• 1.1 Ho Chi Minh complex
  • 1.2 Ho Chi Minh complex
  • 1.3 Presidential Palace
  • 2.1 Ngoc Ha village
  • 2.2 Ngoc Ha village
  • 3.1 West Lake
  • 3.2 West Lake
  • 3.3 West Lake
  • 3.4 West Lake
  • 4.1 Old quarter
  • 4.2 Old quarter
  • 4.3 Old quarter
  • 4.4 The temple of literature
  • 4.5 Walking Ha Noi
  • 4.6 Walking Ha Noi
  • 5.1-Long-Bien-bridge
  • 5.2-Bat-Trang-village
  • 5.3 Bat Trang village

RT-305 Hanoi Orientation

 

Less Travelled - (dedicated to nature addicts, culture lovers, and adventure fans) 

Skip the pre-packaged tours to the overcrowded spots, we’ll bring you right to the heart of this country and its people. The guidebooks may not even cover these exotic and beautiful locations, but trust us, they are worth the detour. Fantastical landscapes & scenery, incredibly hospitable strangers from remote minority villages, wild expeditions, and refreshing spontaneity.

We'll write the script, you can live it.

 Culture - Have a closer look to local life and learn about traditional handicrafts

TEMPLATE – TOUR OVERVIEW

Get immersed and ignite your trip in Vietnam with a different city tour experience. Our [easy-to-schedule] half day modules have been designed to offer a smooth mix of classic sightseeing and behind-the-scene places. This is an invitation to Hanoi’s backyard; or how to go far beyond the usual tourism clichés, straight to the heart of Vietnam’s capital and its people. See Hanoi from locals’ perspective.

 DESTINATIONS

  • Hanoi classic sightseeing: Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh complex, EthnographicMuseum, Old Quarter...
  • Hanoi backyard: hidden nooks, popular places, green parks, bustling markets, romantic lakesides, unsuspected countryside...

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Witness daily life through local most popular places: Dong Xuan market and Ngoc Ha village
  • Cycle across riverside orchards and vegetables garden, another facet of Hanoi
  • Explore the back roads of the West lake on an electric cart

 

PROGRAMS

[Program 1] Slices of life, Hanoi behind the scene

Meals: N/A | Accommodation: N/A

You may choose to do this tour either from 8.00 to 12.00 or from 13.30 to 17.30

Your guide meets you at your hotel. Let's grab a taxi and drive to the Ho Chi Minh complex. We walk through it and visit the gardens of the Presidential Palace. We then walk North and across a nice green park to reach the gates of Ngoc Ha village. This is an expedition throughout a real maze of narrow streets and alleys. We enter a lively bustling atmosphere: locals, merchants, shops, pre-schools, small market, a lake and a beautiful hidden temple. Opportunities for great photos are countless. We get out of the area with a nice feeling mixed with excitement and somehow relief.

We take a short taxi drive to the Southern edge of the West Lake and take the time for a quick refreshing drink while we are waiting for our electric cart to arrive. Ready to go again, we hop on the electric cart for a 1-hour ride on small roads all around the lake. It is a very pleasant journey, with nice views on the lake and the city. A totally different atmosphere from what we have experienced earlier. We loop the loop and the guide then takes you back to hotel by taxi.

[Program 2] The classics revisited, immersive fun

Meals: N/A | Accommodation: N/A

You may choose to do this tour either from 8.00 to 12.00 or from 13.30 to 17.30

Your guide meets you at your hotel. We start by a gentle walk across the old quarter to its biggest covered market. In case your hotel is located outside the old quarter, we will take a taxi for a short transfer. We take the time to walk around the bustling market, where about anything and everything can be bought. Exit the bazaar and hop on small electric carts for a leisure ride around to the boundaries of central Hoan Kiem district. We start there a short walk along the railway and you'll see how closed to the rail it is possible to live, simply impressive. We stop there, right next to the rail, in a small restaurant for a refreshing drink or a sip or rice wine if you'd like to. We then keep walking a short distance to the temple of literature. Our half day journey ends as the guide shows you this historical gem of architecture.

[Program 3] Leisure cycling across garden and orchard to Bat Trang pottery village

Meals: N/A | Accommodation: N/A

You may choose to do this tour either from 8.30 to 12.00 or from 13.30 to 17.00

You are picked up at your hotel by the guide and hop in a taxi to the bicycles warehouse. We get the bikes, cross the dyke road and start riding on a piece of History: the Long Bien bridge. Over the bridge, we head south and quickly get off the main roads. It is a bit over an hour and half cycling along the Red River on a small path across vegetable garden and orchards. You will have a chance to witness daily life of Hanoi’s farmers and to learn a bit more about their products and practices. We then arrive in Bat Trang village. This ancient riverside village was slowly swallowed by Hanoi’s expansion but its ancestral art remained: ceramic. We will stroll around to visit workshops where are produced most of the ceramics you may find in Hanoi. Then we take a public bus to get back to the center of Hanoi.

The public bus is a real local experience, but you may prefer to take a taxi to drive back to Hanoi. We can arrange that but the taxi will be at your expense.

Included

  • Transportation by taxi
  • The services of an experienced English-speaking guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Support vehicle, bikes and gears for biking module
  • VAT and other taxes

 

Not included

  • Meals
  • Hotel in Hanoi
  • Beverages, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Insurance