A Free Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small Group

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: Sang
Quality Verified Registered on August 12, 2022

My name is Cris and We are local tour guides in Hanoi. We really love this city, and I would like to show you why! We cover everything from the city’s history from the past to its present, fun facts, culture, nightlife, and its hidden area. We are storytellers about Hanoi life, culture, history, if you are looking for a friend in Hanoi, please contact me, you and I am not perfect, we meet as well, if you already a predestined relationship, we will help each other improve and become better every day 1%. Let's start with the question why do you want to book this tour? Every place we build a tour program like this, we believe that this tour makes a difference in terms of Culture, History, People,....we always try to improve the tour and bring the best experience for tourists in Hanoi. So, what are you waiting for, do not join us to create a more beautiful Hanoi Join us and let’s discover Hanoi together!

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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

Join us on a fascinating journey through the historic and cultural landmarks of Hanoi’s French Quarter. This walking tour will take you to some of the city’s most iconic sites, offering a blend of history, architecture, and local culture.

1. Ly Thai To Statue:
We’ll start our tour at the Ly Thai To Statue, a tribute to the founder of Hanoi. Here, you’ll learn about the city’s rich history and its transformation over the centuries.
2. Hanoi Opera House:
Next, we’ll head to the Hanoi Opera House, an architectural masterpiece that stands as a symbol of Hanoi’s French colonial past. You’ll be captivated by its grandeur and elegance.
3. Hanoi Saint Joseph Cathedral:
Our next stop is the Hanoi Saint Joseph Cathedral, a neo-gothic structure that serves as a reminder of the French influence on Vietnamese religious architecture. Its stunning stained glass windows and towering spires are sure to impress.
4. Hoa Lo Prison:
We’ll then visit Hoa Lo Prison, also known as the “Hanoi Hilton”. This site offers a sobering look at Vietnam’s turbulent past, providing insights into the experiences of prisoners during the war.
5. Train Street:
Experience local life up close as we stroll down Train Street, where daily life unfolds just inches from the railway tracks. It’s a unique spectacle that you won’t want to miss.
6. Local Coffee Shop:
Finally, we’ll wrap up our tour at a local coffee shop. Here, you can relax and enjoy a cup of Vietnam’s famous coffee while reflecting on your journey through Hanoi’s French Quarter.

This walking tour offers an intimate look at Hanoi’s history and culture, taking you on a journey through time and space in one of Vietnam’s most charming neighborhoods. We look forward to welcoming you on this unforgettable adventure!
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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). 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Ly Thai To Monument Hall, 12 P. Lê La...
    Ly Thai To Monument Hall, 12 P. Lê Lai, Lý Thái Tổ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
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    We held in our hands a Vietnamese national flag.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Lý Thái Tổ Monument

    Monument to the king who moved the capital from Ninh Binh to Hanoi

  • 2
    Outside visit
    French Quarter

    A completely modern built area by French

  • 3
    Entrance not included
    Hoa Lo Prison Relic

    The French built this prison to detain patriotic Vietnamese revolutionaries, and you will see the crimes of war.

  • 4
    Outside visit
    Hanoi Train Street

    Built by the French, it exists until now.

  • 5
    Outside visit
    St Joseph Cathedral

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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Simon 14 Apr 2024

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Travelled alone - Apr 2024
Sang knows his facts, and the route he takes you on is practical. Nice mix of history, building purposes, and funfacts. Highlight was Train Street. I found it a much more intense experience than the Train Street in Thailand. Happy to recommend you take a tour with Sang.
Dianne 03 Apr 2024

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Travelled in group - Apr 2024
Excellent tour of the old French quarter with highlights including the Women’s Museum and Hanoi Hilton.
Rochelle 02 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
We had a wonderful time with our tour guide James. He shared some great insights into Hanoi’s history and culture. We got to spend some time exploring some museums which was an unexpected surprise. James went out of his way to walk us to a restaurant he recommended close to our hotel which we enjoyed. Recommend this experience to get familiar with the highlights of the French Quarter.
Anne 29 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
We enjoyed the stories about the history of Vietnam
Ariane 22 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
Wir machten viele Stopps, unter anderem auch im Frauenmuseum. Sang konnte uns wirklich viel erzählen und es hat Spaß gemacht, mit ihm durch Hanoi zu laufen :)
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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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