Hanoi Free Tour Guide – All About Hanoi Free Tour Guide

Hanoi Free Tour Guide – All About Hanoi Free Tour Guide

Hanoi Free Tour Guide – All About Hanoi Free Tour Guide

  • Members of Hanoi Free Tour Guide: 400  Members
  • Founded in 2010
  • Hanoi Free Tour guide Founders : Unsiversity students in Hanoi
  • Location: Hanoi

Hanoi Free Tour Guide is a student-run organization founded local students and ex-students since January 2010

VISION

By guiding tourists around Hanoi for free, Hanoi free tour guide would love to develop the Vietnamese culture and bring the unique customs and traditions to travellers around the world .

MISSIONS

Hanoi Free Tour Guide’ missions are:

–          To give on-going support and assistance towards Vietnamese tourist industry

–          To better promote communication, cultural exchange among students and people of different countries

–          To offer a wider choice of employment for young people who are intended to acquire knowledge and develop their skills to their full potential

–          To provide an extensive access to education and vocational training for the poor, disadvantaged and contribute to the community empowerment

Languagues provided

Hanoi free tour guide Offers many languages:

  1. English
  2. Chinese
  3. French
  4. Russian
  5. Korean
  6. Japanese
  7. German
  8. Spanish
  9. Italian

1. Hanoi Free Tour Guide Tours

HALF DAY tour in the morning or afternoon

* Tour 1: Old Quarter, Sword lake area, Hoa Lo Prison French Quarter and Long Bien bridge.

* Tour 2: Hochiminh complex, Temple of Literature and West lake area

* Tour 3: Hoa Lo prison, Sword lake area,Women Museum.

* Tour 4: Dong Xuan Market, Long Bien Bridge, Egg Coffee

* Tour 5: Night market tours on weekend nights

The tours are very flexible, discussions with our guide for recommendations and suitable arrangement could be recommended before the tour

 

2. Hanoi Free Tour Guide on Tripadvisor

“A Wonderful Expereince”

Reviewed December 6, 2012

We submitted a request for a guide at the last minute and were fortunate to be able to get a tour guide who was available. Our guide, Trang, is a university student studying business here in Hanoi. She is very easy to converse with which was a pleasant change from all of our paid tour guides who we have had to struggle to understand. She took us on a walking tour of the Old Quarter. She explained the significance of the street names and pointed out buildings of cultural and architectural importance. I watched the tourists roll by in the tour buses and thought how much better our experience was. We got to see life on the streets with a local person who could answer our questions from a personal perspective. She also easily handled a lot of questions about life in Vietnam that none of our previous guides had the English skills to deal with. She was a great resource and a wonderful representative of the young people in Vietnam. This is a terrific service that tourists not travelling with a group should be making use of.

Visited December 2012

“The knowledgeable and friendly free tour guide”

Reviewed April 1, 2013

We read all the reviews and they’re true – this really is a marvellous concept and it would be great to see this in other places around the world. Our guide, a lovely young lady named Hanh (I hope I am spelling correctly) greeted us at our hotel and we were guided through the HCM museum, the temple of literature before heading to a lovely restaurant for lunch. Hanh was very knowledgeable and I would not have taken away the importance of HCM and scholarly pursuits to the Vietnamese people if we did not have such valuable information provided to us. Hanh was also curious about our life in Australia and getting to know us. We spent a few hours after lunch around the Hoan Kiem lake and Old Quarter and had a great day. This lovely young lady does these tours on her one day off each week – we were really impressed with her knowledge and love of her culture. Thank you so much

Visited March 2013

“Wonderful experience with Local Tour Guides!”

 

We had booked our 1 1/2 day tours with HANOI FREE TOUR GUIDE last October 2013. They are very accommodating even though we had only 2 weeks left before our trip.

On our first day, we had a delayed flight from Singapore and we have set an appointment with HANOI FREE TOUR GUIDE at exactly 2:00 pm. Upon arrival on our Hotel, Dat was already waiting for us. At first, we are worried that we couldn’t understand him but surprisingly, Dat speaks English very well. He asked us to put our stuff first inside the room and he patiently waited for us before we start the tour. Before heading for the tour, he made sure that he knows what we want to see. To summarize our tour with Dat, we went to restaurant nearby the Hoa Lo Prison (price is okay). After having our Vietnamese lunch we went to Hoa Lo Prison and we had walking tour from Hanoi Opera House to Sofitel Metropole and then to our last stop the Turtle Pagoda. He drop us off at our Hotel. He is a real gentleman.

Second day (AM Tour), we met Star Dust (we forgot her Vietnamese name). She accompanied us to go to HCM Complex. She seems a bit lost in HCM Complex (at first) and probably her first time to tour a tourist in HCM Complex but it is still alright and acceptable. Her English is not that fluent but so far, we can still understand her. She also shared with us a little bit of a history in HCM Complex and we enjoyed our food in the restaurant (price is a bit expensive). My friend also had a wonderful time with her as she is teaching my friend a simple Vietnamese words while we are having our tour. She is very witty and fun to be with.

Second day (PM Tour), since they are all students, they also need to go to school. For the second half day tour, we need to change our tour guide and we are glad to finally meet Hang! Hang is the very first member of the HANOI FREE TOUR GUIDE and she has been a tour guide for so long! She explains everything and very very detailed. She is also patient and she never gets tired of walking inside the Temple of Literature. Museum of Ethnology and Turtle Pagoda/Restored Sword Lake + Ngoc Son Temple. Kudos! We are almost over for the day tour with Hang but I had another request, I wanted to try the egg coffee and it was so delicious! She is very professional in what she is doing and I would say that she is one of the best tour guide in HANOI FREE TOUR GUIDE.

To Dat, Star Dust, Hang and to the rest of the team, you have given us a wonderful trip in Hanoi. This trip will be in our minds for a long time. Many thanks and best wishes for the future!

After reading several reviews from different people experiencing the free tour with Hanoi free tour guide now you know Why should be a Must- Do in Hanoi

  • Hanoi free tour guide has been one of top things to do in hanoi for many years
  • Providing free tour services for travellers
  • Being known by a lot of leading newspapars in the world like CNN, BBC…

3. Hanoi Free Tour Guide Terms& Conditions

Please take a minute to read the term of hanoi free tour guide carefully.

  1. Free Guide
    • Member of hanoi free tour guides are working as volunteers
    • Any Tourists booking the free tour with Hanoi free tour guide will be considered as guest(s)”
  2. Expenses during the tour
    The free tours are considered as free however during the tour tourists will be the people paying the following expenses

all public transportation fees, taxi fares incurred after meeting the guest at the appointed meeting place. Tourists do not have to pay for the costs incurred by the guide while traveling to or from the meeting place both before and after the tour period. ADMISSION FEES to museums, temples, events etc. incurred by the guide while providing guide services.

4. How to Book a tour with Hanoi Free Tour Guide

You can book a free tour on Hanoi Free Tour Guide official website then You will receive an email clearly confirming the time and place for picking you up. Reply their email for the confimation and stay in touch until we reach a final agreement. Tours should be booked 24 hours in advance.

To book a tour please provide Hanoi free tour guide information of yours and email at hanoifreetourguides@gmail.com

Thanks so much and wish you best time ever in Vietnam.

 

 

Hanoikids Tripadvisor| Free Amazing Hanoikids Tours on Tripadvisor

Hanoikids Tripadvisor| Free Amazing Hanoikids Tours on Tripadvisor

Hanoikids Triadvisor December 2016

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.
Thank Hanoikids!

Visited November 2016
Wonderful experience
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
5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 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.

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hanoikids-triadvisor

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.

“Wonderful hanoikids!
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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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

FREE HANOI STREET WALKING TOURS

FREE HANOI STREET WALKING TOURS

FREE HANOI STREET WALKING TOURS

Welcome to Hanoi Free Local Tours, a non-profit organization running by students with the mission to bring tourists free walking tours around Hanoi in any available time as long as you remember to reserve your tours in advance.

Let us give some information about Free Hanoi Street Walking Tours

With more than 1000-year history, Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, has so many attractions that could keep tourists engaged all the time: from well-preserved buildings along with lush and verdant parks to handful of well-appointed museums, from many natural lakes to handicraft villages and delectable cuisine, from attractive buildings of French to Chinese and  Russian architecture .

Hanoi-Old-Quarter-FREE HANOI STREET WALKING TOURS

Hanoi-Old-Quarter-FREE HANOI STREET WALKING TOURS

Particularly, our free Hanoi walking tour today concentrates on guiding tourists through Hanoi’s most attractive destination, the OLD QUARTER, which first appeared when King Ly Thai To relocated the capital city from Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh to Thang Long, Hanoi. The Old Quarter, at first, consisted of many workshop villages around the royal palace, but now it is a trading place for guilds and craft cooperatives. Most streets in the Old Quarter begin with the word “Hang”, which means merchandise or shop, and the other word, which shows their product, service or location.

Hang Bac Street - FREE HANOI STREET WALKING TOURS

Hang Bac Street – FREE HANOI STREET WALKING TOURS

We begin our journey in HANG DAO Street, one of the oldest streets in all of Vietnam. It goes right through the middle of the old quarter and divided it into two directions, north and south. Hang Dao Street was once a center for the trading of silk products under the French colony. This street now specializes in ready-made clothing.

Turn right at the end of the street, we reach HANG BAC street, which dates from at least the 13th century. This street was a silver factory under the Le Dynasty; therefore, its name is Hang Bac, which means silver shop . Since the 18th century, the street has become a popular place for jewelry makers and money exchangers. Besides, the heavy metal bars were exchanged in Hang Bac for business transaction, so the French called it “Exchange Street.”

Keep walking straight forward, we come across TA HIEN Street, whose nick name is ‘international intersection’ as there are many foreign backpackers gathering there at night. Stopping here gives you great pleasure of tasting fresh beer and street food, as well as enjoying the breathtaking scenery of the Old Quarter in the hospitable atmosphere.

Old house - ma may- FREE HANOI STREET WALKING TOURS

Old house – ma may- FREE HANOI STREET WALKING TOURS

Next, we turn left and walk onto MA MAY Street, which is a union of two old streets: Hang May and Hang Ma. Rattan products were sold on Hang May and sacred joss to burn for the dead were sold on Hang Ma. The streets then became one: Ma May. The ancient house at 87 Ma May street which dated back from the late of the 20th century, is still preserved with typical architecture of ancient houses. Though being restored in 1999, this house still retains the pristine beauty of itself. Tourists can buy tickets to take a tour around the house.

Ratten products-FREE HANOI STREET WALKING TOURS

Ratten products-FREE HANOI STREET WALKING TOURS

(Ratten products)                                         (Sacred joss)

continually the free walking tour in Hanoi, we enter HANG BUOM Street, which means Sail Street. Sails used to be  sold in the past, but now there is no demand for them anymore. Therefore, to the western end of the street, confectionery is sold instead. If you prefer savory food, look out for the roasted meat store at No. 108 Hang Buom Street.

Roasted-Duck-with-Fig-Stuffing- FREE HANOI STREET WALKING TOURS

Roasted-Duck-with-Fig-Stuffing- FREE HANOI STREET WALKING TOURS

(lines of people queuing in front of the store) (roasted duck – one of the most popular dishes in the store)

Midway along the street, at the junction of Hang Giay, is Bach Ma Temple or White Horse Temple. There is a legend that King Ly Thai To was directed by a white horse to find an appropriate place to construct the Citadel. Hence, the temple was built to honor that white horse.

Bach-Ma-Temple-FREE HANOI STREET WALKING TOURS

Bach-Ma-Temple-FREE HANOI STREET WALKING TOURS

(Outside Bach Ma Temple)

Now turn right to HANG DUONG (Sugar) Street, which sells all kinds of sugar, sweets, and dried fruit (in Vietnamese: “Ô Mai”). Together with the ups and downs of history, the street’s appearance has changed but the treasured old houses such as Cau Dong Pagoda, which has been classified as national historical relics, are still preserved on the street.

 

Cau Dong Pagoda- FREE HANOI STREET WALKING TOURS

Cau Dong Pagoda- FREE HANOI STREET WALKING TOURS

Outside Cau Dong Pagoda with Hanoi Free Local Tour members

Going straight ahead, you step onto DONG XUAN Street / Springfield Street, which originally belonged to two villages Nhiem Trung and Hau Tuc. Dong Xuan market, Vietnam’s oldest and largest market, occupies half of the street, was one of the busiest urban areas in Southeast Asia thanks to its location at the confluence of To Lich and Red River. The French required merchants to bring their goods inside the market in order to facilitate tax collections. When the number of merchants increased, the market was enlarged. In 1889, a structure was built over it, and five gates were built leading to it. Each of the five market gates was used only for specified goods. In 1994, a fierce fire destroyed almost the market, leading to its being renovated.

With a smartphone, any foreign tourist can easily find online direction to explore Hanoi on their own, so why should you choose us to be your company in a couple of hours ? Because our tour guides are so friendly and enthusiastic that they certainly try to make sure you have a good time here. We will not only give you useful information about the Old Quarter but also share with you genuine stories of Hanoians from the perspective of a local. As our club’s slogan indicates: “Bring tourists and locals together”, the free walking tour offers you  authentic experience in exploring the city with a local companion – an experience that you shall never forget in the rest of your life!.

Seeing is believing. Hope to see you in Hanoi.

Many tourists have tried the tour with Hanoi Free Local Tours and kindly give us 5-star reviews with encouraging comments on TripAdvisor.

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Hanoi Free City Tour with Locals ( Full-Day)

Hanoi Free City Tour with Locals ( Full-Day)

Hanoi Free Walking Tours

  • Members: 100  Members- Free Tour Guides
  • Founded in 2012
  • Founders : Unsiversity students in Hanoi
  • Location: Hanoi

Highlights of Hanoi Free Walking Tours:

  1.  Hoan Kiem Lake
  2.  St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Hanoi
  3.  Hoa Lo Prison
  4.  Temple of literature
  5.  Ho Chi Minh Complex
  6.  Dong Xuan Market

A tour with Hanoi Free Tour Guides’ Members

Hanoi Free Local Tours Hoa Lo Prison

Hanoi Free Local Tours Hoa Lo Prison

[Hanoi Free Walking Tours] Hoa Lo Prison

After the guide pick you up at your hotel, the  free walking tour will begin with walking to Sword Lake, which is the heart of Hanoi, where you will have primary look of Vietnamese lifestyle. Do you know why Vietnamese usually sit on little chairs? Because in Vietnam the higher the chairs are, the more money you have to pay for the restaurant owners. Then Let’s have glasses of lemon tea with little honey neart. Joseph’s Cathedral (big church) with us. This is also the moment to get to know know a little about Vietnamese language, how to bargain in Viet Nam and how to travel far from Hanoi experience. Our Local guides will share with give you some useful tips which can help you a lot when you are in Viet Nam.
Temple of literature with Hanoi Free walking tour Guides

Hanoi Free Local Tours 4.Temple of literature

Hanoi Free Local Tours 4. Temple of literature

Vietnam is famous for the wars against France and the US in the 20th century. Our visit to Hoa Lo prison will give you a deep understanding of what happened in during these wars, how political prisoners were treated with series of savage tortures. Vietnam is famous for not only the wars, but also its long-standing history. Next, We will pay a visit to a 1000– year– old university in Vietnam: Temple of  Literature which is the symbol of eastern architecture, and culture.

Traditional Market Hanoi Free walking tour Guides

Trying food is always a fundamental part of a travel. And Pho or Cha Ca are traditional foods in Vietnam. If you are a vegetarian, we will have lunch at a unique vegetarian restaurant which serves the food that you couldn’t find anywhere else.

In the afternoon, we will take a taxi to the oldest traditional market in Vietnam- ( Dong Xuan Market). This is the place where you can see how locals make their livings and discover a lot of interesting alleys with many tasty street foods. There are only a few tourists there, which makes us feel like we are going to discover the new place in planet.

Hanoi Free Walking Tours Tripadvisor

Hanoi free Walking tours has more than 200 reviews from a number of travellers experiencing themselves these amazing free tour services in Hanoi. Nearly 80% reviews are exellent, 15% are very good, and the number for average, poor, terrible are only 2 %, 2 % and 1 % which help Hanoi free walking tours club become  one of best out door activities in Hanoi.

Rank: # 60/ 754 Tours in Hanoi

Hanoi Free walking Tours-Reviews

Hanoi Free Walking Tours-Reviews

Pictures with free Local Guides in Hanoi

Hanoi Free Local Tours Having food

Hanoi Free Local Tours Having food

Hanoi Free Local Tours Hoa Lo Prison

Hanoi Free Local Tours Hoa Lo Prison

Pictures taken by Inno Banson and his Friends. 

3. Free Walking Tours in Hanoi include kinds of tours below

3.1 Free walking tours in the early morning with free tour guides

Enjoy the beauty of hanoi in the early morning by walking around with locals you will have the chance to experince an essensial part of Hanoi that not a lot of people could be aware of. You will see how the elderly do taichi in the very early morning, the go around St. Joseph Cathedral which is located nearby Hoan Kiem Lake.

The free morning walking tour end up with a bowl of noodle soups at Bat Dan Street in the old quarter.

  • Starting time: 6:00 Am
  • Tour duration: 3 hours
  • Destinations:  Hoan Kiem Lake – St. Joseph Cathedral – Noodle Soups

3.2 Hanoi Free street food experience with free tour guides

Food is always the Most Important Part of Travel Vietnam somehow is a little kichen of the world. Make sure that you are totally hungry before starting a free street food tour with Hanoi free walking tours, you will be 100 % full with a lot of amazing street food

  • Starting time: 17:30
  • Tour duration: 3 hours
  • Destinations:  Cau Dong market – Dong Xuan market – O Mai Hang Duong street

3.3 Hanoi free Walking Tours around city (full day)

Many activities, many museums, many stories from free Tour guides will help you have an overview of Hanoi. It is like goring around a new city with a local friend in a country that is truly new to you.

  • Tour duration: 6 hours
  • Starting time: 8:30
  • Destinations:  Ho Chi Minh Complex, Temple of Literature, Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son temple

3.4 French Quarter walking tour (half day) with Hanoi Free Tour Guides

Hanoi is like a Paris in Asia with the architecture has been influenced deeply by french style during the war. Let do the free french quarter walking tour with us to get to know what french left after war

  • Starting time: 8:30 Am, or 2:00 Pm
  • Destinations:  Government guesthouse, , Opera House, Hilton Opera, Museum of the Vietnamese Revolution, Trang Tien ice cream

3.5 Hanoi war sites free walking tour with Hanoi Free Tour Guides

War did pass, but what it left are things we need know! It is hard, tough and terrible! I know, Vietnamese know … you ?

  • Starting time: 8:30 Am, or 2:00 Pm
  • Destinations:  Military History Museum, Hoa Lo Prison, West Lake

 Hanoi Free Walking Tours Reviews

Lovely cultural swap with Linh

This association is lovely. First of all are very responsive, I changed the date last minute and they arranged the free walking tour for me anyway, super! We met Linh which took us around the city center and explained us lots of local habits and described the stuff we were seeing. She took us to the Women museum and was a really interesting visit as we learned a lot about the women importance in the Vietnamese society. Thanks for the patience and for answering all the questions!!

Visited November 2016

“The best way to see Hanoi”

Dao was an amazing tour guide! She was really knowledgeable of local history, providing me & my friends with interesting trivia and context to each place she showed us. Dao was able to bring us to places like the Literature Temple, Maison Centrale, Sword Lake, St. Joseph’s Cathedral & the Water Puppet Theatre. Thanks to her, we had the chance to try out some of Hanoi’s most popular foods! Thanks Dao for the lovely day you spend with us!

Visited September 2016

“free Hanoi-Tour with a local Student”

My girlfriend and me decided to make the free walking tour. Our guide was Pham, she was really friendly, nice and lovely. She picked us up at our hotel and walked with us through the city. The stops were interesting and we learned a lot about Hanoi from Pham. I would definitely recommend the tour – its like you hang out with a good friend 🙂

Visited November 2016

4. Hanoi Free Walking Tours Term

IMPORTANT NOTES

  1. Hanoi Free Walking Tours is a non-profit club so there is no charge local students require. Only the expenses during the tour like admission fees, restaurant meals and drink, and transportation fees are thing that you need o prepare. All of your contribution (if applicable) will be used as a fund for Hanoi Free Walking Tours  development, not for personal purposes.
  2. Places are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
  3. If there is not any member available yet, your booking will be put in the waiting list. However, chance is that you will still be provided with the tour if we have enough members confirming to do tour on that day. During ten days prior to your trip date, you had better check your email regularly in case we have a spare tour.
  4. In case you book another tour with other similar organizations at the same time as with Hanoi Free Walking Tours , please notify us in advance. We will contact them to make the best arrangement for all sides involved.

5. How to Book a tour with Hanoi Free Walking Tours

You can book a free tour on Hanoi Free Walking Tours official website then You will receive an email clearly confirming the time and place for picking you up. Reply their email for the confirmation and stay in touch until we reach a final agreement. Tours should be booked 24 hours in advance.

 

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