Hanoi Free Local Tours – TOUR REPORT

Hanoi Free Local Tours – TOUR REPORT

This is my first free city tour in my life with a family from UK and an experienced guide  (Hanoi-Free-Local-Tour member).

  • Tourist: Rob (husband) + Chima (wife) from England
  • Free Hanoi Tour Guides: Đào + Ngọc
  • Time: 8.30 pm – 4p.m (30 Jul, 2016)
  • Destinations: Temple of Literature, Imperial Academy, Trang Tien ice cream, Bun cha, Sword Lake, Coffee Egg

This is my first time being a free local tour guide in life, but actually today I was not 100% a guide. It was more about observing how a tour works. Initially, we planned to go to Temple of Literature (Ms. Đào would take care of it) firstly, then visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (I would take care) then. However, this plan did work as we expected because we had not enough time for both 2 places in several hours in the morning. If I had done better preparation, I would have anticipated this, :((( So in this morning, Đào handled nearly everything by herself about Temple of Literature and some other places involved. Although I was just an observer and a supporter today, I was still happy and got tons of useful experience.

3 Days in hanoi -Ho-Chi-Minh-Mausoleum-Hanoi-Free-Local-Tours

3 Days in hanoi -Ho-Chi-Minh-Mausoleum-Hanoi-Free-Local-Tours

I would like to say more about the tourists that our Free Local Tours club provided us today. They were very nice. I felt that I was a lucky person who had the opportunity to accompany them for my first tour. They spoke to us with the manner of real British. Actually, they are not native Briton. They had lived in South Africa for long while before moving to England few years ago, So that’s why Rob has a strange accent, kind of a British one mixed with something else. Luckily, we were easily and quickly accustomed to their accents.

Hanoi Free Local Tours TOUR REPORT

Hanoi Free Local Tours TOUR REPORT

They seemed to be delighted and eager to know the historical information, Vietnamese cultures as well. Sometimes one of the couple was distracted by their children. Yet they still tried as much as possible to focus on what Ms. Dao was saying.

Once again, I would love to emphasize how nice they are (sorry ^ ^). Rob always readily paid all money for all the expenses during the tour like, lunch, ice-cream time, taxi and entrance). Plus, he did not forget offering us bottles of water and recommending buying ice-cream for us.

Lastly, at the time of farewell, he gave each of us a can of English tea as a gift.

As for Đào, my partner today, as a tour guide, she did well. She speaks very good English. For chatting time, the tourists were really interested in her own stories about her family. Occasionally, she felt worried a little bit and asked me whether I felt her performance boring or not, and I gotta say “nooo, u are doing well, keep doing”

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5 reasons why I am satisfied with my very first trip:

– Undoubtedly, the tourists are super nice, they also shared a lot about them, E.g.: their first date, their efforts to be a couple even though they were not allowed to do so by their families.

– Chima, Rob’s wife, has knowledge about psychology which I have accidentally been interested recently

– This is the first time I encountered a serious robbery in Sword Lake area

– My enthusiastic partner

– The cute gift

Written by Do Bich Hong Ngoc

Thank Hanoi Free Local Tours for giving me this chance. 
Do Bich Hong Ngoc

Hanoi weather and  When to go?

Hanoi weather and When to go?

Hanoi weather and  When to go?

Ranked #4 in Trip Advisor’s list of the World’s Best Destinations, Hanoi is famous for not only its picturesque views, interesting traditions but also its climate. Hanoi weather is typical climate of northern Vietnam, which is usually known as warm, humid. The average rainfall of Hanoi stays at 1.680 mms while the average temperature is 23.6oC. The highest temperature have recorded is 42.8 (recorded in May 1926) and the lowest is 2.7oC (Jan 1955).
Hanoi has four distinct seasons, which are favorable for tourists all around the world.

Summer here takes place in May to August with July as the hottest month of the season. You can feel the heat of this season right at the beginning of it. The average temperature is around 32*C. The humidity ranges from 62% to 97%, which may even make it hotter in the feel. Summer is also the season of rain in Hanoi. It rains like cats and dogs and the weather changes suddenly. In the morning, you may get sweat and irritated by the heat and humidity. And then, you will be blown away by strong winds from a thunderstorm. The rainfall amount in summer is usually high. Together with the rather bad infrastructure here, Hanoi gets flooded and it’s hard to move around the city with that situation. In general, I don’t recommend travelling to Hanoi in Summer.

Hanoi weather and  When to go?

Hanoi weather and When to go?

 

Fall begins at mid-September to the end of October. It is usually considered as the most romantic and pleasant season of the year in Hanoi. With the average temperature of 26oC, visitors may feel relaxed and cool by the soft winds blown throughout the city. At some points of Autumn, you may see some heavy rainfalls which are called “Mưa ngâu” in Vietnamese. This kind of rain is not so heavy but lasts long, for a half to a whole day. In this season, you can experience blue clear sky, gentle winds and soft sunlight of Hanoi.

Hanoi weather and  When to go?

Hanoi weather and When to go?

 

Winter starts when the winds blow stronger and the atmosphere becomes drier  usually from November to January). When you open the hotel room’s windows, the strong cold winds hit you immediately. The average temperature for this season is roughly 19oC, sometimes the temperature may drop down to 5oC. You can barely see rain in Hanoi’s winter because the humidity is quite low. Remember to bring yourself a moisturizer to prevent your skin from being dried out and warm clothes in order not to catch a cold.

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 Spring is the season of festivals all over Vietnam. Spring in Hanoi lasts from February to the end of April with a wet, humid feeling and lots of light rain. The average rainfall of this season is about 60 mm. You can meet Hanoi’s spring rain a lot while travelling. But don’t worry, they will just last for about 30 minutes to 1 hour. The temperature in Hanoi Spring is from 17 to 24 (*C) which is very favorable for tourists to experience Tet holiday and festivals here.

Hanoi weather and  When to go?

Hanoi weather and When to go?

So, which season is the most recommended for tourists?

In my opinion, it’s Spring. You can experience a lot of festivals in this season such as: Dong Da Hill festival, Giong Temple Festival, Co Loa festival… especially Tet holiday.

Hanoi weather and  When to go?

Hanoi weather and When to go?

With the cool weather and occasional light rain, tourist can never feel sick or get any cold of this weather. Moreover, with those who don’t want to be stuck in heavy traffic, Spring is the best idea for them. Why? Because it has a big holiday, which residents of Hanoi would like to go back to their hometown to visit their parents and relatives. In this season, visitors can also try several traditional foods such as: Sticky square rice cake, salted vegetable, etc. Generally, if you travel to Hanoi from Feb to Apr, you can experience lots of exciting things.

Minh Ngoc

How hot does it really gets in Ha Noi?

How hot does it really gets in Ha Noi?

How hot does it really gets in Ha Noi?

Climate change is increasing extreme heat globally, which effects gradually the weather in Ha Noi. It is getting hotter in Hanoi city and this situation signs to incessantly rises in the future. According to some researches, the temperature in Hanoi recently has reached to 38-39 degrees, especially in 2015 when it peaked at 40 degrees. Therefore, there is a funny experience when people in the city bring out some food in a pan under directly the sunlight to observe how it is heated. Besides, the moisture is very low, which means that it has no rain in the city for a long time. Moreover, this situation will last for a long time, about 4 or 5 months annually, which brings a lot of disadvantages.

Citizens have to suffer from the hot temperature

First of all, the hot weather can cause bad effects on the health of old people and kids, who have weak immune system. They can suffer from body temperature disorder or even faint. Additionally, the temperature increases, which enhances the demand of electricity use considerably, then leads to the shortage of power for the city. Obviously, one of the main reason leading to this situation is climate change. According to EPA, the Greenhouse effect causes the atmosphere to retain the heat, which acts like a blanket making the Earth become warmer than it would otherwise be. Besides, another reason is the concrete effect, which also remains the temperature when there is more building and less trees in the city, the building absorbs the heat from the environment.

In conclusion, people should find out a solution to protect themselves from the heat or sickness. It can be avoiding direct sunlight, drinking water and fruit… However, from a panorama view, we need to find out absolute solutions such as decreasing the greenhouse effect and encouraging of growing a large amount of tree in the city.

 Thuy Ha

 

Training Activities

Training Activities

When I was knee high to a grasshopper, I always dreamt about going to a new horizon to explore the fancy world with novel and exotic things. Nevertheless, what I failed to realize is that my own hometown, Hanoi, is also full of charm I have not yet acknowledged.

It was such an unforgettable day today because it was my first training trip with Hanoi Free Local Tours, which gave me a sudden urge to look at Hanoi from a different perspective, from the angle of a tour guide and from the view of the host want to welcome her guests with hospitality. The familiar scenes seemed to go strange a little. Initially, we spent a couple of hours to examine the complex design, the oriental architecture of picturesque Ngoc Son Temple, the meaning of Huc bridge and also tried to figure out the real reason of the construction of Turtle Tower. Then, going straight to the next destination, we continued analyzing the stunning beauty of Saint Joseph Cathedral of Hanoi to gain some more knowledge about religions, precisely about Catholic. Saving the best for last, we ultimately visited the French colonial jail for political prisoners, Hoa Lo Prison. That place is no doubt a crucial part of Vietnam history which stored genuine pictures and objects from Vietnam wars. I could not help feeling terribly sad to see how prisoners were once kept, tortured and brutally treated. In addition, a huge Guillotine, a machine designed for cutting people’s head off, used by the French to execute prisoners are on display at Hoa Lo Prison. Then came a room with the pictures as well as the accompanying video about captured American pilots. This part of the museum is most appealing to foreign tourists, particularly the American ones.

Eventually, my trip ended with a glass of ice lemon tea and a cozy chat with other club members near the cathedral yard. Though all weary and tired, we got to know each other better and found invaluable touring experience. Today is such a beautiful day.

HNFLTs, DELIGHTED TO MAKE YOUR ACQUAINTANCE.

Author: Lien Tran

Hanoi Free Tours

Traveling Tips

Where to go in Hanoi

Seeing Hanoi On Foot

Seeing Hanoi On Foot

Seeing Hanoi On Foot

Have you ever waken up early and stepped down when the sun starts rising up, felt the quiet atmosphere of the capital? It will be strongly exciting and unforgettable if you have one time to do it in Hanoi.  Nobody can deny that Ha Noi is a gentle graceful and poetic  capital of Viet Nam, where there are many and many famous places and historic sites. if you are a person who loves traveling so much, you will be regret when not seeing ha noi on foot.

All of visitors who have been to Ha Noi at least have seen this city  on foot one time. Perhaps you are native or come from other cities and even other countries. Whoever you are, you also spend special loving for this city

Seeing Ha Noi on foot is the best way to discover the beauty and people in this city. Early morning is good time to walk around streets or lake sides. Especially, Hoan Kiem lake is wonderful choice because all around the lake, there are sights to see, places to eat, temples to visit.

Hoan kiem lake in the morning

Seeing Hanoi On Foot

       Hoan Kiem Lake in the morning

After that, you can also find anything which is traditional in Old Quarter such as food, souvenirs, clothes and so on. Walking help us feel free and easy to understand about culture and people of Viet Nam before

Seeing Hanoi On Foot

Seeing Hanoi On Foot

Then, we can move to the center of Ha Noi, west of Old Quarter to a cluster of historic sites. On foot, we can come to many destinations such as temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, One Pillar pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Flag Tower….

Seeing Hanoi On Foot

Seeing Hanoi On Foot

Seeing hanoi on foot gives us a chance to discover  viet nam’s culinary going  to Ha noi, visitors can’t forget  to taste some special locations: pho bo, banh cuon, bun cha, chung cake, banh xeo… they are vietnamese traditional foodand are almost sold in Old quarter.

Seeing Hanoi On Foot

Seeing Hanoi On Foot

Enjoying Bun cha in Old quarter

But why should we chose walking instead of going by other means of transportation?

Coming to hanoi, we can travel by many ways such as bus, cyclo. motorbike or taxi. however, we should go on foot in order to enjoy wonderful feeling. We will not be awful with heavy traffic, sightseeing more truthfully and clearly. Besides, walking is a good way to contribute to protecting our environment. Especially, while walking you can feel comfortable taking pictures, chatting and watching Hanoi in different perspectives. That really is your unforgettable memory   with your families and friends.

To sum up, seeing Hanoi on foot is perfect choice that brings us memorable moments.

 

How hot does it really gets in Ha Noi?

How hot does it really gets in Ha Noi?

 How hot does it really gets in Ha Noi?

Climate change is increasing extreme heat globally, which effects gradually the weather in Ha Noi. It is getting hotter in Ha Noi city and this situation signs to incessantly rises in the future. According to some researches, the temperature in Ha Noi recently has reached to 38-39 degrees, especially in 2015 when it peaked at 40 degrees. Therefore, there is a funny experience when people in the city bring out some food in a pan under directly the sunlight to observe how it is heated. Besides, the moisture is very low, which means that it has no rain in the city for a long time. Moreover, this situation will last for a long time, about 4 or 5 months annually, which brings a lot of disadvantages.

Weather-in-hanoi-Hanoi-Free-Local-Tours

Weather in hanoi-Hanoi Free Local Tours

Citizens have to suffer from the hot temperature

  First of all, the hot weather can cause bad effects on the health of old people and kids, who have weak immune system. They can suffer from body temperature disorder or even faint. Additionally, the temperature increases, which enhances the demand of electricity use considerably, then leads to the shortage of power for the city. Obviously, one of the main reason leading to this situation is climate change. According to EPA, the Greenhouse effect causes the atmosphere to retain the heat, which acts like a blanket making the Earth become warmer than it would otherwise be. Besides, another reason is the concrete effect, which also remains the temperature when there is more building and less trees in the city, the building absorbs the heat from the environment.

    In conclusion, people should find out a solution to protect themselves from the heat or sickness. It can be avoiding direct sunlight, drinking water and fruit…However, from a panorama view, we need to find out absolute solutions such as decreasing the greenhouse effect and encouraging of growing a large amount of tree in the city.

Duong Thi Thuy Ha

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