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Overview

Discover the many facets of Vietnam’s capital city. Delve into Hanoi’s local culture with a street food tour in the bustling Old Quarter. Then venture away from the centre, exploring ancient villages oozing with charm and biking through suburbs where life moves at a slower pace.

 

Trip Highlights

Hanoi Escape

Take a street food tour

Get to know Hanoi through its cuisine, snacking on freshly prepared foods and chatting with food stall vendors. 

Cycle Hanoi’s outskirts-

Pedal through villages and fields just outside of the city, glimpsing into the ways of life in the suburbs.

Explore Duong Lam

See remarkably well-preserved ancient buildings, dine in a historic house and experience rural tranquillity in Duong Lam village.

Itinerary

1

Hanoi Arrival

Noi Bai Airport to your chosen hotel in Hanoi (35km): 60mins

Upon arrival in Hanoi, be met by the guide and private car and transferred to the hotel for check-in. Note: The normal check-in time for hotels is 14:00 and today’s schedule will be adapted according to the international flight arrival time.

Vietnam’s quaint capital is a city of wide tree lined boulevards with tranquil lakes and colonial villa’s and a more sedate pace than other Asian cities. Hanoi offers something for everyone and will leave one wishing for a longer time to explore this enthralling capital.

One of the best ways to discover Vietnam and to understand Vietnamese culture is to get to know more about its food. Vietnamese food is one of the most diverse in the world, and without any doubts one of the tastiest. In Hanoi, from markets to food stalls, and to coffee shops, food is everywhere.

This afternoon, join to sample the best food that Hanoi has to offer. Start with a ‘wet market’ and browse the aisles of fresh produce and exotic items such as live frogs. The market is always busy with shoppers buying ingredients for the day’s meals.

Step out of the market and back onto the streets in search of some daily snacks of local which are displayed along road side. Stop to taste a piece of fresh spring roll or a crispy pancake before   wandering through narrow streets to the corner with full flavor of bun cha, fresh rice noodles with grilled pork. Continue to savor Vietnamese dessert by traditional sweet cakes made from some kinds of local herb or a little cup of fresh fruit mixed with greasy coconut milk.

Then stroll around the bustling Old Quarter, Find a street side café and sip a cup of traditional Vietnamese coffee especially coffee with eggs while watching a bit of people passing by

With a better understanding of Vietnamese gastronomy and unforgettable impression of Hanoi street food, return to the hotel

Overnight in Hanoi.

2

Hanoi – Nom & Long Thuong village – Hanoi

Hanoi to Nom & Long Thuong village (30km): 1hr

Today’s tour starts at 08:30 and ends at 13:30. A mere 45 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Long Thuong Village has been the home of a community of bronze casters since the 13th century. Explore their village and observe how different families create products suchs as tripod cauldrons, incense-burners and flower vases. Engage with the locals and learn about the history of their community through stories of the war.

Then, head on a 20-minute walk on a hardened road between rice paddies to visit the 200-year-old Nom Village. The centre of this little town reveals a beautiful architectural complex consisting of a common house, an ancient well and a banyan tree.

Explore the narrow brick roads and visit another antique house. Engage in a conversation with the host over a cup of traditional tea to learn more about local life and the traditions that define this community.

Conclude the trip with a visit to the holiest place in the village,  Nom Pagoda, embedded in a century-old pine forest which is famous for its ancient Buddhist statues.

Evening at leisure.

3

Hanoi biking

Hanoi biking tour on and off for photos and lunch (km): 5hrs

Today’s tour will begin at 08:00. Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind for this experience of cycling the Hanoi countryside. After a safety briefing and bike fitting, start pedaling through small back alleys of Bac Bien Village. Arrive at the banks of the Duong River and board a local ferry for a short crossing, enjoying the scenes as the boat glides across the water.

Back on the bikes, pedal parallel to the river then turn in to quaint villages. This presents the perfect opportunity to discover traditional local houses, ancient pagodas and temples, lively markets and gardens. Stop often for photos or simple to enjoy the atmosphere of authentic Vietnamese country life. Pop into a family’s house for a visit, learning about their daily life while sipping tea.

Following this insightful bike ride through Hanoi’s outskirts, pedal back in to town and return to the hotel for a chance to freshen up.

Responsible Travel: Travelling by bicycle is an eco-friendly, emissions-free way to sightsee.

FORM REQUIREMENTS:  Participants in any adventure travel will be required to complete and submit a signed terms and conditions agreement including the voluntary participation, assumption of risk, release from liability and hold harmless provisions.  Where minors are involved, parental or guardian permission may also be required.  Travel documentation will not be released unless these forms are complete and on file.

NOTE: This program may alter due to local conditions, the strength of the group and other unexpected circumstances. We will do our very best to adhere to the set itinerary, however we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that might occur. In all such circumstances, the biking guide or guide will have the final say.

Booking min 24 hrs in advance

Spend the rest of the day at leisure or continue to explore the fascinating city independently.

Evening at leisure.

4

Hanoi Departure

Your chosen hotel in Hanoi to Noi Bai Airport (35km): 60mins

Spend the day at leisure before the transfer to the airport for the next destination.

Important Information

Our services include:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • English or French speaking guide (for other languages supplements apply). For biking day, Exotissimo English speaking first aid qualified biking guide. (two guides for group bigger than 10)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Snacks (for biking day).
 
 
 

Our services do not include:

  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and domestic Flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips, Travel insurance
 
 
 

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