If you are a little worried about eating food in the old Quarter in Hanoi, this is an absolute must. With hundreds of food vendors in this area, it's difficult to know which are good to enjoy. Your guide will help you make the right choices.
What to Expect
The tour guide will welcome you at your hotel lobby, then start the walking tour in the old quarter '36 streets' to visit some famous and specialized food stalls and local restaurants. You will watch as it is made and taste some particular dishes (The company can customize vegetarian food or something for other special requirements).
The old quarter in Hanoi is over one thousand years old and today retains much of the old flavor that made the area special in earlier times. Each street was the exclusive domain of one trade (guilds) so there are whole streets of blacksmiths, silver shops, paper shops, headstone makers and more. Originally there were just 36 streets in the old quarter but today there are more than 50. Although many of the streets are short, and the area is rather compact.
It can be very difficult to find local food on your own in the hidden alleys or sidewalks, certainly the best way to experience street food is with a local. In this special tour learn about Vietnamese cuisine, culture, people and language.
You will have a unique experience trying the foods of the local Hanoi people; the food is handled hygienically and comfortable venues are provide for the tastings. The benefit also goes back to the vendors or restaurants / families as the food is bought directly from them.
Later, the guide will bring you to enjoy a Water Puppet show which is a unique variation on the ancient Asia puppet tradition, and is a Vietnamese tradition dating back to the 11th century. Supported by a large rod placed under the water and manipulated by experienced puppeteers, the wooden puppets appear to be dancing over the water, telling folk tales. It’s entertaining and suitable for all audiences.
At the end of your Hanoi tour you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist you with directions or a taxi back to your hotel.
- English -peaking guide,
- 1 bottle of water, coffee or beer
- Ticket for Water Puppet show
What's Not Included
- All other drinks
- Extra food portions
- Tips for local guide
Know Before You Go
• Duration: 4.5 hours
• Pick-up at your hotel in old quarter or at 24 au trieu Street (next to Cathedral)
• Departure Time: 8:00am, 9:00am, 11:00am, 15:00pm
• Drop off location: Water Pupet Theater by the side of Hoan Kiem Lake