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Hanoi Sightseeing: the Best Tours

Planning a trip to Hanoi can be daunting with the sheer size of activities available and articles on the internet listing dos and don’ts while in Vietnam. Never fear though, for we have compiled an exceptional list of tried and tested, authentic experiences for even the most seasoned traveler to approve of. 

Whether you’re interested in the culture and history unique to the area, are a gourmet foodie looking to sample the local cuisine, or an active enthusiast on the search for the best jogging trail, we’ve got you covered!

Hanoi History and Culture Tours

Hanoi is a treasure trove of culture and history, offering travelers an intoxicating blend of ancient traditions and modern development all at once. Founded in 1010, Hanoi was the capital of the country until 1802 when the Nguyen Dynasty moved all affairs to Hue in central Vietnam.

The French are largely responsible for bringing the seat of power back to Hanoi, where it has remained ever since. This impact can be seen in the wide, tree-lined boulevards of Ba Dinh District and old French villas covered with bougainvillea vines hidden throughout the city. 

Besides just walking around and soaking up the atmosphere, we recommend to choose at least one museum and combine it with a sightseeing tour to dive into the fascinating culture of the region.

  • City sightseeing tours – There’s no better way to soak up the atmosphere of Hanoi than to join a sightseeing tour through the Old Quarter, French Quarter, and West Lake district. While the most popular way for travelers to explore is with a guide and by foot, to truly experience Hanoi as a local, why not catch a ride on the back of a Vespa? A licensed and trusted guide will zip through small alleys and past major attractions to give you a truly unforgettable experience.
  • Vietnamese Women’s Museum – Listed among Asia’s top 25 must-visit museums, the Vietnamese Women’s Museum is a tribute to the history of women in Vietnam. There are also in-depth exhibitions on women in tribal cultures, women’s role during times of war, and how society functions in modern times. 
  • Vietnam National Museum of History – Housing over 200,000 pieces from Vietnamese history, 19 of which are considered national treasures, the Vietnam National Museum of history is the go-to place for history buffs. The exhibits range from showcasing materials from the early Paleolithic Age up through the mid-nineteenth century.

Food Tours in Hanoi

One of the best ways to learn about a country is through their cuisine, and Hanoi is chock-full of some of the world’s most sumptuous dishes. Dishes like the national icon, pho, the intricately balanced flavors of cha ca, the crisp fresh pho cuon spring rolls, and the smoky charcoal grilled bun cha can all be sampled and savored on a trip to the city in a variety of different ways.

  • Street food tour – These types of guided tours take you deep into the Old Quarter to local haunts and favorites, giving you a taste of what makes Hanoian cuisine so exemplary. Expect to taste a variety of dishes to get a well-rounded idea of what makes the city tick. The best tours explore on foot or by motorbike.

  • Cooking classes – Are you into hands-on discovery? Join a cooking class with trained chefs and learn how to prepare the very best Vietnamese food on your own. Options include barbeque, spring rolls, vegetarian, coastal Vietnamese dishes, traditional northern Vietnamese cuisine, and Hanoian street food menus.

  • Homestay dinner – Cultural exchange has never been more fun. This type of activity involves preparing a meal and then enjoying it together with a local family. Sometimes the families are traditional, with more than 3 generations living together in one home, while other times, more modern with just the nuclear family living in one home. Either way, the homestay dinner is a fascinating look into the authentic lifestyle of Vietnamese families.
Check out our fabulous Hanoi packages for the best kind of travel inspiration, featuring some of the best foodie, cultural, and historical activities throughout the city.

Active Tours in Hanoi

It may come as a surprise that there are many opportunities to engage in exercise and sport in a city as big and crowded as Hanoi. A common sight most mornings and evenings is that of locals joining together in parks and squares to play badminton or practice ballroom dancing, zumba, the tango, laughing yoga, and aerobics.

In addition, the two largest lakes in Hanoi, West Lake and Hoan Kiem Lake, are two of the major centers at sunrise and dusk for cycling, dancing, and walking. You are more than welcome to join these groups during your stay in Hanoi, however, if you are looking for guided sport tours, why not check out some of the following below?

  • Jogging tours—If you’re an avid runner, no need to stop whilst on holiday in Hanoi! Our guided 9km running route takes you past sparkling lakes, lush parks, ancient pagodas, and wide, French-styled boulevards to give you a fresh perspective on Hanoi while the city is just waking up from 6 to 9am. Halfway through the route, sit down for a reenergizing Vietnamese coffee before continuing to the final stop for a piping hot bowl of chicken pho, Hanoi’s favorite breakfast.

  • Wellness tours – Looking to quiet your mind? Hanoi is home to a variety of yoga studios, each specializing in different types of programs. Hanoi’s first Bikram studio in the Truc Bach area holds 90 minute sessions, consisting of the same series of 26 positions along with two breathing exercises in a room heated to 40 degrees C. For those interested in meditation, a sensory deprivation float tank built to enhance meditation and to discover deep thoughts and feelings quicker than usual.

All programs and itineraries at Topas Travel can be easily customized to fit your heart’s desire. To get started on planning a trip of a lifetime to Vietnam, get in touch with one of our travel designers now!

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