Hanoi Free Day Tours
Hanoi Free Day Tours
4.5
City Tours • Walking Tours • Cooking Classes • Food Tours
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Hanoi Free Day Tours (HFDTs) is a non-profit organization established in 2016 by a small group of students in Hanoi who wanted to improve their English skills. So far, HFDTs has acted as a tourism ambassador to promote the image of Hanoi with 1000-year history to international friends and maintain an environment to help students practice and improve their English skills.
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Shay
3 contributions
Dec 2019
I had such a nice time exploring the Ho Chi Minh Complex and Temple of Lit with my guide and new friend, Thao. A bright and wonderful student, she was able to show me around and explain some historical knowledge about various items, locations, symbols, background and the city itself. As this is a FREE TOUR, it is perfect for what you expect. She took the time amidst her final exams to work, therefore answer all my questions to the best of her knowledge or clarify during any language barrier. She spent time getting to know me, and I with her, which was nice since it was just the two of us. I would highly recommend the few hours of the tours in the very walk able city of Hanoi, and please tip the kind students for their hard work. My only improvement was letting me know we were walking from the office to the first stop, I would have gladly paid for a Grab to save my feet :) everything else was easy and enjoyable. Thank you, Thao and Hanoi Free Day Tours!
Written January 13, 2020
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Lyn
Singapore, Singapore2 contributions
Jan 2020
My Guide Zenni was lovely and on time. I really enjoyed my tour/chat with her :)

The tour i booked was Ho Chi Minh Complex & Temple of Literature Group Tour but it was just Zenni and me (maybe because of Tet).

Please take note that Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum will be closed on Monday & Friday!
We are to pay for entrances fees for the guide so prepare approximately 140k Dong (for yourself and your guide!)
Written January 30, 2020
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Avi
Hong Kong, China3 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
Nice service, good guide, English speaking
Half day tour covers interesting attractions. Free of charge, recommended
Written October 23, 2019
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EveTrav
Brussels, Belgium66 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
This was an awful tour. I have done countless free walking tours in Europe and Australia and never learned so little about the place I was visiting.

1. We had 3 guides for 5 visitors. The English of the two of them, who did most of the talking, was very poor and difficult to understand. Often we didn't understand what was being said. Our third guide had great English but she didn't speak much, she seemed to be there to support the two newbies. So, be prepared, you might really end up spending 3 hours teaching English.

2. I didn't learn about the Old Quarter (what, where, from when?) or about the history of Vietnam or about the French Quarter. I don't think we even went to the French quarter during altthe tourhough it was supposed to be part of it. Instead of hearing about Hanoi, the streets and houses we were passing by, we were constantly asked about our home countries and our traditions. That's not why I joined the tour! I made the point half way through the tour that we are supposed to learn about you and Hanoi, not you about us. It's obviously ok to do some small talk but this was way out of balance.

3. The free walking tour wasn't free(!). We had to pay 10 000 vnd entrance fee to visit a traditional Vietnamese house where we spent 30 min of the tour. We didn't have small bills with us, so the guide paid for us. This was the only 30 min where we actually learned something about Vietnam and Hanoi, which was great .

4. There were 4 stops in total and no information was provided when we did long stretches on the street between these. That meant 10-15 min walks in busy streets (we were never taken to quiet areas, and there are many as we saw later), no breaks, no stories. The group wasn't kept together, the three guides divided themselves between the group. I don't know what the others heard!

5. Of these 4 stops, the first was the traditional house. That's in the old town. Not clear why we had to walk 15 min to the starting point of the tour, only to come back 15 min on the busy streets to that house. Could have met close to it. The second stop was a building that was being renovated (completely covered and not visible), I don't know why we stopped there for 15 those seconds. No stories, no explanations. Third stop, market. Not food but some kind of wholesale beads, watches and clothes. We were asked of anyone wants to buy smth, everyone was keen to leave. Fourth stop, a bridge that we saw partially, from far away, after another long stretch of busy streets with no stories and only questions about our countries. No info about the bridge (who, why, etc), not sure why we stopped to get a 1 minute glimpse of it. 4th stop the lake. No info or stories. The tour stopped at the north side of the lake. Didn't learn anything about the old quarter.

All in all, it's good if students do things to learn English, but this was 3 hours on the busy streets of Hanoi that we could have spent so much better, actually learning about Hanoi, it's history, it's quarters, how the real people live etc. I wouldn't have left any tip but as the guide had paid for our ticket to enter that house, we had to leave something to compensate.

I see from other reviews that many people had great experience, I'm happy for them. However, this tour was a disaster, also not free as advertised (question of principle). I hope that this feedback helps the organisers to improve their work. I wish you all the best!
Written November 4, 2019
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Hi Eve, We are so so sorry to hear this from you. And, we also thank you for letting us know about this terrible situation! We are truly sorry for not having been able to provide you good experience as planned. I did talk with our guides, and they were really ashamed for not bringing good time for you. They will have to improve their English skills and knowledge to do the tours better. I hope that you can sympathize for our shortcoming! Thank you a million for your feedback that will help us and our guide improve a lot. Wishing all the best for you! Thank you once again!
Written November 12, 2019
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ruthey
Dublin, Ireland72 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
We went on two tours with this group and we had two very different experiences. The difference is reflected probably in fluency. Both of our guides were enthusiastic friendly and eager. However there was a vast difference between the two experiences . One was informative fluent and engaging sharing details of own life experiences - we really enjoyed our time. Unfortunately on the second tour, the guides level of fluency and communication skills, beyond what was obviously a format presentation were extremely limiting. Despite our desire to encourage and the guides desire to guide it was a frustrating experience .
Regarding tips: these students are doing these tours as a way to improve their English and exposure to visitors. they are giving of their time and so we felt deserve acknowledgment of their efforts.
Written October 9, 2019
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Susana H
2 contributions
May 2017 • Solo
I took a walking tour around the old quarter with Anna! She was very kind, helpful and showed me amazing places!! Definitely recommend the tour :)
Written May 29, 2017
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Jan 2016 • Friends
I booked and received quickly reply.i had a great day with students. They are nice and lovely . They showed me about Hanoi Old Quarter, Hanoi French Quarter, Hoa Lo prison.. and many things. They told to me about legend Hoan Kiem Lake ,Ngoc Son Temple. I knew many helpful information.Then, we had a good meal. I loved Bun Cha and eggs coffee . Thank you.
Written January 20, 2016
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60626
3 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
My husband and I had a wonderful tour with Hien. She was friendly and informative and we got a great overview of Hanoi. Would definitely recommend!
Written January 4, 2020
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Yoram A
Zichron Yaakov, Israel27 contributions
Sep 2019 • Family
We had a 3 hours free walking tour in Hanoi old quarter and lake. We seen pretty much of old quarter attractions. The guides were very nice and gave us plenty of information regarding to the history , culture and nature of Hanoi and the old quarter.
Yoram AbramovicIsrael
Written September 30, 2019
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erezruby
Tel Aviv, Israel187 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
Our guide (Pho = Happy) was great, and the tour was interesting. He took us to see a hidden alley in Hanoi, where families live in poverty right behind the facade of the shops and stores you seemingly pass by. We also visited the house #48 where Ho Chi Minh wrote the Vietnamese declaration of independence, we drank the famous egg coffee in the inventors' daughters' shop, we ate a local ice cream, visited the local fruit & vegetable market as well as the souvenir market where we bought dried mango and ended the 4 hour tour in front of the opera house. Pho was very knowledgable and enthusiastic to give us a good time. I fully recommend to to this tour during your first morning in Hanoi, to get a better sense of the city, and it's also not unbearably hot during the morning.
Written September 6, 2019
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