in the vibes at Hanoi’s biggest and best street market to see the locals shopping for their evening meals. Discover our exotic ingredients and our vibrant colored vegetables. Sample some of these foods - not just one dish, but various Vietnamese favorites! Taste for yourself the mouth watering flavors and freshness that Vietnamese food is famous for.

We can take a break at a very beautiful and hidden cafe where you can learn some Vietnamese words such as hello and thank you. Most importantly, I can show you how to negotiate prices with street vendors.

We can also take a bicycle tour around West Lake and see the iconic Long Bien Bridge and the suburb near Red River. I am a Hanoi lover so I would love to share with you its stories, history, characters, people and culture at the places we stop. If you have a must-visit spot in mind or any special requirement, let me know. I can personalize your tour the way you want so your trip in Hanoi can be as amazing and memorable as possible.

I guarantee you will have both adventures and memorable stories in Hanoi to tell your friends and family later. Let's chat and create a fantastic trip together!

This is the plan

Meet up
Ly Thai To Monument, opposite Hoan Kiem Lake
Stop 1
Wander around the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake and do exercise with locals.
Stop 2
Go through the French quarter and take some photos with the Opera House, French architecture and the Saint Joseph Cathedral
Stop 4
Visit Ngoc Son Temple and The Huc Bridge
Stop 5
Check out the the historical house where our first President Ho Chi Minh wrote the Declaration of Independence.
Stop 6
Have a look at the ancient Bach Ma Temple.
Stop 7
Visit the oldest street in the Old Quater.
Stop 8
Explore a quiet and hidden temple that most people miss.
Stop 9
Go through some traditional streets in the Old Quarter and Quan Chuong Gate - a historical gate of old Hanoi.
Explore the bustling area of the renowned Dong Xuan Market and try some of the best Vietnamese food.
Learn Vietnamese and take a rest at a beautiful and hidden coffee shop
Stop 11
Hit the road and cycle to the history witness - Long Bien Bridge and Red River
Stop 12
Enjoy the peaceful view of West Lake and stop by a 11th century pagoda.
Stop 13
Have a moment of silence at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square and Presidental Palace, the most important political area of Vietnam
Go along one of the most beautiful green street on our way back and have a view of Old Hanoi's gate.

Feel free to personalize this offer with Julie

City tour details

Private City tour
Mode of transport
5 hours
Nr. of guests
1 - 10 persons
Meeting point
Ly Thai To monument
Guest pick-up
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What's included
checkEntrance tickets
checkPrivate guide
checkBicycle Rent
check1 non alcoholic drinks
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The Ambitious Cycler

38 reviews

Hello, my name is Thuan, you can call me Julie. I am a young Vietnamese girl and I absolutely love my city! I want to develop cross cultural understanding between Vietnam and the rest of the world by giving foreign tourists an insight into the local life of our country. More than all, I would like to help you fully enjoy your trip in Hanoi."

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