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

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


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. Vietnams 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.


  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Lunch included
  • Breakfast included
  • All entrance fees included
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Fully narrated tour

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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 Hanois 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. Youll end up at St Josephs 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 Presidents Palace and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Learn about President Ho Chi Minhs 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, youll 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 Vietnams 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 youre taken back to your hotel.


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transport by cyclo

Professional guide



Bottled water

Entry/Admission - Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Entry/Admission - One Pillar Pagoda

Entry/Admission - Vietnam Museum of Ethnology


Food and drinks, unless specified


Additional Info

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

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  • 30-Oct-2018

    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

  • 12-Jul-2018

    We booked this private tour for our family of 6 including 2 children ages 7 and 11. Our tour guide was Chan. Although she was very polite and nice, we would not recommend this tour for the following reasons: 1 Our instructions indicated to be ready no later than 7:45 am, but the tour guide showed up at our hotel at 9:00 am after the hotel called the tour company for an update. If this is a private tour, there is no reason why the tour guide should be late. 2 Our guide was very sweet, but we could not understand her English. 3 We ran out of time to do activities as the tour guide was over one hour late to the hotel. 4 The tour included the water puppet show, but rather than have already the tickets purchased for our family, a significant amount of time was taken from our tour time for the tour guide to go purchase the tickets which were almost sold out in the first place we went to and had to go to a second water puppet show place to get tickets. The tickets should have been purchased already. Overall, I feel the tour company forgot completely about our booking until we placed the call in the morning because we had not been picked up. This tour company is not reliable.

  • 09-Apr-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.

  • 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.

  • 06-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.

  • 01-Apr-2018

    Great tour. Great Guide

  • 22-Mar-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

  • 21-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

  • 04-Mar-2018

    I was not satisfied with this tour. I booked a private tour for the day, but we were joined by another person, who had also booked a private tour and was not happy.
    Our guide seemed quite confused as to what was on the agenda for the day i.e. he did not know that breakfast was included, so we spent quite a bit of time looking around for somewhere to eat as most places were closed.
    Our guide told us there would be no cyclo ride as none of the cyclos were operating that day. However later in the day we found some cyclos that were operating and after a lot of running around on the part of our guide he managed to get some for us to enjoy the ride through the streets of Hanoi.
    Even though we had ordered and paid for 3 water puppet show tickets prior to our departure to Vietnam, our guide said he had to go and buy 2 more tickets for the show even though there was only 1 extra person and this meant that our party of 3 were split up and we were not sitting together.
    Our guide kept disappearing during the day, through no fault of his own, to do all this extra planning that should have been in place before the tour began.
    I believe the whole day tour was disorganised and lacked structure due to bad planning on the part of your company. Yes I know it was New Years Day, but you knew that when we booked the tour and you should have shown more consideration and planned around that fact.
    I do not blame the guide or driver for any of the disorganisation of the day, they did the best they could in bad circumstances.

  • 01-Mar-2018

    We had an awful experience with our tour. The guide didn't fullfil what was specified in the tour information. He didn't want to take us for breakfast (even when it was specified in the tour information), he didn't take us to all the specified touristic places in Hanoi, instead he took us to many stores to buy souvenirs; then he wanted us to pay the lunch, but we told him that lunch was included according to the tour information, so he made us pay only the beverages; of course he didn't gave us the water bottles; during the transportation he didn't give us any information about the city; then we went to the Ho Chi Minh museum (because we asked to, even when it was also included) and he didn't explain anything to us, he was sat waiting for us (I have a photo of him) while other guides from others tours were explaining to the tourists. The only thing that he show us was a Ho Chi Minh photo and he said that he was a good person and for that reason he was famous. We suspect that we went to many souvenir stores because the guide wanted to go to the restroom. In addition the guide didn't hace historia official guide badge. Finally, the guide asked for a tip of 50 USD. Of course, we didn't have our local beer. This is the most dissapointing tour we have ever had

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