Lonely Planet Experience: The True Essence of Hanoi

Long layovers are no fun, especially when there's a beautiful city out there ready to be discovered. If you are in Hanoi waiting for your next travel adventure and have some time to spare, why not spend it outside exploring the city?

From incredible sights like the West Lake and Tran Quoc Pagoda to the breathtaking Bach Ma Temple and with a delicious tasting included, your local host can create a personalized itinerary taking into consideration your preferences and time availability. Believe it, your local host knows exactly how to make just a few hours count!

Every Lonely Planet Experience also comes with six months' free access to Lonely Planet's Guides app, which includes over 8,000 destination guides, and unbeatable discounts in the Lonely Planet store.

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  • What's included :
    • Entrance tickets for the prison
    • Local guide
    What's excluded :
    • Food and beverages
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Dong Xuan Market, Dong Xuan and Hang Chieu Sts., Hanoi 10000 Vietnam

    Meet nearby and wander around one of the ancient trade markets in Vietnam and contemplate how local sellers show and sell their products

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Long Bien Bridge, Tran Nhat Duat Street, Hanoi Vietnam

    The bridge was built in 1899-1902 by the architects Daydé & Pillé of Paris, and opened in 1903

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Ta Hien Street, Hanoi Vietnam

    See the Old Quarters most famous street and what makes it so popular

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Hang Bac Temple, 102 Hang B_c, Hanoi Vietnam

    Head into the centres oldest temple with a famous statue

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Ancient House, 87 Ma May Street Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 100000 Vietnam

    Visit the house where Ho Chi Minh signed the declaration of independence

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Hoan Kiem Lake Walking Street, Around Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi 100000 Vietnam

    Go into Ngoc Son Temple otherwise known as ‘turtle temple’ - find out why!

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Hoa Lo Prison, 1 Hoa Lo St Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000 Vietnam

    Finish off the tour at the old French prison and gain an understanding of Hanois tragic past

    Duration: 20 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    15 Cầu Đông, Đồng Xuân, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
    Return Detail :
    Hoa Lo Prison Relic, 1 Hoả Lò, Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience is guided by local experts
    • This experiences is carbon neutral
    • Curated by Lonely Planet, powered by Withlocals
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Activity ID: V-24380P1123

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