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Guide to Hanoi Outdoors

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Hanoi offers a range of outdoor activities both within the city and in the surrounding areas. From city parks and eco-tours to harbour cruises and motorcycle adventure trips, there are exciting outdoor activities to suit most travellers.

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Hanoi Eco Tour - Day Tour

Eco Tours

Cuong Motorbike Adventure

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, Motorcycle Tours

Hanoi Meals On Wheels

Food Tours, Motorcycle Tours

Halong Bay Tours

Boat Tours, Day Trips

Vietnam Velo

Sightseeing Tours, Bike Tours, Eco Tours, Self-Guided Tours & Rentals

Mai Chau Ecological Lodge

Eco Tours

West Lake

Bodies of Water

Hanoi Street Food Tour

Motorcycle Tours, Food Tours, Walking Tours, Sightseeing Tours

HanoiKids Free Tour

Food Tours, Private Tours, City Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Cultural Tours

Kirsty S's City Tips

  • As with anywhere in the world, some outdoor tours companies are better than others. Ask other travellers for up-to-date recommendations about guides and tour companies.
  • If you’re planning a trip to Hanoi that will be mainly outdoors, keep the climate in mind. Summer is hot and humid. The best time for outdoor activities is in spring and autumn.
  • Air pollution in Hanoi is an ongoing problem. While most short term visitors feel no ill-effects, those with respiratory problems or asthma may want to talk to their doctors.
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    Hanoi Eco Tour - Day Tour
    Eco Tours
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    Kirsty S Says:

    If you want an authentic, socially responsible but quirky look at rural life in Vietnam, then consider a Hanoi Eco Tour. Learn about basic planting and farming techniques, try your hand at traditional cooking methods or take a peaceful bike ride into the surrounding countryside.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If you’re more into fishing than farming, you can also take the five-hour Fishing Life Tour to learn traditional local fishing techniques.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #174 of 559 Outdoor Activities in Hanoi
    • Excellent trip, with an off-the-beaten-track flavor 01/01/2018
    • 4 day 3 night trip ! 11/08/2017
    • Hanoi Eco Tour - Day Tour
    Address:
    No. 20 - Living Quater 49B
    Yen Hoa Ward Cau Giay District
    Hanoi 10000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 97 431 31 04
    Other:
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    Cuong Motorbike Adventure
    4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, Motorcycle Tours
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Several companies run motorbike tours into the surrounding countryside and if motorcycling is your thing, it’s an amazing way to see some of Northern Vietnam. Cuong’s Motorbike Adventure run multi-day all inclusive tours with English speaking guides, including a spectacular ten-day Grand Loop Northern Vietnam tour.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Not a motorcycle enthusiast? Cuong also provides four-wheel drive Jeep Tours that offer the same local flavour and experiences.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 559 Outdoor Activities in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • 1 day Hanoi Countryside on a Ural 06/01/2018
    • The BEST way to see Vietnam 05/14/2018
    • Cuong Motorbike Adventure
    Address:
    122 Vinh Tuy Street, Hai Ba Trung District
    Hanoi 10000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 91 876 35 15
    Hours:
    Sun
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Mon - Fri
    8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Sat
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Hanoi Meals On Wheels
    Food Tours, Motorcycle Tours
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Meals on Wheels, Hanoi style, is certainly nothing like most westerners might imagine. Scooter drivers collect tourists direct from their hotels for an evening of food, drinks and fun. You’ll ride pillion, visit around half a dozen different eating venues, and get a tasty and varied overview of the food the locals eat.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Let the company know about any food allergies. They can custom-design your trip and menu to avoid some common allergens, such as nuts and gluten.
    • If you’re short on time but have an evening to spare, this is a really fun way to see the city and sample a lot of different types of authentic Vietnamese food and drink.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in Hanoi
    • DO THIS TOUR!!!!😃 06/01/2016
    • Best Vietnamese Food 03/10/2016
    • Hanoi Meals On Wheels
    Phone:
    +84 122 422 3492
    Price range:
    $55 - $55
    Other:
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    Halong Bay Tours
    Boat Tours, Day Trips
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Locals and tourists alike will tell you the one thing you must do in this region is to take a boat tour of Halong Bay. You can get tours that include stops to take in the local sights and the chance to get out on the water in a kayak to explore the beaches, caves and islands. Overnight Halong Bay tours are also available.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bear in mind that it’s a three-hour trip from Hanoi to Halong Bay (included in the price of a tour).
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #72 of 326 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Halong Bay overnight stay tour / tour guide Lee 09/04/2018
    • I day Halong bay cruise. 08/16/2018
    • Halong Bay Tours
    Address:
    69 Ly Nam De
    Hanoi 100000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 97 225 72 28
    Price range:
    $113,636 - $113,636
    Other:
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    Vietnam Velo
    Sightseeing Tours, Bike Tours, Eco Tours, Self-Guided Tours & Rentals
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    Kirsty S Says:

    This guided full-day cycling tour takes you around the bustling backstreets of Hanoi and out to the nearby countryside for a taste of two very different sides of Vietnamese life. Vietnam Velo offer a choice of mountain bikes, road bikes, BMXs and hybrids.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Give some thought to which sort of bike will suit your needs and fitness levels before you book.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #208 of 559 Outdoor Activities in Hanoi
    • Highly recommended 05/10/2018
    • Great afternoon in Hanoi! 03/23/2018
    • Vietnam Velo
    Address:
    23, Nguyen Khac Nhu St
    Hanoi 10000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 90 437 85 78
    Other:
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    Mai Chau Ecological Lodge
    Eco Tours
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    Kirsty S Says:

    The Mai Chau Ecological Lodge offers a beautiful back-to-nature experience just 135 kilometres outside of Hanoi. If you need a few days' break from the city surrounded by mountains and rice paddies, this is the place to head.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Great for a dose of traditional Vietnamese living, enjoy a scenic hike or cycle ride out to the local villages, or take a cookery class to learn how to best use local ingredients.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #212 of 559 Outdoor Activities in Hanoi
    • Just amazing you gotta see it to believe it 09/18/2018
    • Stunning Views, Average Experience 07/12/2018
    • Mai Chau Ecological Lodge
    Address:
    Suite A904, Building M3-M4, 91 Nguyen Chi Thanh, Dong Da
    Hanoi 100000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 4 3221 6726
    Price range:
    $110 - $110
    Other:
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    West Lake
    Bodies of Water
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    Kirsty S Says:

    If you want to get outdoors and have a break from city life without leaving Hanoi, try a leisurely stroll around West Lake, and take some time to simply sit and enjoy the views while watching the world go by.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are several restaurants in the vicinity of the park, including a restaurant owned by author and celebrity chef, Bobby Chinn.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #59 of 305 things to do in Hanoi
    • nice view 09/16/2018
    • A Cultural Walk 09/14/2018
    • West Lake
    Address:
    Ba Dinh District
    Hanoi 100000
    Vietnam
    Other:
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    Hanoi Street Food Tour
    Motorcycle Tours, Food Tours, Walking Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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    Kirsty S Says:

    A great one for the foodies, Hanoi is blessed with some fantastic food, but the choices on offer can seem overwhelming. The Hanoi Street Food tour takes you out onto the streets and leads you directly to the best food in the city.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • It's a good idea to do this tour not long after you arrive in Hanoi, as it helps you to get your bearings on the city, particularly in the bustling Old Quarter.
    • It almost goes without saying to arrive hungry! There's lots to try and you won't want to miss anything.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 242 Food & Drink in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice evening with sunny 09/25/2018
    • Delicious food and an awesome tour guide! 09/25/2018
    • Hanoi Street Food Tour
    Address:
    74 Hang Bac street
    Old Quarter
    Hanoi 100000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 96 696 01 88
    Price range:
    $20 - $20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
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    HanoiKids Free Tour
    Food Tours, Private Tours, City Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Cultural Tours
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    Kirsty S Says:

    HanoiKids is an organisation that puts tourists together with young English-speaking students who will give you a guided tour of the city for free. It’s really more of a cultural exchange, as the students are keen to practice their language skills and learn about other cultures. You’ll only pay for any paid activities that are part of the tour, and you can chat with your guides about what you want to see or do, though they may well have their own ideas about what they’d like to show you!

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Try one of these free tours before shelling out for a paid one. You’ll get an overview of the city and it’s a great way to meet young Vietnamese people you may not meet otherwise.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 242 Food & Drink in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Food tour around old quarter 09/22/2018
    • A must do when you visit Hano 09/21/2018
    • HanoiKids Free Tour
    Phone:
    +84 162 743 8686
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
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