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Hanoi Old Quarter Walking Tour

Hanoi, Vietnam

3 hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size





Hanoi Old Quarter is particularly a must-see location for every international traveler to Hanoi. A wonderful Hanoi Old Quarter Walking Tour to such ancient commercial streets provides a proper understanding not only about how local people run their businesses but also about traditional Vietnamese architecture.

You’ll be guided by well-trained local guides who really know about Hanoi and most importantly, the tour is FREE.

  • Free Pick-up & Drop-off
  • Private enthusiastic local guides who really understands Hanoi
  • Can be customized to your wishes
  • Extra offers 8$ for water puppet show and $10 for cyclo tour



  • Luckily all attractions are free of charge
  • Exploration of Hanoi Old Quarter’s beauty
  • Insight into Hanoians’ culture and lifestyle
  • Save your money (FREE tours) and avoid scams


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Our local tour guide will pick you up at your hotel or meeting point according to the pick-up time arranged then we’ll start our Free Hanoi Old Quarter Walking Tour.

Hoan Kiem Lake - Ngoc Son Temple, The Huc Bridge
Hoan Kiem Lake - Ngoc Son Temple, The Huc Bridge

Our first destination is Hoan Kiem Lake.

Hoan Kiem Lake or Guom Lake (Returned Sword Lake) is one of the attraction that comes first in every foreign visitor's mind. The lake is also the center of the city and no tourists leaves Hanoi without visiting this area.

There’re some attractions we’ll visit in this area such as: Ngoc Son Temple, The Huc Bridge.

Ngoc Son Temple is the most scenic natural landscape of the city. The temple seems so impressive with two posts written in Chinese before the entrance gate.

The Huc Bridge (Rising Sun Bridge) is typical for Vietnamese architectural value. The bridge is also a romantic spot to watch the sunrise and sunset. A lot of couples visit this bridge to selfie and take some photographs for themselves.

Wandering along the riverbank full of green trees, you can enjoy the simple but tranquil speed of life of locals here

Hanoi Old Quarter
Hanoi Old Quarter

After exploring Hoan Kiem Lake area, we’ll head to the Hanoi Old Quarter.

Hanoi Old Quarter is known for the 36 ancient trade streets and now, the busiest hub of the city. There’re all kind of things you can find in here from tourist attractions, shopping stalls to street food vendors.

However, wandering along these old streets evokes feelings about Hanoi in the ancient time. Tourists at the same time observe the lifestyle of local Hanoian to enrich understanding about the culture here.

Explore inside of Hanoi Old Quarter
Explore inside of Hanoi Old Quarter

In Hanoi Old Quarter, you’ll see the “tubular houses” which are the typical houses in this area.

We’ll visit some of the famous attractions in Hanoi Old Quarter depends on your choice: Hanoi Ancient House, Bach Ma Temple, Dong Xuan Market, Long Bien Bridge,…

Hanoi Ancient House was built in the late of the 20th century and is the resemble of real ancient architecture of Hanoi houses. You’ll have a chance to be back in time to observe how life was in Hanoi.

Bach Ma Temple is the Eastern Guardian God Temple of the old Hanoi and is believed to be the oldest one in Hanoi. Dong Xuan market is the largest indoor market for anyone who enjoys shopping.

Enjoy Some Snack And The Egg Coffee
Enjoy Some Snack And The Egg Coffee

While on the way, our tour guide will take you to eat the famous and delious Trang Tien Ice Cream – known as the longest ice-cream brand in Hanoi. Or you can taste the Egg Coffee or Egg Beer– also the famous drink of Hanoian. walking tour old quarter hanoi with egg coffee

[Optional] Water Puppet Theatre (Only available for the afternoon tour)

Then, we visit Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre. This is one of the popular theatres in Hanoi city.

As one of the traditional form of Vietnam art performance, it is a great idea for any traveler to watch this unique culture art with Vietnamese folk tales and legends recounting with authentic Vietnamese operatic songs and traditional musical instruments.

[Optional] A round of cyclo in Hanoi Old Quater
[Optional] A round of cyclo in Hanoi Old Quater

Cyclo (also know as Xich Lo in Vietnam), is a representation of the Vietnamese way of life that you should not miss whenever visiting Vietnam.

Let's think of ending your tour with an hour of Cyclo around Hanoi Old Quarter? Then you will be drop off at your hotel in the Old Quater.


We'll then drop you off at your hotel or you can continue with your discovery. Our tour ends here


  • Tour guide (available with English speaking local guide)
  • Free Pick-up and Drop-off (Hotels in Hanoi Old Quarter)
  • No hidden Charge
  • Transfer fees (Private car is recommended)
  • Entrance fees (if any)
  • Personal expenses (foods, drinks, tips) - Price of A cup of coffee will be 20.000 – 30.000VND (1.2 -1.4 USD)
  • Tips or gratuities for tour guides


0 – 3 hours
3- 5 hours

Tour's Location

Hanoi, Vietnam



Student guide requires no charges! Guests should be nice to cover all fees for the guide!

Should Bring: Sunscreen, Sun Hat, Comfortable shoes, Cover-knee pants when visiting the temple

Payment & Cancellation

As AZ Local NPO Policy, you will pay for the expenses during the tour
Free Cancellation within 48 hours


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Based on 5 reviews
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hano old quarter walking tour

Beautiful Hanoi with friendly guide!

My guide is Ly, she speaks English very well and knows a lot of knowledge about Hanoi as well as the destinations we visited. Hanoi is very beautiful although the streets and food stores were filled with foreigners. Thank you Ly!
hano old quarter walking tour

We enjoyed our walking tour very much

Our tour guides were Nhi and Trang with perfect English. They were very knowledgeable and passionate about the history and culture of Vietnam. Also the best coffee spots! Thanks so much!
hano old quarter walking tour

We went on a Old Quater walking tour yesterday with Huyen and Nam

. The tour last for around 3 hours stat with turtle lake, then Hanoi prison and other sites. And yes the egg coffee! They were really happy and informative. Definitely recommendthis!
hano old quarter walking tour

Keep the AZ Local NPO running

Keep the AZ Local NPO running, we did 2 tours with AZ Local Trip NPO including Free old Quarter walking tours and day trip to Halong Bay Thanks a lot for assiting us Trang as free guide in Hanoi can not remmend enough

Trang was fantastic!

We touch down at Hanoi about 3pm and craving for food. Trang, our guide was very attentive to detail, she ask if we're allergic to anything before bringing us to the right place. In Hanoi, there is still a lot of food places which u can only order if u speak the local languages, we had 6 different food in one night. Needless to say, we love how we started our Hanoi trip with so much amazing food!
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