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Gems of Hanoi walking tour

Prices starting from: US $40

This leisurely Hanoi hidden gems walking tour will take you to the best undiscovered parts of Hanoi in one day!

Get off the well-trodden tourist track and unearth Hanoi’s secret treasures and best kept secrets. The below itinerary will take you to some of Hanoi’s most interesting sites. Whilst this walking tour includes some of the better-known places of interest such as the Long Bien Bridge, the Botanic Gardens, B52 Lake and the Buoi market – as well as the Hanoi Citadel – you will also get the chance to see the fascinating lesser visited backstreets of the old town (Old Quarter) and the train tracks. Take this tour at your own pace with your guide and drink in the atmosphere whilst experiencing all Hanoi has to offer.

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Gems of Hanoi walking tour

Price: US $40
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  • Discovering Old Town Market and backstreets of Hanoi
  • Walking along historic Long Bien Bridge
  • Strolling around Hanoi Botanical Gardens
  • Seeing famous landmark of  Huu Tiep (B52 Lake)
  • Exploring rich history of Hanoi Citadel

To start, you will head west of the city with your guide to experience the colorful sights, sounds and smells of a local market early in the morning. Your senses will awaken to the comings and goings of locals as they sell their wares – anything from greenery and animals to arts and crafts such as handmade furniture and pottery.

From here, you will be in prime position to wander aimlessly through the interesting backstreets of Bah Dinh that bring you to the Huu Tiep Lake. Known also as the B52 Lake due to the crash site of a Vietnam War B52, it is a stark reminder of the history of Hanoi and the experiences of the local residents during the war.

Next, consult your map and head over to the Botanic Gardens, about a 10 minute walk away. The park is known as a haven and place to seek respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Containing several rare trees, the park is a favorite place for birds and people alike as they seek shade from the heat of the day.

Now it’s time to check out the Northern Gate Church. Now a world heritage site, this beautiful church was targeted by the French and almost completely destroyed. It’s a great place to learn more about the history of French influence and catholic religion on Hanoi. Once you’ve checked out the Citadel, spend some time drinking in the beautiful colonial architecture in the area. The avenues lined with trees make for some excellent atmospheric photographs.

All that walking will be working up an appetite so it must be time to grab a bite to eat. Decide between a sit down meal or perhaps grab a take out and do some people watching whilst you eat. Once full, it’s time to take a stroll on the Long Bien Bridge. This iconic structure straddling the Red River was designed by Gustave Eiffel and as such echoes the Eiffel tower. Once you are done, head back through the Old Quarter to your hotel, on the way keep drinking in the sights and sounds of local life in Hanoi.

Added Extra if Required

If you want even more exposure to local life, why not add an additional walking tour to see those living along the train tracks.



  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Transfer by taxi
  • Authentic lunch with Vietnamese local food
  • A water bottle per person
  • Entrance fee


  • Tipping
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance



We pride ourselves in creating personalised travel experiences that suit all your preferences and needs.

With this tour you can:

  • Choose your own departure date
  • Select the comfort level of accommodation
  • Adjust activities to cater to special interests
  • Modify any aspect of the tour as needed