Private Tour of Hanoi the Vibrant Quirky Capital of Vietnam!

A private tour of Hanoi the vibrant, quirky capital of Vietnam, which was once shut away from the outside world and lost to the tourism trade for many years slowly emerges from the ravages of war and is on catch-up. 

A Private Tour Of The Vibrant Quirky Capital Of Hanoi Vietnam is the way to see this city.

These proud people welcome travellers to their vibrant capital with open arms and are proud of their French Colonial past and Chinese occupation. 

A private tour around this city will peel away the layers of their once unsettled history as it emerges in all its glory. Whether flying around the town on one of the many motorbikes that team down every street or taking a leisurely stroll around Old Hanoi a private tour can offer you….

There are so many places to visit while in Vietnam, and we have chosen the best for you to see...

Nha Trang the leading party town of Vietnam! Or if you fancy taking life a bit more slowly, please visit Hoi An a beautiful ancient and historical heritage town is a definite must visit with a private tour while in Vietnam.    Read More...

Sensational Private Tours of Hanoi's Amazing Architecture and History

Private Tour of Hanoi the Vibrant Quirky Capital of Vietnam!

 The fascinating command centre bunker of the Imperial Citadel still in its original layout

Make a wish and ask for your blessing at the Perfume Pagoda

Return to a golden age of entertainment at the sumptuous Opera House

Take a pilgrimage to the final resting place of the last President and pay your respects

Become a kid again by going on a tour to a performance of the world-famous Water Puppet Theatre

Top 10 Things to See in Hanoi

Imperial Citadel of Thang Long
1 Apart from the Princess Pagoda and Flag Tower it was quite disappointing that most of the original historical buildings have long been destroyed however the area still has its feet firmly in its rich past and we could see excavations still ongoing. The one true treasure for me is the concrete bunker and tunnel used as the headquarters and command centre of Vietnams Peoples Army, it was just like going back in time.
The Perfume Pagoda
2 Immediately when entering this network of Buddhist Temples I could feel the calming and spiritual energy it holds. Built into the limestone cliffs you could hear the sound of tinkling streams and the smell of its tropical plants. Pilgrims trek to The Perfume Pagoda to get a blessing from the many stalactites and stalagmites in the cave believing each one can offer the visitor their wishes. Im still waiting for mine
Hanoi Opera House
3 Although we never got to see any operas or ballets shown here, it was still well worth a guided tour just to see the spectacular beauty of this neo-classical French building. Its many shuttered windows, pillars and balconies were simply stunning, but it is the inside that truly took our breath away. Built in 1911 it is still as glorious today as it was then and gives a brief nostalgic view of the opulence of that era
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
4 It is hard to comprehend how this cold block of marble became the final resting place of the great leader Ho Chi Minh who actually wanted to be cremated. Now lying in state. However, we found the never ending mass pilgrimage to this sacred place quite poignant. For me, I found the spectacular yellow Presidential Palace and stilt house more fascinating in its show of memorabilia and haunting historica
Water Puppet Theatre
5 Not just for the children of the group we all enjoyed this unique North Vietnamese Water Puppet Show that can trace its roots back to the 11th century. It was interesting to learn of its origins in the flooded paddy fields where villagers made their own entertainment. Stories take the audience back to an ancient village life with their dances, mythical creatures and harvests accompanied by traditional musicians.
Hanoi Old Quarter
6 We took a private tour of Hanoi Old Quarter near to the lake and home to Hanoi’s commercial district. If you have seen on TV the bustling streets of thousands of motorbikes teaming in every direction then this is probably that area. The long narrow old fashioned shop fronts still sell cotton and herbs amongst more modern products for todays life. We enjoyed browsing the art galleries and boutique shops here too.
Temple of Literature
7 Originally only the elite and Royal members were accepted as students but we chanced our arm and paid a visit on this private tour. Originally a University this stunning building is an excellent example of Vietnamese traditional style architecture and has seen many graduates, especially, Doctors, pass through its halls. It has ancient areas such as the Lake of Literature as well as Well of Heavenly Clarity.
Ba Vi National Park
8 For a relaxing break we took a private tour to the National Park and its resort where we were able to partake of the hot springs and mud baths. In the French Colonial era it was built as a hill station offering great hiking and walking opportunities and is a continuous source of plants for medicinal purposes. We made the somewhat tiring trek to the temple at the top but it was worth it for the amazing panoramic view.
Dong Xuan Market
9 No break is complete without a spot of shopping so we ventured out to Hanoi’s largest indoor market to feast our eyes on the most amazing variety of seafood, fresh flowers and even pets. Interesting as it was we then headed upstairs to the packed stalls selling handbags, clothing and handicrafts. Several purchases later we stopped for some freshly cooked bun cha before moving on to smaller shops surrounding the market
Hoan Siem Lake
10 Our last day we decided to take a peaceful guided tour out to Hoan Siem Lake. On Jade Island sits probably the most famous place of Hanoi city the Pagoda and its enormous towers richly decorated in Chinese scripture. We took the captivating crimson painted bridge built in the classic Vietnamese style to the island pagoda where we saw many deities along with other ancient artifact and a huge 250kg preserved turtle .

Travel Tips for Hanoi

readless
Let the activities begin!
Private Full Day Tour to Hoa Lu & Tam Coc from Hanoi
16 reviews

Hoa Lu, the first Vietnam Capital under the Dinh and Le Dynasties from 10th century between 968 and 1009 AD. Tam Coc is often referred to as Ha Long among the rice paddies.

From USD
$35.00
326 customer recommendations
7 to 8 hours Hanoi
Am Tien Cave - Trang An from Hanoi
8 reviews

The beauty of a serene but full of enchanting Am Tien cave, you will feel like stepping through “gate of time” and getting lost in a wonderful heaven.

From USD
$40.00
138 customer recommendations
The Ionah Art Show
8 reviews

The Ionah show is a magical performance, depicting a whirlwind love story through the power of music, dance and spectacular effects.

From USD
$50.00
148 customer recommendations
Trip to Ancient Capital (Hoa Lu - Tam Coc) - Ninh Binh - Private Tour
7 reviews

Ninh Binh shows an ancient time of Vietnam with solemn temples, tranquil paddy fields and incredible landscape. Ninh Binh is called "Halong-Bay-In-Land" by tourists.

From USD
$50.00
136 customer recommendations
Luxury Seaplane & Day Cruise in Halong Bay
2 reviews

Seaplane exploration, of the impressive views of Hanoi, where you will fly for 45 minutes along Hanoi Bay. Visit paradise cave and explore the region by kayak.

From USD
$712.00
1 days Hanoi
Noi Bai Airport Transfer
2 reviews

Noi Bai International airport in Hanoi is the largest Airport in the north of Vietnam. It is 35km from the Hanoi city centre.

From USD
$20.00
2 hours Hanoi
Mua Cave and Trang An Grottoes on Private Tour
1 reviews

The dragon is one of the sacred creatures in Vietnam, along with the turtle, the unicorn and the phoenix. It's a symbol of yang, translated into prosperity and power....

From USD
$69.00
10 to 11 hours Hanoi
Bai Dinh Pagoda - Trang An Eco Tour Joining Group
1 reviews

Join this tour to visit Bai Dinh, the biggest Buddhism centre of Southeast Asia. Have lunch at a local restaurant and take a boat trip to visit the amazing cave complex!

From USD
$48.00
Buddhism Pilgrimage - Perfume Pagoda Trip
1 reviews

A pilgrimage excursion to the Perfume Pagoda includes a slow boat trip between poetic mountains and streams, and light climbing exercises.

From USD
$40.00
8 hours Hanoi
2-way Fansipan Cable Car Ticket With Round Trip Transportation
1 reviews

Fansipan mountain is the highest peak in Indochina and is hereby dubbed “The roof of Indochina” (3.143m), lying in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range.

From USD
$51.50
1 customer recommendations
Private Tour of Hanoi City and Water Puppet Show
1 reviews

Have a great and unforgettable day in Hanoi with this amazing opportunity, a private tour of this wonderful city and a fantastic night at the water puppet performance!

From USD
$60.00
10 hours Hanoi
Full Day Group Tour of Halong Bay From Hanoi
0 reviews

Halong Bay 1 day trip from Hanoi, the best option for travellers with limited time but still want to discover the new seven wonder of the world!

From USD
$62.00
12 hours Hanoi
Full Day Deluxe Group Tour of Tour Hoa Lu and Tam Coc
0 reviews

Hoa Lu and Tam Coc one day tour is one the best options for travellers who would like to see one of the top beauty spots nearby Hanoi!

From USD
$80.00
10 hours Hanoi
Halong Bay Honeymoon Package Includes Luxury Seaplane Tour
0 reviews

Discover Vietnam for your sweet Honeymoon memory by seaplane on a finest luxurious tour on in Halong bay along with private driver and air-conditoned Vehicles.

From USD
$4,200.00
6 days Hanoi
Hanoi City Tour Full Day
0 reviews

A full day of visiting Hanoi with many highlight historical sites such as Hanoi Complex of Museum, Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature including lunch & guide

From USD
$30.00
7 to 8 hours Hanoi
Hanoi Perfume Pagoda on a Private Full Day Tour
0 reviews

Visit one of the most amazing Pagodas in North Vietnam from Hanoi. On this full-day private tour also see the paddies, stunning landscape, enjoy a boat tour and cable ride.

From USD
$90.00
1 days Hanoi
Tam Coc- Bich Dong Full Day departures from Hanoi
0 reviews

Short Excursion from Hanoi to South of Vietnam. Visiting 3 caves and complex of Temples, rivers, and see the yellow paddies, stocks, farming activities

From USD
$120.00
9 to 10 hours Hanoi
Hanoi - Halong Bay full Day
0 reviews

Beginning from Hanoi to Halong bay by luxury Coach, having lunch on Cruise, Exploring Halong Bay full 4 hours, paradise cave, grottoes, kayaking, fishing...return Hanoi

From USD
$150.00
10 hours Hanoi
Hanoi Impression: 4 Days 3 Nights Private Luxury Tour
0 reviews

4 - Day Hanoi Impression Private Luxury Tour incl. Boat Tours, Guided tours, Meals, Accommodation, Transportation, pick up and drop off airport & More ...

From USD
$284.00
4 days Hanoi
Best North Vietnam 5 days tour from HANOI to Halong Bay
0 reviews

5 - Day Amazing Lifetime Experience of north Vietnam incl. Meals, Accommodation, Transportation, pick up and drop off & More

From USD
$359.00
5 days Hanoi