Hanoi Old Quarter walking tour: From PAST to PRESENT (Small group)

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on November 21, 2022

XIN CHÀO! I’m Phuong I was born in a small, peaceful village of Vietnam. When I was 18 years old, I moved to Hanoi to study. Now I’m living in Hanoi and have worked as a tour guide for 5 years. I love to spend time discovering architechture, culture, history and "good food" in the best restaurants in Hanoi, and I have to say, "WOW, how wonderful Hanoi is". I always want to share my passion about Hanoi with people from all around the world. Not only the “regular tour”, we’ll chat like truthly friend to make sure you will have a authentic and local experience. Besides, I'll also be happy to listen to your story about your journey. It will be a genuine connection; there is no border between us! THAT’S FOR NOW. SEE YOU AT THE WALKING EXPERIENCE! It's me or my Guru will be your tour guide in my experience. We're the same, love showing our amazing Hanoi. Monthly, I spend a part of my salary on a volunteer organization that built schools in a mountainous area in Vietnam. Cause I always believe in Nelson Mandela's speech: "Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world".

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

It’s me or my Guru will be your tour guide. Small group with maximum is 6 people. Now is summer time in Hanoi, it's super hot an humid, especially in the afternoon. SO we only organise the tour in morning and recommend you do it in the morning.


- Please provide your WhatsApp number (if you have) for contacting before starting. If we can't contact before the tour, it will be can.cel.
- This is a joined group tour so we will leave ON TIME.

Hanoi has been the capital of Vietnam for more than 1000 years and the Old Quarter is known as the heart of Hanoi, where we have many old houses, temple, architecture and charming 36 Old Streets. Does something change overtime? Let's join with me to see which's culture we can keep and how does it change now.

 We will visit some highlight destinations, architecture in Hanoi Old Quarter:
1. At first, we’ll meet at No.29 Dinh Tien Hoang street, then try famous egg coffee in Hanoi and walk a few steps to look around Hoan Kiem lake where we have beautiful red bridge and Ngoc Son temple in the middle of the lake (We'll not visit inside Ngoc Son temple, cause will visit another one).
2. Then, we’ll visit Ancient House (you only have to pay the entrance fee in here), a fascinating destination to see how people work and live before, how change in our lifestyle.
 3. Make our way through Ta Hien street - beer street in Hanoi with French architecture.
4. The next stop is a temple/ pagoda to know more about religion in Vietnam.
5. Get an insider looking at Long Bien bridge, a historic cantilever bridge across the Red River that connects two districts in Hanoi. It was built under French colonialism.
6. See how people go to market and buy in one of the oldest, biggest Hanoi market - Dong Xuan market. Dong Xuan market as known as a “paradise” for shopping, from souvenirs, clothes, household goods to foodstuffs. We'll end the tour here.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    29 P. Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hàng Trống, Ho...
    29 P. Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
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    NOTE: It's outside Vietinbank office, NOT at the lake bank

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Đinh Café
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Ngọc Sơn Temple
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Heritage House
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Ta Hien Beer street
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Long Bien Bridge
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Dong Xuan market

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Mariana 23 Jul 2023

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Travelled alone - Jul 2023
Phuong is a great girl, I really enjoyed meeting her and she's very friendly, punctual and easy to talk to. However I was disappointed by the quality of the tour concerning facts and information -- it was more of a walk with some generic facts about Hanoi than a real free walking tour. She didn't explain much about the history of Viet Nam or Hanoi, and gave very short explanations about the spots we visited. At the Temple she said I could read the explanation on the wall instead of explaining it to me. The tour was meant to last 2.5 hours and only lasted 1.5 hours. If you're looking for an informative tour, I'd recommend you tried something else.
Patrick 12 Jul 2023

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Travelled alone - Jul 2023
Great tour to do in Hanoi, it was extremely humid which made it quite difficult. I did the 2pm tour, I probably should have chosen the 9am one. The tour guide was a lovely guide and the best part was just sitting down for a coffee with him and chatting.
Rachelle 10 Jul 2023

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Travelled in family - Jul 2023
What’s a great experience! We loved exploring Hanoi with our guide who was really patient with us in the heat and took time to answer all our questions! She modified the tour based on what we we’re interested in too Such a great morning We would highly recommend this tour!
Cristina 27 Jun 2023

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2023
Phuong was a great guide, really friendly ant talkative. Doing the tour with her was a great introduction to Hanoi city! She also gave us great recommendations on food places and other tips :)
Hafiz 21 Jun 2023

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2023
Phuong was wonderful. We learned so much. Her style is very interactive and fun!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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