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Hanoi Old Quarter Tour - Private Tour

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Stop At: Bach Ma Temple, 76 Hang Buom Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 100000 Vietnam

In the middle of the Old Quarter, the Bach Ma Temple is said to be the oldest and holiest temple in the city, which was originally founded in the 9th century, over a thousand years ago. This temple is located on Hang Buom street, which was originally the main trading and residential district of Guangdong – Chinatown area, is famous for sail business. During French colonial, this street was also known as Rue des Voiles.

The translation of Bach Ma is White Horse and this refers to a story behind the construction of the Temple. King Ly Thai To had been struggling to build the temple as its walls kept collapsing. It is said that a white horse delineated the best area to build the temple with its hooves to help the king in constructing the temple.

You enter the temple through some ancient wooden doors after which you will be able to see the beautifully decorated interior and a red-lacquered funeral palanquin. Inside the temple, you will find a statue of the white horse, a shrine to Confucius and a Phoenix Altar for offerings to the four seasons. Bach Ma Temple is still actively used by worshippers who come here to burn incense and pray, it is a well maintained small temple that is easily reached and offers an opportunity to see locals practise their beliefs.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Long Bien Bridge, Tran Nhat Duat Street, Hanoi Vietnam

Being an unique architecture everlasting with ups and downs of Hanoi capital, Long Bien Bridge has become one of the symbols of the city. The bridge is not only a traffic construction but also a living historical relic. Undergoing French and American wars, Long Bien Bridge has witnessed many historic moments.

Long Bien Bridge was constructed from 1989 to 1902 during French occupation of the country. Not many people know that, with the length of over 2km, Long Bien bridge used to be the second longest bridge in the world, just after Brooklyn Bridge from American.

Interestingly, Long Bien Bridge is the only bridge in Hanoi which allows tourists to take a walk along the train track, taste some desserts or buy fresh vegetable or fish from the vendors on the bridge. What is more, visitors coming to Hanoi said that Long Bien Bridge is the best place to look at the sunset and taking some nice photos.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Ngoc Son Temple, Dinh Tien Hoang St., Hanoi 100000 Vietnam

Ngoc Son Temple, which is prominent in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake, is a destination not to be missed when travelling to Hanoi. Ngoc Son Temple was built around the 19th century and become one of the typical architecture in Hanoi. It is not only a famous spiritual tourist destination but also for local people to come and pray for good luck.

The name of the temple translates to ‘Temple of the Jade Mountain’ and is dedicated to war hero General Tran Hung Dao, who led Vietnamese people to miraculously defeated Mongol invaders. You probably don't know the Mongol army used to conquer the world and set up an empire stretching from Asia to Europe. Nothing could stop the onrush of their powerful and intrepid cavalry. But only Vietnamese people could drove back them three times and strongly kept independence for the country.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: St. Joseph's Cathedral, 40 Nha Chung Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 100000 Vietnam

Saint Joseph Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral with gothic style, which was built about 120 years ago. In 1882, after the French army dominated Hanoi, the cathedral was constructed and completed in 1886. It was built on the land formerly belonging to Bao Thien pagoda, which was built under Ly dynasty.

The first Christmas took place in the cathedral in 1887. Since then, the cathedral is always crowded with hundreds of people including both Christians and non-Christians at the weekend or during religious holidays like Christmas.

You might not know, St. Joseph's Cathedral was not spared and it was closed down until Christmas Eve of 1990, when Mass was permitted to be celebrated there again.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Dong Xuan Market, Dong Xuan and Hang Chieu Sts., Hanoi 10000 Vietnam

Dong Xuan market was founded in 1889 by the French and named after its location. At that time, the market was a favorable trading place, especially after the French built Long Bien bridge. You might not know, every ancient street in Hanoi was named after their original business, which were then being removed to Dong Xuan market under the French domination. That is the reason why all of the names are started with the word Hang (means Product) and the word following is what they are selling: Hang Ca sells Fish (Ca means Fish) etc.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), Hanoi 100000 Vietnam

Hoan Kiem Lake, which means “Lake of Returned Sword”, plays an important role for Hanoi citizens in many aspects. The Lake is a favorite destination of tourists as well because of the harmony among nature, architecture, and people. In the past, people called it as Luc Thuy Lake, but in the 15th century, it was named Hoan Kiem Lake after a famous historical legend of King Le Thai To, one of the greatest heroes of Vietnam.

Turtle Tower is one of Hanoi’s most iconic attractions, symbolizing the patriotic pride of the local population. You might not know, this tower has a unique combination of Vietnamese and French colonial architecture – with Western gothic arches at its first two stories combined with the hip roof of Vietnamese temple’s art style. Interestingly, on the top of Turtle Tower there used to stand a version of the Statue of Liberty, placed there by the French.

Duration: 15 minutes
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Important Information
Departure Point
72 Hàng Bạc, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Return Details
Hoàn Kiếm Lake, Hang Trong, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - Bach Ma Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Long Bien Bridge
  • Entry/Admission - Ngoc Son Temple
  • Entry/Admission - St. Joseph's Cathedral
  • Entry/Admission - Dong Xuan Market
  • Entry/Admission - Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Fantastic tour. Our tour guides Rosie & Sue were very informative and took us all around the old quarter and french Quarter. We were given lots of information about Hanoi and they were eager to give us the local perspective from every angle. They took us to get delicious ice
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Excellent tour, guide was knowledgeable, dynamic and spoke excellent English. We saw many sights in 3hrs and I learnt the stories and history behind all of them. Would recommend to anyone interested in an introduction to the old quarter and Vietnamese life
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My partner and I had a fantastic time on this tour. Mina and Mark were very knowledgeable about the city and we were able to see and learn about some major attractions in the old quarter. Fabulous locations and excellent guides. Thank you!
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We did a 3 hour tour to some sights around the Old Quarter. Our guide Sam was so lovely, she spoke great English, was knowledgeable of Hanoi, the Vietnamese culture and very open to also discussing everyday customs that they live by.... very interesting indeed. Sam has two
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Our guide was perfect. She was open to talk about many different topics about the country and also was ready to help in many ways, giving us extra information. Her English is excellent.
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