Hanoi Free War Site Walking Tours

Hanoi Free War Site Walking Tours

Hanoi Free War Site Walking Tours

Highlights of the free motorbike tours

  1. Itinerary
  • Hoa Lo Prison
  • Hanoi Flag Tower
  • Hanoi Military History Museum
  • Long Bien Brigde

     2. Time:

8:30Am -11:30Am


       3. Description of Free war site tour in hanoi

Let us give you some information about Hanoi Free War sites walking tour War sites are commonly known as places where battles took place in the past. If you visit Hanoi, let us lead you to some of the historical relics here – museums, prisons, fortresses. They will give you valuable information about the painstaking struggle for independence of the Vietnamese people.

For those who questions who are “us”, then the answer is that “us” here refers to the members in “Hanoi Free Local Tours” club.  It is an organization established by local students with a mission to help visitors from all around the world discover a truly beautiful Hanoi.  We, the local students, will be your tour guide, leading you to the most famous tourist destinations in Hanoi. Different tours will be suggested for you based on your time and your interest. If you are particularly keen on Vietnam war history, our Hanoi Free half-day war sites walking tour is an optimal choice.

Hanoi Free War Sites Walking Tour

Hanoi Free War Sites Walking Tour

Our first destination is the Hanoi Military History Museum in Dien Bien Phu Street, only 600 meters  from President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum to the East.

Opened in 1959, the museum preserves factual objects and vivid proofs, which can give you thorough understanding of Vietnam’s constant struggles against the French colonialists and American imperialists.

Going inside the museum, you can see a lot of artifacts, films and photos reflecting different eras in Vietnam: from Hung Vuong Era – the era in which Vietnam first starts as a country, to one-thousand-year under Chinese’s colonization, and  the long struggle against French colonialist and American invaders. Pieces of weaponry displayed in the museum courtyard  such as aeroplanes, tanks, heavy artilleries, rockets, and bombs.                                          

The most impressive of all on the grounds of the museum is Hanoi Flag Tower. It is classified as the nation’s historical and cultural monument, where the first flag of Vietnam was hung after the successful revolution in 1945.

Hanoi Flag Tower - Hanoi Free War Sites Walking Tour

Hanoi Flag Tower – Hanoi Free War Sites Walking Tour

(Hanoi Flag Tower)

To continue the Hanoi Free half-day war sites walking tour  you can either take a walk in just 15 minutes or  take a taxi to get to Hoa Lo prison.  Rated as one of the top 10 notorious prisons in the world, Hoa Lo is a place that you should never miss if you want to take a closer look into Vietnam history, particularly the struggle against the French colonial empire.

At first, the prison was built by the French colonialists to capture Vietnamese political activists who took part in the struggle against them. Hoa Lo is where you can see how terrible the life of prisoners was, from the room where they were shackled all day, their meals, their clothes to hundred kinds of torture in the prison.


Hoa Lo Prison - Hanoi Free War Sites Walking Tour

Hoa Lo Prison – Hanoi Free War Sites Walking Tour

In the war between Vietnam and America, Hoa Lo was used by the Vietnamese government to imprison American pilots who were captured in the campaign “Dien Bien Phu in the air”. Documentary films and pictures about this campaign and the daily life of the pilots in Hoa Lo prison are also on display. You will also have the chance to look at the clothes and pictures of a famous pilot: John McCain – who later became a senator and a presidential candidate in 2008.

(Senator John McCain looked at the photo of his being captured at Truc Bach Lake during his visit to Hoa Lo prison in April, 2009.)

Leaving Hoa Lo, we walk along Duong Thanh and Phung Hung Street to the last spot in our war-site tour: Long Bien Bridge.


Long Bien Bridge - Hanoi Free War Sites Walking Tour

Long Biên Bridge – Hanoi Free War Sites Walking Tour

Being constructed during the French occupation in the country, Long Bien was the first steel bridge across the Red river in Hanoi, and one of four greatest bridges in the world at the time it was built. Over the past 100 years, Long Bien Bridge has been a witness to all the historical events that made the capital city like it is today

The bridge was a connection point to transport tons of rice from Northern area of Vietnam to Dien Bien Phu battle, thus contributing greatly to the victory of Vietnam People’s army against the French, 1954.

Because of its strategic function, Long Bien Bridge was a main target for the US’s bombing in its invasion war (1954-1975). It was bombarded many times by air attacks of the US Army; therefore, many spans of the bridge were destroyed. The remained spans, the spotting shrapnel and bullet holes still left in the bridge reminds us a painful but unforgettable past. The bridge, hence, is not only a great architecture but also a living historical witness.

At the end of the Hanoi Free war sites walking tour, you can have the best view of the bridge at the sunset and take photos of the rice paddling fields. Long Bien Bridge is an ideal place for sightseeing, for relaxing and remembering about the memorable past.

We are pretty sure that you will be impressed by those historical sites in a tour with Hanoi Free Local Tours.

Many tourists have tried the tour with us and kindly give us 5-star reviews with encouraging comments on Tripadvisor.

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Don’t travel to Vietnam, you need to be in Vietnam

Don’t travel to Vietnam, you need to be in Vietnam

All you need to do is book a free tour in Hanoi (Hanoi Free Tour Guide)Don’t travel to Vietnam, you need to be in Vietnam

People have different ways of travelling to Vietnam. Some individuals would like to experience by themselves as many places as possible to find out who they are, Vietnam is just a country coming up to their minds. Some pay a visit to Vietnam because of their desire to explore, to truly understand what Vietnam is, in terms of culture, customs and history.

Hanoi Free Local Tours

Hanoi Free Local Tours

What about you?

If you are fond of having a deep understanding of Vietnamese culture, a free tour guide in Hanoi with Hanoi Free Local Tours could be one of the best way of discovering the capital of Vietnam.

As the title of the article, you will “be in Vietnam”, an English speaking guide as a Vietnamese local people, will show you around the heart of  Hanoi – Hoan Kiem Lake, where you will have a close look at of day-to-day lives of Hanoians. And then, the visit to Hoa Lo prison would help you get to know more about how badly Vietnamese political prisoners were treated and how well American pilots, including John McCain, were treated.

Not only is Vietnam famous for the wars, but also a long standing history. Temple of literature, a 1000-year-old university in Vietnam, would satisfy everyone who is keen on eastern education.

Back to the old quarter, it is very interesting to see how local people make their livings in one of the most famous traditional market in Vietnam – Dong Xuan market, especially when it comes to the holiday in Vietnam. So this market will be the next place you should not miss even your schedule is quite tight.

For the last stop of the day, drinking a delicious cup of egg coffee or beer will bring you a unique and priceless moment of your trip to Hanoi.

We all know that there are a lot of advantages of exploring Hanoi by ourselves, but if you have a non profit organization which can help you out with a free tour guide, it could be much easier for you to “be in Vietnam”

That is very basic information about our lovely capital. Making a decision of how to travel to Vietnam, discovering by yourselves or taking an organized tour with locals, is totally up to you. But, if you are interested in “being in Hanoi” with us even a little bit, take a free tour in Hanoi with us.

We are looking forward to showing you the real Hanoi!

We are from Hanoi Free Local Tours team!


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