Private Tour: Hanoi City Tour Including Water Puppet Show and Cyclo Ride

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Private Tour: Hanoi City Tour Including Water Puppet Show and Cyclo Ride
from USD $97.90
Take in Hanoi's notable landmarks during a full day of private sightseeing that includes a cyclo tour to the Old Quarter and a water puppet show. Vietnam’s capital maintains 2,000 well-preserved cultural, architectural and historical sites. Your tour includes visits to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Temple of Literature and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, plus structures like One Pillar Pagoda and Ngoc Son Temple. Enjoy breakfast and lunch, starting your day with coffee and completing it with a refreshing beer. Hotel pickup and drop-off by air-conditioned vehicle are included.
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In Brief

Hanoi, Vietnam
10 hours
Important InfoInfo
Start your full-day private tour of Hanoi with early pickup from your hotel. Then hop in a cyclo to the undisputed heart of the city with your friendly and informative guide. Observe people practicing tai chi, playing badminton and doing other popular activities as you receive an overview of daily life and witness how locals occupy their mornings.

Weave through Hanoi’s Old Quarter in the historical center of the capital, known for its 36 old streets and artisan guilds that date back to the 13th century. You’ll end up at St Joseph’s Cathedral (Nha Tho Lon), whose structure has changed little since it was built in 1886.

Stop for a quintessential Vietnamese breakfast of pho bo (beef noodle soup) and enjoy a relaxing conversation with the locals over a cup of delicious coffee — a great way to immerse in the culture of Hanoi. Test your language skills as your guide teaches you to order ca phe nong (hot black coffee, usually with sugar) or ca phe sua nong (hot coffee with sweetened condensed milk).

Afterward, continue sightseeing in the comfort of an air-conditioned, private vehicle with a visit to Ba Dinh Square, where your guide points out significant buildings such as the President’s Palace and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Learn about President Ho Chi Minh’s life and his career at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and discover the role of Buddhism in Hanoi at the historical One Pillar Pagoda, considered one of Vietnam's most iconic temples with its typical architecture, originally built in 1049.

Before a traditional Vietnamese lunch at Ngon restaurant, you’ll gain an appreciation for Vietnamese architecture at the Temple of Literature, the first university of Vietnam, and view Long Bien Bridge, built during the French occupation.

In the afternoon, discover the many customs of more than 50 ethnic minorities in Vietnam at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Then enjoy the beautiful environs of Hoan Kiem Lake (Sword Lake), stopping by Ngoc Son Temple (Temple of the Jade Mountain), situated on a small islet in the lake.

Finally, your guide accompanies you to see a water puppet show. This delightful stage performance delves into Vietnam’s mythology and traditions for a little over an hour.

Finish with a personalized experience of local beer at Bia Hoi Junction (aka Bia Hoi Corner) where you can sit outside as the city whizzes past, before you’re taken back to your hotel.


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by cyclo
  • Professional guide
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
  • Entry/Admission - One Pillar Pagoda
  • Entry/Admission - Vietnam Museum of Ethnology


  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.83 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Pick up on time at the hotel.Great view of the city starting with Ho Chi Minh mosoleum, the garden then the anthropology museum.Lunch and then water puppets and cyclo.Fine
• Submitted 30 Oct 2018
Started out a little shaky. The tour guide was late and there was no breakfast included we did eat at the hotel prior so it was no big deal for us. Our guide turned out to be awesome. Knowledgeable and very friendly. We booked out tour for a Sunday due to how out trip played out. I do not recommend going on a Sunday. Sunday is the day that thousands of people go to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum so we were not able to go in due to the expected four hours or more standing in line. The tour guide and driver adjusted and made it an amazing day. Water puppets and cyclo rides were a great addition to end our day.
• Submitted 09 Apr 2018
Very good exposure to Hanoi in one day! A little rushed but had to be to cover all the things we saw this day.
• Submitted 06 Apr 2018
This was a wonderful diverse tour. Guide was punctual, well informed and his English was excellent. I can hardly believe we did so much in one day. The Museum of Ethnology was made a high spot by the extremely interesting narrative of the guide. The cyclo tour of the Old Quarter was not to be missed and the Water Puppets was certainly different. A well thought out tour giving a great overview of Hanoi. A tour not to be missed.
• Submitted 06 Apr 2018
Great tour. Great Guide
• Submitted 01 Apr 2018
I only had a limited time in Hanoi after a business trip and wanted to get out and see the sights. The tour was wonderful, Hanoi with richl history, colour and flavour. Our guide Kien spoke good English and was friendly, informative and helpful. Very impression with tour service
• Submitted 22 Mar 2018
Hanoi is a very busy charming city and mr Hoa from Bravo Hanoi Tours was great. We feel very enjoy about this trip and the services company provided to us. Highly recommend this trip for every one
• Submitted 21 Mar 2018
Very informative tour with a very knowledgeable guide. I can only recommend.
• Submitted 02 Dec 2017
Sam is a terrific person conscientious, articulate, knowledgeable, thoughtful, and attentive to detail. No criticisms whatsoever. I could have skipped the water puppet show, but obviously it is a popular activity for tourists and others. Suspect I don't understand how difficult it is to perform. If I ever return to Hanoi, I would be happy to have the same guide!
• Submitted 12 Nov 2017
Good tour of Hanoi. It was rainning all day, it was worth every penny.
• Submitted 23 Aug 2017
So lots of interesting experience with our day trip in Hanoi. Our guide Thanh of Bravo Indochina Tours is really knowledgeable. He told us a lot about Hanoi history and about local food, lifestyle. Highly recommend
• Submitted 21 Jun 2017
I'm not sure if we were lucky or whether it's standard practise but my husband and I had a charming tour guide to ourselves. Not only were we able to ask questions easily but she was happy to do things at our pace. We feel we saw most of the important features of Hanoi, and learnt a lot of its history along the way. Well worth while and great value for money.
• Submitted 24 Apr 2017
Singh was an excellent guide in the cultural, political and religious background to Vietnam--really excellent. We hit places of interest. Oddly, the only thing I could have done without was the cycloride around Old Quarter (walking my preference). But it was time and money well spent.
• Submitted 01 Mar 2017
Tour was to start with hotel lobby pickup at 7am. By 7:30am no show. No one answered phone in tour office. Called again at 8 am, no answer. Called again at 8:15am, finally got a response, then hang up. They called backed 10 minutes later. They claimed to have tried calling my room, no response...of course no as I was waiting in lobby as instructed. Think they simply did not intend to pick me up. Finally picked up at 9:25am. Tour guide said he was called by your office to come to hotel at 8:30am, further asked me to say I was his friend, not your client ask office had not prepared official documents for your...all leading me to think office never planned to provide my tour. In end tour was excellent. Guide and driver were perfect. I enjoyed the 9 hours tour. Really upset with management for keeping me waiting two and a half hours and lots of anxiety. Viator gave 10 discount on 109 cost. Think Viator could have done better. Other Viator to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc was 45 minutes late pick up!
• Submitted 28 Feb 2017
We were met by our guide, who explained the excursion to us. She had organised a driver who was amazing in the traffic. At all times we felt she understood her subject, was able to communicate it to us in an interesting manner. Breakfast and lunch was fabulous, the cyclo trip through the traffic really made us understand the frenetic nature of Hanoi traffic. Loved the puppet show.
• Submitted 21 Feb 2017
Excellent tour and good organized! High Flexiblity for our wishes.
• Submitted 29 Dec 2016
We really enjoyed the Hanoi city tour so much, a highlight of our trip and guide Huong were absolutely welcoming and knowledgeable, the lunch at 5 spicy restaurant was also excellent. This was a highlight to our overall trip. Highly recommended
• Submitted 31 May 2016
This is my second time seeing the Water Puppet Show so obviously you can't miss this.
• Submitted 22 Nov 2015
Highly recommend for one day tour combined sighseeing, then went for coffee and street food
• Submitted 03 Mar 2015
Bravo for excellent services!!! Amazing Hanoi tour, taste some typical Hanoi foods like Bun Cha, Pho Con, the locals while sipping a cup coffee, discover Hanoi history and cultural with guide Trung, a young and energic Hanoian who takes you everywhere with fun and knowledges. A full day of many activities, tired and so many fun.
• Submitted 03 May 2015
A good trip which gave a good overview of interesting places to visit in Hanoi. Would recommend if in Hanoi for only a few days as it covered the main sights in the centre of Hanoi in one day.
• Submitted 07 Dec 2017
The puppet show is amazing, nva miss this and the cyclo ride calm and relaxing.
• Submitted 01 Sep 2017
It was good. The only down side is that the guide did not inform me of his cell number and I lost him and had a hard time to reach him through the company phone. Anyway would recommend to anyone with just small advice, at the very beginning, please collect the cell phone number of the guide and make communications very clear.
• Submitted 31 May 2017
Great tour, great guide. Very informative. Just ended up being the two of us with our guide. Water Puppet Show is a dud - people falling asleep all around me.
• Submitted 13 Sep 2016

In Brief

Hanoi, Vietnam
10 hours