The coffee was first imported to Hanoi by French during their first colonial exploitation here. With the formation of the French Quarter where the French immigrated, they brought their favorite drink, and Hanoi coffee began to take its first steps on the streets around Hoan Kiem Lake.
Following the French invasion at the 1800s, coffee was introduced in Vietnam, but the source of coffee back then was limited therefore it was considered as a luxury good, only the French colonists along with Nguyễn dynasty’s nobles could have the right to drink it.
Few years later, some “pure” Vietnamese coffee shops were opened in the neighborhood. The famous names such as: Giảng, Lâm coffee shops began to change their coffee making recipe in order to satisfy customers. They started to replace the French coffee roasting way by using avocado oil for roasting the coffee, which creates a creamy flavor as well as avoids being over cooked. Moreover, they also used the Arabica way mixed with Robusta or other nuts to make the flavor stronger.
Those coffee shops are always in mind of Hanoians as a coffee lover’s destination no matter how much their changes could be.
Why don’t we go around French Quarter and take a sip of coffee?
I.2 Hanoi coffee culture.
It can be said that the story about Hanoi coffee is an unique one. Its own features can make you feel the soul of Hanoi once you taste it.
Hanoi coffee culture has no rush in the way to enjoy as American’s.
Not diluted as the French style.
The taste is not as Italian flavor.
Compared to the millennial history of this city, Hanoi coffee is just an exotic cultural which has been there for nearly one century.
But with an essence of the city that always refines the identity of one’s own, Hanoi coffee has gradually been replacing the tea in the daily beverage culture, turning the street shops into an interesting corner in all kinds of coffee shops or restaurants.
So no matter wherever a Hanoian goes, what that man who grew up in the heart of Hanoi remembers the most is the street stalls, and coffee. The smell of coffee is the compass that leads us to the soul of Hanoi.
There was a saying to praise the most famous brands of coffee shops in the 70s-80s: “Nhân, Lâm, Năng, Giảng”
Giảng coffee nearly a century is still attractive by the unique egg coffee.
Nhân coffee, nowadays, has no ancient atmosphere but modern style but its flavor is still very good.
Năng coffee is at the small alley of Hang Bac street. Very small, just a set of tables and chairs, with coffee flavor characteristics and a space which can be one in million: the silver lime walls, the pretty stools faded in the dim light and stillness.
Lâm (Nguyễn Hữu Huân Street) is as quiet as Phố Phái paintings (the famous paintings of famous Hanoi by the well-known artist Bùi Xuân Phái. The place is like an unreachable sadness.
Old Quarter Coffee in Hàng Hành hides its self like a peaceful corner in the middle of a busy area. The shop is only for patrons, people who love quietness and nostalgic. In the quiet space with ancient houses, parallel sentences, garden, bamboo architecture, some bantam chickens (the smallest chicken) around the yard, the coffee shop makes people feel like time to stop.
The Hanoi coffee space has changed a lot. Street coffee shops with poetic, romantic and airy landscapes of natural lakes such as Trúc Bạch lake, West lake, Thiền Quang lake, Đắc Di lake,… or Rock coffee, Book coffee, Takeaway coffee,… are places that seem to be served for young people.
Coffee in luxury buildings such as
Lakeview sky lounge on the 18th floor of the Daewoo Hotel,
the 20-floor Summit Lounge on the Sofitel Plaza,
City view on the roof of the Shark Jaw Building
Is a meeting place for business people. Customers can enjoy both coffee and the city view here.
I.3. Egg coffee
Egg coffee – the creative beverage of Hanoians, has become famous around the world by the foreign guests after passing along the story about that drink. Someone said, only by drinking hot egg coffee in a simple glass cup once can make you hardly forget Hanoi.
The coffee maker must choose fresh raw eggs to not smell fishy. Coffee must also be a purest class of Vietnam, has a passionate aroma. Chicken eggs are chewed with yolks, hand-wiped or hand-woven until it smells like a bun and then poured with hot coffee in the middle of the cup. Eggs then floats on top of the cup.
The way to make egg coffee is not too complicated, but requires a sophistication and skilled hands . The recipe is nothing special but very few places can make this drink. The secret is to reduce the rate of eggs, coffee and milk so that the mouth is just right, harmony is not too sweet, not too bitter, dank in the smell of passion.
The eggy taste mixed with the aroma of Vietnamese coffee creates the flavor of coffee. You should drink as soon as it is still hot, otherwise it will be fishy and difficult to drink. Later on, some restaurants sprinkle over a cup of coffee with a little pinch of brown cocoa powder which make your hot cup both beautiful and have more attractive flavor. Alike any other traditional foods, when drinking, one must slowly stir the bubbly foam, put each spoon to the mouth to feel the creamy taste of egg spreading the rich flavor .
Egg Coffee is considered the heart of Hanoi coffee culture. The first egg coffee in Hanoi appeared in the early twentieth century, the creator of this unique egg coffee is Nguyen Van Giang. At the time, he had worked as a chef at the French five-star Sofitel Legend Metropole so that he was able to transform the familiar Capuccino of the West into egg white with more intimate ingredients.
I.4. Weasel Coffee
Weasel Coffee – the most expensive coffee in the world (or sometimes called Civet Coffee or Kopi Luwak) has the history from thousand years ago.
Back to time when French took the control of politics in Vietnam, farmers, who were the one making coffee, had no chance to enjoy their work. They were not allowed to taste even 1 drop of what they made.
The only way they can taste coffee was to pick up Weasel poops, which was a block of coffee beans sticking together. They then realized this type of “poop coffee” was way more aromatic than the usual one. With this new type of coffee beans, the coffee taste was smoother and less bitter, much better than what they had to serve for the French.
These farmers discovered that the coffee beans were perfectly protected, only the skin was digested. It is the enzyme from the Weasels stomach make the coffee beans unharmed and fermented.
Weasel coffee once roasted, becomes extremely aromatic with vanilla – smelling, created a smooth and sweet after – taste coffee while the contained caffeine yet lessen but still preserved, therefore the pleasant feelings that people often associate with their first cup of coffee in the morning are not affected.
II. Hanoi coffee shop
II.1. From the very first traditional coffee shop
As the very first place in Hanoi having egg coffee, Giảng Café was founded by Mr. Nguyễn Văn Giảng in 1946. Giảng Café is humbly hidden on a small lane on Nguyễn Hữu Huân Street in the city’s old quarter. It may be difficult to find for visitors, but it is well worth the effort. It continues to be hugely popular among Hanoi’s coffee addicts with its special Egg coffee.
(Address: No.39 Nguyễn Hữu Huân street)
Was born and stick with Hanoi since 1946, the brand was opened by 3 ranger soldiers (Thi – Nhân – Thế), then the Nguyễn Văn Thi – Trần Thị Thanh Kỳ family created the recipe and established this coffee brand.
The owner of the cafe has the secret of roasting, grinding their own coffee so that the coffee is always particularly delicious. Until now, each of his children opened their own coffee shop, so you will see a lot of coffee shops named Nhân. But most people still find the one in Hàng Hành street.
(Address: No.39D Hàng Hành street)
This one of Hanoi’s oldest café. Its proprietor, Mr. Lâm, provided coffee and often loans to the city’s impoverished artist community during the war. The place is nostalgic and packed with local people. It was an interesting experience to sit at the pavement and watching people passing by. Opposite to Giảng cafe.This place offer traditional Vietnamese coffee
(Address: No.60 Nguyễn Hữu Huân street)
As the oldest café in Hanoi, the Café has been selling coffee for over 50 years. This was a small address at No.6 Hàng Bạc street where artists of Hanoi gathered. The place is decorated with a folk style always crowded. Its customers are attracted by the taste of coffee. According to the owner, there is no secret in the way of making each cup of coffee but the heart of the seller.
(Address: No.6 Hàng Bạc street)
II.2. To the modern coffee shop branches.
With the growth of outgoing youth communities, many coffee shops have expanded to many branches in the city, covering many provinces in the country. To survive for a long time, these shops must still retain its own identity, not mixed up the cafe market that is already very saturated.
These following coffee shops are best suitable for people who are looking a space to work and to have meetings with friends.
Highlands Coffee is a Vietnamese coffee shop chain and producer and distributor of coffee products, established in Hanoi by Vietnamese American David Thai in 1998. The chain of coffee shops located in beautiful locations in the city which is convenient for having business meetings or small group discussions. Here they use the self-service at the counter.
Trung Nguyên coffee
Although the brand is said to have a lot of scandals surrounding the spokesperson, brand positioning, image identity, the Trung Nguyên chain is still one of the top choices for ones who love the “real coffee”.
If you are familiar with Trung Nguyên, you will find it very difficult to drink coffee at street stalls, you will immediately notice the difference in the taste of coffee mixed with many additives.
Cộng Caphe is a popular coffee chain that has taken Hanoi with its rustic, military chic decoration.
In the city, there are 18 outlets in most crowded locations.
Here, crowd avoiders can always find the hidden corner for themselves, or those who like noisy places can chat with friends on the balcony. It’s worth checking out at least one Cộng Ca phe branch.
The Coffee House
This coffee chain was first opened in Ho Chi Minh city and up to now, it has covered hot spots in this city. In 2015, The Coffee House appeared in Hanoi and quickly expanded its branches.
Their target customers are students, office workers who need quite space for studying, working and partner meetings.The main style of The Coffee House is the simplicity and maximum use of light in the balcony, windows, and the placement of many green spaces.
Aroi Dessert Café
Starting from a small café on the street that is also very modest in Hanoi – Nguyễn Thiệp, no one did expect that the coffee shop later grows that fast. Up to now, Aroi has 7 facilities in Hanoi. Not being invested so much but by catching the right opportunity when the wave of Thai snacks spilled into Vietnam, the chain has quickly gained its ranking.
III. Take a sip of Coffee while taking a tour in Hanoi
Completely different from take-away coffee, traditional coffee in Hanoi makes people live slower to taste the bitterness in the tip of tounge, but sweetness later.
Tasting a cup of Hanoi coffee is just like to live a life. Every one tries their best in work when they are young to get all the deserved achievements when they are mature.
Taking a Hanoi tour around city, you have a chance to pass by those traditional coffee shops. The smell of coffee beans flies in the air and lightly touch your nose.
You might can’t help falling in love with a beauty of Hanoi – traditional coffee.
Don’t hesitate to ask the guide for a stop at coffee shop to live slowly, and to share with each other your life and your experience.
Saint Joseph Cathedral Hanoi | Historical Information | Tourist Information
An Neo-Gothic Cathedral located in the heart of Hanoi Capital, Saint Joseph Cathedral is the representative evidence of the French colonial architecture.
Familiarly called by the local as “The Big Church”, Saint Joseph Cathedral is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi for more than 4 million Catholics in the country.
Another place that also represents the evidence of French colonies is Hỏa Lò Prison (also known as Maison Centrale). Click here to read more about Hỏa Lò Prison.
A. History of St. Joseph Cathedral Hanoi
A.1. The Construction:
The construction of Hanoi began in 1886, with the architectural style described as resembling the famous cathedral Notre Dame de Paris.
As an oldest church in Hanoi, St. Joseph was one of the first structure built by the French colonist during the expansion in its colonial empire Indochina.
St. Joseph was built on the site of Bao Thien Pagoda – a well-respected temple as the center of Buddhist practice in Lý-Trần dynasty demolished for the construction of the Church.
A.2. After the French colonial era:
After the retreat of French from North Vietnam in 1954, St. Joseph Cathedral is under the control the Vietnamese Nationalists and suffered decade of persecution, when priests were arrested, church property were seized and expropriated.
It was not until the Christmas Eve of 1990 that the mass was allowed to be celebrated there.
B. The Architecture of St. Jospeh Cathedral
64,5 meters in length, 20,5 meters in width, 31,5 meters in height.
The façade consists of two towers, square in shape with five bells.
The twin bell towers with the resemblance to Notre Dame de Paris.
The exterior walls made of granite stone slabs, yet is stained with pollution with the pass of time.
Gothic style, tall windows with pointed arches.
Stained glass windows were produced in France then imported to Vietnam.
Rib vaulted ceiling.
Weathered nave with shiny sanctuary made of trimmed wood
The statue of Virgin Mary kept in palanquin, to the left of the nave.
C. Tourist Information
C.1. Opening hour
For Outside visit: all time
For Inside visit: visitors can only enter the Cathedral in Hanoi in the opening time of ceremonial practice as the following schedule:
Visitors can easily find St. Joseph Cathedral Hanoi, located at 40 Nhà Chung street, as it lies in the connecting corner of Nhà Chung and Nhà Thờ street.
C.3. Entrance Fee/ Ticket Price
Public space and free
take 01 to Trieu Quoc Dat street stop
02 to Hai Ba Trung Street stop;
09, 14, 36 to Hoan Kiem Lake stop and
Then walk to the Cathedral
Motorcycle/ Bicycle: park vehicles near Hoan Kiem lake (the parking line is parallel to Cau Go Street) and walk to the Cathedral
Parking fee: 10.000 VND (0.4 USD)
D. What’s next after visiting St. Joseph Cathedral?
D.1. Where to go next?
As a benefit of location in the center of Hanoi, visitors are provided of a variety of choice for the next destinations. Visitors can consider these following:
Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple:
Hoan Kiem Lake, the lake of Returned Swords, as the most representative site pertaining the value of Hanoi with famous historical legend.
Ngoc Son Temple as the symbol of educational tradition of the Vietnamese
Hoa Lo Prison: also known as Maison Centrale, a representative testimony of the period of Vietnamese revolutionary struggle against the French colonists
Address: 1 Hoa Lo Street
Vietnam Museum of Woman: preserve and display various tangible and intangible historical and cultural heritage of Vietnamese women through the long-standing pathway of the history
Address: 36 Ly Thuong Kiet Street
D.2. Where to eat next?
Bánh gối and deep-fried cuisine: 52 Ly Quoc Su Street
Pork Porridge: Ngõ Huyện Street
E. Free Tour with Hanoi Free Local Tour
Visitors are highly recommended to book a free tour with Vietnamese locals when visiting St. Joseph Cathedral to understand more about its presence in the local’s social life and further fully explore Hanoi with other nearby attractions.
Free tour is organized by Hanoi Free Local Tour with tour guides are groups of young passionate and energetic students who seek to guide the foreigners as a way to practice and improve their English skills but are trained to have full knowledge about attractions in Hanoi and tour guide skill.
Booking a tour is easy as visitors only have to go to websites and place a tour’s order. Visitors will receive a confirmation from tour director and they will be picked at their hotel or arranged meeting place at time as appointed.
Below are several Tripadvisor review about Hanoikids. We also wrote detailed article about Hanoikids Tour
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“ Best free tour guides, best tour ever! Hanoikids Tour”
5 stars for every aspect of this tour!
After experiencing a half day free tour with hanoikids, I see why they are top 1 thing to do on tripadvisor. Chi and Duc were amazing tour guides, they were so knowledgeable about Hanoi sights and Vietnamese culture and history, we were so impressed! They catered the tour to our interests (history and culture) and as a result, we toured the Temple of Literature and Maison Centrale on a half day tour. They really made history come alive and were great at answering all of our questions. I would 100% recommend this tour to anyone coming to Hanoi!
Hanoikids tripavisor review December 2016
“Amazing City tour with Hanoikids on tripadvisor!”
We enjoyed our full day tour with HIen and Oanh. We spent a half day seeing temples and musuem, and a half day for street food walking tour in the Old Quater. And we had great experience. The 2 guides were so helpful and informative. Their English was perfect. We loved Banh mi and bun cha. The egg coffe was very worth trying.
Visited November 2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
We were lucky to book a half day tour with Hanoi kids on Triapdvisor ! The whole experience was seamless. They met us at the hotel. We chatted about what we could see that morning. After we had decided on the Museum of Ethnology they called for a taxi so we could maximize our morning experience. Our two guides, Ali and Phuong spoke English very well. They were knowledgable about the history of the country and different cultures. They were such personable lovely companions. We chatted effortlessly about many topics all morning. We were pleased they had time to join us for lunch. We enjoyed Bun Cha at one of the most popular restaurants that we would never had found on our own. All in all it was a unique opportunity to learn about local life and history. This is a voluntary organization that is offering a truly amazing free tour service. It books up quickly so it’s best to arrange as soon as you know you will be in Hanoi. They have many different tour suggestions and will customize to your time and interests. The online booking was easy through their website, or hanoikids tour tripadisor booking. I emailed our request and received a reply that same day.
Thank you Hanoi kids, thank you triapdvisor for showing me Hanoikids tour. You provide a truly unique professional experience.
Visited November 2016
“great experience with Hanoikids tour”
Reviewed on tripadvisor 4 weeks ago
We had a tour with Joy today. We visited Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh complex. Joy was fantastic – great command of English, very knowledgable and great company. We learned a lot. We were taken aback that she provided this service to improve her English and wouldn’t accept payment. Many thanks to Hanoikids for making this possible
Hanoikids Triadvisor November 2016
“Wonderful morning with Hanoikids travel mates ”
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves with our Hanoikids “travel mates” today! Lan & Ollie met us as planned at our hotel, and we jumped in a taxi heading for the French Quarter as we had requested when we booked online. Lan asked where else we had been in Hanoi (basically nowhere), so when she suggested that we visit the Temple of Literature first, we followed her lead & are very glad. As a professor, my husband really appreciated the emphasis on learning in Vietnam, dating back to 1070. As we strolled thru the different buildings in the complex, our Hanoikids hosts made history come alive…a terrific experience! We so enjoyed the French colonial architecture in St. Joseph’s Cathedral and Hanoi Opera House as well as the ritzy Metropole Hotel, along with a running commentary regarding what we were seeing.
We ate lunch at Net Hue cuz it’s Ollie’s favorite and again, we’re sure glad we did. We greatly appreciated the air conditioning after a morning of walking through the French and Old Quarter, and that he ordered for us (nice selection of 2 different fresh spring rolls, a fried spring roll and a dumpling which we all shared.). We especially liked the Nem Lui (fresh spring rolls with grilled ground pork on a stalk of lemongrass). You assemble your spring roll with the provided ingredients: rice paper, vermicelli noodles, shredded carrots & bean sprouts, sliced cucumber & pineapple, various greens & herbs, with lemongrass/pork on top… Roll it, pull out the stalk leaving pork inside, dip in supplied sauces…Yummy and fun…thx to their instructions.
The Hanoikids on tripadvisor concept is fantastic, and was a good learning experience for all 4 of us (please note ALL of us making the Hawaiian “Shaka” sign in the photo!). We will book hanoikids tour on tripadvisor again when we return next year.
“Half day tour with Huyen of Hanoikids highly recommended”
We spent a very warm morning with Huyen from Hanoikids tours on tripadvisor, a free tour booked directly through their website leading by hanoikids tour on tripadvisor before we left home. All we had to pay for was the taxi and entrance fees. It was completely our choice as to how we structured the tour and we decided to visit the temple of literature. Huyen was able to meet us at our hotel or at a meeting point near Hoan Kiem Lake. The tour was brilliant, informing us of many cultural aspects of the Vietnamese both historically and in current times, in a friendly and easy to understand manner. We would recommend this tour service to anyone.
“It’s like friends taking you around Hanoi!”
Reviewed 29 September 2016
Booked 2 tours with HanoiKids, a half-day upon our arrival in Hanoi and then a full-day tour the next day.
The main objective of HanoiKids is to enable the “kids” (usually university students) to practice their conversational English while taking foreigners around Hanoi. You are at liberty to choose your own itinerary or take their recommendations or mix them.
We highly recommend engaging the HanoiKids as you get to meet the future leaders of Vietnam, engage them in conversation and understand their passion for their city. It’s a pity we don’t have this concept anywhere else, even in Ho Chi Minh City.
A special thanks to Mai (nickname) who took care of us on the first day, taught us how to cross Hanoi streets, introduced us to Bun Cha and told us where to buy Vietnamese coffee.
Another big thanks to S (nickname) who showed us how passionate she is about her country and towards children, took us around by taxi, shared a meal at a KOTO training restaurant (for disadvantaged children) with us and then took us to a local iced fruit yogurt stall to chill.
We learnt a lot about Vietnam in general and Hanoi in particular and look forward to keeping in touch with them.
Sure, you don’t get professional tour guide (with their corny jokes) 5-star service and move around in air-conditioned transport but you get real Hanoi youths sharing their passion with you. We saw a side of Hanoi that the professional tour agencies will not take us to unless you pay through your nose to get a personal guide to take you around.
For my wife and I, we will choose this way 10 times out of 10 times.
Please do book early to avoid disappointment.
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Visited September 2016
Hanoikids Triadvisor October 2016
“Expected and Unexpected Lovely Experience.”
We just completed the tour today with Huy from HanoiKids tripadvisor. We want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH! It was such a positive experience. Huy was so friendly and we were very relaxed during the tour like friends hanging out. He made us feel very comfortable and he was very knowledgeable. He took his time to explain many historical values and helped us to understand life in HaNoi. The free tour is very flexible and you can do as much or as little as you want. We were not stuck to a rigid schedule. We had a very good time and so full from all the great foods we tried together. We made a new friend here from HaNoi and we thank you so much! Highly recommend Huy and HaNoikids tour compare to massive bus tour groups if you are ever in HaNoi.
Hanoikids reviewed Triapvisor , September 2016
“Fascinating walking tour of Hanoi”
We spent a fascinating and relaxed morning exploring the streets of the Old Quarter and the French Quarter of Hanoi with our friendly guides, Huy and Linh. Not only were they very accommodating to our interests but knowledgeable about the history and culture as well as recommending certain specialty food items and introducing us to some delicious coconut and rice flake ice-cream. Cannot speak highly enough of our experience and of this tour company run by a volunteer organisation. What a fantastic concept and one I am glad to support.
Visited August 2016
“The best way to explore Hanoi”
Reviewed 16 August 2016
We booked two half day trips with Hanoi Kids and were very impressed by the value and service.
On our first day we explored Temple of Literature and Hoa La Prison with Linh (Pea Pea) and Moon. Both girls were knowledgeable and friendly. They even took us to a great coffee shop called Cong Caphe afterwards and used their own vouchers to save us money on the drinks which I thought was very selfless and kind.
On our second day we went to Ho Chih Minh Complex and Museum of Ethnology with Phoenix and Hye (unsure of spelling of this name). Both were also great guides. We left a camera in a taxi and they managed to get it back to us straight away.
The best thing about using these guides is that they give you a genuine insight into everyday life in Hanoi. You learn a lot more and provide a seamless service without even asking for a profit. They are also very genuinely interested in learning from the tourists and took time to ask us questions about life in England, and seemed to learn from us too which is great. They are truly an asset to the brand and Hanoi more generally!
Highly recommended. Make sure you book well in advance. Not a bad idea to split into 2 half days as you still get a lot done.
Tripadvisor Reviewed July 30, 2016
We traveled with young teens and want our boys to interact with local students and choose this tour. And this must be a wonderful experience with them. Our free guide was excellent. She had good knowledge of Hanoi, wonderful English skills. She kept talking about Hanoi and Vietnam history, introducing us best streets food of Hanoi and recommend restaurant, must-see sites basing on our interests. We will recommend this to any to Hanoi!
Visited July 2016
“Free and a Good Way to See City Attractions”
Tripadvisor Reviewed July 18, 2016
I found out about these tours two weeks before I went to Hanoi. Wish I would have found out about them earlier as I was only able to get a half-day tour due to solid bookings. It’s free and a local college student guided me through the Old Quarter visiting an old Vietnamese home, stopping off at the market and a place called Cong for refreshments. It was a great experience for both of us.
My suggestion is to contact them early in your travel planning as they are a very popular free tour that books quickly. All they ask is that you pay their admission fees, buy them coffee, lunch, or dinner and any other small incidentals you might incur on your tour.
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Hanoikids tour have been recommended by many travelers visiting Hanoi city, especially have rated 5-star on tripadvisor for many years.
Hanoikids has beeen the top 1 thing to do in Hanoi on tripadvisor . Have you heard about Hanoikids Tour and would love to travel to Vietnam, the tour that has been one of the top thing to do on tripadvisor for more than 3 years If you want to visit Hanoi, meeting the local university free tour guides, booking a hanoikids tour is best way to truly understand Vietnam on the eyes of locals.
All about Hanoikids Tour
There are several situations that you can book a free tours with Hanoikids in hanoi
If you are one of those, try to read carefully before doing the hanoikids tour booking.
Family hanoikids tour booking
hanoikids tour booking email is often be full with the tourist with the whole family, this is very common to travel with your kids to a new city like Hanoi, and choosing a hanoikids tour is a good option for your family. If you have kids, it would be better to inform before the tour to customize the activities interesting Kids.
Solo Travelers hanoikids tour booking
If you are a solo traveller visiting Vietnam and would like to book a Hanoikids tour you will be guided by one university student from Hanoikids. To minimize the cost of travel for backpackers, asking for joining a group to will be a good idea of saving money. Because you need to pay for the tickets and transportation.
Group of Friends hanoikids tour booking
There could be more than one kids guiding you around Hanoi to make sure all of you have chance of having conversations with locals.
Having a private car (van) also a good idea to avoid taxi scams and visit as many places as possible ( Time is limited).
Hanoikids Tour Package
Hanoi kids provide several types of tours that interest you. note that, your tour can be customized to meet your interest.
The tours provided by Hanoikids cover:
Hanoi the old quarter, Sword Lake area, French Quarter, Hoa Lo prison, Ho Chi Minh Complex, Temple of Literature, West lake area, Bat Trang pottery village.
For half day of Hanoikids tour you can book
Option 1: Old Quarter and French Quarter
Option 2: word Lake area, French Quarter, Hoa Lo prison
Option 3: Bat Trang pottery village
Option 4: Ho Chi Minh complex, Temple of Literature and West lake area
Duration: 3 hours for half day tours, 4-5 hours for full-day tours which cover 2 option above.
Pick up: at your hotel
You will pay for all the expenses during the tours like taxi, food and drinks.
The places can be flexible depending on your time and preference.
Almost all site attractions are closed in the evening, therefore the evening tours are often taken place in the Old Quarter.
The Temple of Literature is one of the first visit during the tour with Hanoi kids, which is the oldest university in hanoi, and Vietnam as well, where the royal exams were held to choose the talents for helping the country. Originally, temple of literature dedicated to Confucius, this complex was built in 1070. Nowadays, no longer is it is considered as a university and became one of the most popular tourist destination for visitors travelling to Hanoi.
Note: Visitors are required to wear shirts with sleeves and pants under knees.
Hoa Lo Prison – Hanoikids Tour
The political prison built by French to arrest vietnamese prisioners during the wars is an area that you should include in the tour with Hanoi kids members. The prison was then taken over by Vietnamese government and used to arrest pilots, including John Mccain. during the wars with the US
Great experience with Hanoikids
Spent an interesting and informative morning with Joy and Hang from Hanoikids tour, we visited the mausoleum and temple of literature the knowledge both girls had was amazing which made our visit much more interesting than if we would of gone alone. Joy and Hang were a pleasure to spend time with and a tour with Hanoikids is a must for anyone visiting Hanoi
Thank Triapdvisor for letting me know Hanoikids.
We booked a full day tour with Hanoi kids in advance. On our first day Yun picked us up in our hotel earlier than our meeting time and she was very kind to wait for us while we still have breakfast. She’s very lovely, polite and knowledgeable. She brought us to the Ho Chin Minh Complex and Temple of Literature which I don’t think I would enjoy without her interesting stories and facts. She also brought us to St. Joseph’s cathedral, around Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and we had lunch at local Vietamese restaurant to try Bun Cha. If we weren’t too tired from our midnight flight we could still visit a lot of places and I felt really bad when we had to part ways. This free city to tour is a must when in Hanoi!
Gifts for Hanoikids after tours.
Tipping in Vietnam is not how things are done. So the same goes for Hanoikids Tour
Give Kids Quality chocolate, cologne or perfume, Small currency from your country such as coins if available.
Here is my afternoon today with 2 young sisters who booked a hanoikids tour in the last minute through Triapdvisor
I got their hotel 15 minutes earlier as normal, waiting for them in the lobby.
Simply, I asked them where they had been to and where they would like to visit. A quick discussion was done to know that their needs were visiting as many places as possible because they had only one day in Hanoi. Then, I took them to HCM complex, one pillar pagoda which were mention in the hanoikids’ tour booking email for a short while before truly being a informative guide at temple of literature where there were many university students having their graduation pics taken. After that taking a taxi to Hoan Kiem lake is a good way to save time for a cup of egg coffee at Giang Cafe, they loved it! 🙂
once again, it was very interesting to visit Dong Xuan Market, Long Bien Bridge to see how locals delivery food, vegetable.
– Time: 2:00Pm-4:45Pm
– Destinations: HCMC, temple of literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, Egg coffee, Dong Xuan Market, Long Bien Bridge,O Quan Truong
Report 2. 10/2016.
“Today I met an awesome couple from the US, (the contry with a lot of tour booking with hanoikids.)
They told me a lot of stories that I had not heard about before from how they met each other to how they have been together organizing a non-profit healthcare company in Myanmar.
Visiting almost all the tourist destinations, 3 coffee stores, several local places helped the tourists get to know more about the beauty of our country.
they also told me that they would definitely recommend hanoikids tour to their friends if they visit hanoi, so I made friends with them on facebook and sent them our tour booking from on our hanoikids official website.
One the way to the hotel, the tourists gave the 30 US dollars and told me that their day with me was much more worth than a private food tour they had taken yesterday.! Nice! J
the thing has made my day is that I got 10 dollars for our organization.
not a lot, but hope that 10 dollars would help us have a better room for the mewbie first meeting, better training program!!!
Try up! “
Hanoikids Tour report 3
Tourist: Emily, Chris, Sam and Emily’s teacher (Singapore)
Guide: Đào và Thanh Thanh
Places: Vietnam national museum of history, HCM complex and Cộng cà phê.
Just by accident, Thanh and i supported each other again and this tour was AWESOME and became one of my memorable tours. We guided 4 tourists from Sing. Three of them are in their middle 30s and their teacher is even older but they are not only nice, polite but also CUTE, open and funny. We laughed almost of the tour due to their cuteness and humors.
Thanh is cool tour guide, she provided us a lot of information about our president. They were very useful and interesting. She is worthy of the being- member of Vietnamese communist party.
During the tour, we learned a lot from them. Each meal, they always shared their drinks and food. The way they took care together and showed their affection. I specially admire the friendship between Emily and Chris.
The reason made this tour special than others was i found my lost sister from Singapore. Thank to Thanh, Emily and I found each other. We are on the same team because we have a lot of things in common.
This tour was so meaningful and made our days. We are very happy and lucky to be your members.
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