Updated: 20 Aug 2021

Ha Noi is Vietnam’s capital city. Located by the banks of the Red River and in Northern Vietnam, Hanoi is the second-largest in the country by population apart from Ho Chi Minh. Ha Noi is an old city. Hanoi is the connecting city to interesting sites in North Vietnam such as Halong Bay, Sapa, Ninh Binh, Hai Phong, etc.  It is also one of the most famous tourist attractions in Vietnam. Hanoi is on a great location facilitating to become an important economic, political, cultural, social, and scientific centre of Vietnam country.  If you dont have much time, spend half day ( 3-5 hours) around Hanoi is ok. I suggest you to choose one of the following activities for Hanoi Half Day Tours.

  1. Hanoi Street Food Tour ( 3 hours).      

Why we choose food tour? You can spend a little time watch Trevor James, The Food Ranger: " Many delicious, mouthwatering street food places around Hanoi."


These experiences are best for food tours in Hanoi. On your tour you'll experience authentic Vietnam cuisine most visitors never have a chance to taste. Explore Hanoi's Old Quarter on foot with a foodie guide who introduces you to local cuisine. This street food tour takes you off the beaten path to food heaven. Discover Hanoi cuisine culture tour. Amazing Hanoi food tour, genuine Hanoi food tasting, meeting locals, the markets outing. 

You can join small group tours for lunch time or dinner time. If you like know more, details about food culture, slowly and lazily experience the local foods at every corners of Hanoi, you should take a private tour. Choose a private tour with a private local tour. He will show you around.  You can book directly our local guides or choose from the list below:

My tips:  You should book the night tour. Start from 18.00 and then finish at 21.00. You can enjou Hanoi amazing night at beer corner: Ta Hien Street.

Day time tour: Hot in summer.

Night tour: Comfortable weather, more food to enjoy.

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2. Free Hanoi Walking Tours: 

Get your Free Walking Tour in Hanoi and discover its culture, incredible sites, stories & legends with entertaining and passionate local guides.  There are  several different tours, including one through the key war sites, one of the French Quarter, and a food tour...It is a great way to explore Hanoi and discover the food, history, and culture in way that guidebooks can't provide.

You should book with Hanoi Kids ( Top activities on Tripadvisor) or Hanoi Free Walking Tours.  They are almost stuldents with english passion, they want to learn english. If you want to know more about Vietnamese locals, choose these. But please email and confirm them some days before.  They will show around Hanoi Old Quarter, French Quarter, or even any places you want, just let them know. You dont need to pay them anything, it is totally free. Just pay them transfer or food, entrance ticket...


3. Hanoi Morning Half Day Tours.

Because of the covid pandemic, there are many tours have not operates. There are only private tours on these tours, you can choose

  • Hanoi Biking Tour from 08.00 to 12.00. It is a crazy thing to do but our local guide will instruct you slowly how to do.
  • Hanoi Motorbile Tour from 08.00-12.00. There will be a local driver for you if you can not drive.

What we can do in morning? 

Explore the famous flower market where countless different kinds of flowers are being sold in bulk to the flower shop.

Visit Long Bien bridge where underneath is one of the biggest and busiest fruit markets in the country.

Make the way to Hoan Kiem Lake to witness local life and take the opportunity to snap some best photos of your trip.

Finish the tour with a Hanoi breakfast of Pho Bo with a cup of coffee and travel back with the convenient transfer service.

  • Hanoi City Discovery from 08.00-12.00. Simply go with our private car and local guide, luxury actitives, save time and visit more.

A half day in Hanoi brings you a chance to visit some famous place in Hanoi capital:

Ho Chi Minh complex comprising his Mausoleum, former residence, the impressive house on stilts and view the One Pillar Pagoda. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is situated right in front of Ba Dinh square, the historic place where Uncle Ho read the Vietnam Manifesto on September 2nd, 1945. The One Pillar Pagoda, formally Diên Hựu Tự is a historic Buddhist temple. It is regarded alongside the Perfume Pagoda, as one of Vietnam’s two most iconic temples.

Tran Quoc Pagoda: is considered as one of the Vietnam’s most ancient pagoda.

Temple of Literature, known as the Vietnam’s first university since the 11th The university functioned for more than 700 years, from 1076 to 1779. During that time 2,313 doctors graduated.

Note: Hochiminh Mausoleum is closed on Monday, Friday and all afternoons and from June to September

4. Hanoi Afternoon Half Day Tours.

It is same as Morning Tour, but we combine the city discovery + enjoy the local food at night. Here is a sample for you

Afternoon City Tour Hanoi & Local Food Itinerary

- 2:00PM: Pick up our clients at hotels/ hostels/ guesthouses

- 2:15PM - 8:00PM: On this tour, our guides will take you to the following locations:

- Vietnam Temple of Literature: this is the first university in Vietnam and also a Confucian temple

- Women Museum: this location honors the important role Vietnamese women have played throughout Vietnamese history up to modern day

- Long Bien Bridge: this bridge is the first steel bridge to cross the Red River, connecting two districts in Hanoi. 

- Hoa Lo Prison: built during the French colonial rule, this has become a historic symbol of the Vietnam War

- Enjoying Hanoi Local food at night:  Crab noodles, spring rolls, Vietnamese BBQ

If you want to skip or replace any places above with new ones, you can tailor as your request . Base on the real condition in Hanoi and our experience as we are locals, we will help you have the best tour and fit your interest. 

You can see this video for short images of Hanoi Half Day Tours.


To take the best half day tours in Hanoi, you can take the following suggestions 

  • Getyourguide:  Find top-rated tours and activities in your destination. Use your mobile device to conveniently download, store, and access your activity tickets 

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