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Hanoi What to Eat

Hanoikids Food Tour

There are several options that you can do with Hanoikids when you visit Hanoi. Hanoikids Food tour is one of the tour that you should not miss during your stay in Hanoi city. Let take a few minutes to know what food you are going to enjoy when you book a Hanoikids Food Tour

The Hanoikids Food Tour will includes about 5 out of these following foods.

  1. Banh cuon: steamed rice pancake with pork and shrimp jerky: 14 Hang Ga (83 Hang Dieu)
  2. Bun bo Hue: beef noodle in Hue style: 60 Bat Su str
  3. Trung ngai cuu( omelet with tarragon leaves) Hang Hom str Nem
  4. fresh roll, pillow cake, donut :Cay da restaurant, Ly quoc su str
  5. Bún chả: rice noodle with grilled pork, with fish sauce, rice vinegar, sugar for dipping sauce and green papaya ( 12 Dinh Liet)
  6. Kem xoi ( sticky rice ice cream) Sua chua nep cam ( black rice yoghurt) 95 Hang Bac str
  7. Cafe trung: Vietnamese coffee with egg cream 39 Nguyen Huu Huan
  8. Beer Hanoi at Tahien Street.

Hanoikids Street Food Tour Itinerary

Hanoikids guide will pick up you at your hotel and transfer to the old quarter. Then, starting out Hanoikids Food tour by waking around the old capital of vietnam where you will meet and chat with the local merchants about the food. hanoikids food tour the continues along main streets and hidden alleys to discover the street vendors making and selling a wide variety of exotic foods. The purpose of Food tour with Hanoikids is to give visitors a safe opportunity to try the foods of local Hanoi people while supporting the community by buying directly from the vendors. And the end of Hanoikids food tour, you will enjoy a cup of egg coffee at Giang Café, one of the most special coffee in the world.

  • Time: 8:30Am, 14:00Pm 17:30Pm
  • Pick-up: Your Hotel
  • Return: Your hotel
  • Transportation: Walking, taxi.

Hanoikids Food Tour on Tripadvisor

1. Such a good Hanoikids Food Tour

One of the highlights of our trip was definitely the Food tour with hanoikids, seting up the food tour seemed to be very easy, our Hanoikids guides spoke great English which impressed us a lot. Besides, they knew all the good food spots in the Hanoi as a local here, not to mention flexible, tailoring our tour based on our interests. And the most amazing part was how friendly, welcoming and enthusiastic they were and to my surprise didn’t want to accept any money from us.

We really enjoyed the trip and the company of the hanoikids, would recommend Hanoikids food tour to tourists travelling to Hanoi!!

Hanoikids Food Tour
Fast food with Hanoikids Food Tour

2. Best way to explore Hanoi and try the local street food with Hanoikids Food Tour

2.1 Half-day tour of the city

We were very luky to have booked two tours for Hanoi children during our stay – a morning tour and an evening street food tour of Hanoikids. Both were great and I would definitely recommend to everyone. Especially Hanoikids Food Tour. Our guides were wonderful and the tours were very well organized.

Our first visit was a half-day tour of the city. We had requested for a full day but that there were no students available for our dates. These tours are very popular (and I can see why) so it’s worth booking as soon as you can. We had booked 6 weeks in advance and were still booked for a full day. We went up at noon and decided to go in the morning to avoid the heat. We met our Hanoikids guide, Trang promptly at 9:30 am in the hotel lobby. She was very friendly, spoke very good English and was enthusiastic.

fresh-water crab soup
fresh-water crab soup

2.2 Overnight Hanoikids food tour

Our second Hanoi kids was an overnight Hanoikids food tour on the street and again we had an amazing experience. This time we were lucky enough to have two guides – Quynh Anh and Thursday We were picked up from our hotel lobby at 6:00. Before we ventured outside we were asked how we felt about street food in Hanoi, it was what dishewe had already tried and what we wanted to try as well as our dietary needs. Based on this the women turned out to be a plan that we will go.

Again our guides proved invaluable and greatly benefited from their local knowledge, getting to taste some wonderful local specialties of Hanoi such as Bahn Da Cua and Bahn Cuon, we ended up with Vietnamese coconut coffee. Probably never have tried these things we had been on our own.

These tours are a wonderful way to see a part of Hanoi that you probably will not on your own. Their local knowledge is invaluable and they are willing to answer any questions you may have.

It is a fantastic service. It’s totally free, you only pay for the taxi, expenses and extras as meals (for guides as well). We would also like to read the reviews on TripAdvisor and came prepared with gifts from home to introduce our Hanoikids guides as a thank you.

Thank you Hanoikids for providing us these free tours (Hanoi Free Walking tours, and Hanoikids Food Tour)

“Very pleasant food tour”

The Hanoikids are mostly students who offer volunteer tours through the city. A very great and nice thing. We have a street Hanoikids food tour. On the last vacation we had already booked a city tour with a visit of the war museum and the old prison (Hanoi Hilton). Both tours were a great experience, even for our two kids (teenagers). The students have also tried to help them, and the children found the guides equally sympathetic. I would not book another tour, but always support the Hanoikids.

Bun Cha
Bun Cha with Hanoikids Food Tour





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Hanoi What to Eat

7 Best Banh mi Hanoi – TripAdvisor highly recommended

One of the most interesting things to do in Hanoi is to taste banh mi Hanoi – a symbol of Vietnamese street food and a signal of modern Vietnam lifestyle. It promises to turn your Hanoi Local Experience into the TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY Vietnamese taste adventure.

 I. What is BANH MI?

Banh mi has been recognized as TOP 10 most delicious sandwiches in the world by Traveller. Not only Vietnamese, a lot of celebrities could not resist the mouthful taste of banh mi.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull enjoyed Banh mi
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull enjoyed Banh mi

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull or famous Chef Gordon Ramsay and Anthony Bourdain all highly recommend banh mi as must-try food in Hanoi.

And now is your turn, enjoy your own special banh mi and start your Hanoi Local Experience with us!

Fried-egg banh mi – popular flavor
Fried-egg banh mi – popular flavor

Banh mi is Vietnamese words for baguette. Unlike French baguette, Vietnamese banh mi is made with wheat flour with thinner crust. By reason of the fusion between Vietnamese cuisine and French cuisine, BBC – Travel ranked banh mi as the best world’s sandwich.

Banh mi with plenty of combination
Banh mi with plenty of combination

The popularity of Banh mi in Vietnam marks a unique way of living and convenient, exciting lifestyle of Vietnamese after the war.

While America has fast-food such as KFC, Vietnam serves the people banh mi as the riche amount of protein in such a tiny package. If you travel Vietnam, banh mi must be on the top of your must-try food and will never let you down by its mouthwatering taste.

The very mouthwatering banh mi for breakfast
The very mouthwatering banh mi for breakfast

II. Where to eat “best banh mi Hanoi”?

 No matter where you are in Hanoi, you can easily capture a view of banh mi vendors or banh mi stores. Near the old quarter, you may get the best banh mi for your breakfast or near other destinations, banh mi is readily served for your tasty meals.

We, local tour guide in Hanoi, will provide a detailed and prestigious place to enjoy the truly tasteful Hanoi banh mi.

A banh mi stall on Hanoi street
A banh mi stall on Hanoi street

1. Banh mi Nguyen Sinh

 Banh mi Nguyen Sinh is one of the first banh mi store in Hanoi. It is known for the special home-recipe and the goose pate banh mi. However, due to the famous brand and prestige, banh mi in Banh mi Nguyen Sinh is quite expensive.

Banh mi chao at Banh mi Nguyen Sinh
Banh mi chao at Banh mi Nguyen Sinh

Address: No. 17 Ly Quoc Su, Hanoi, Vietnam

Hours Opening: 7: 30 – 21: 30

Price: from 40.000 VND to 80.000 VND

TripAdvisor rate: 3.5

2. Banh mi Minh Nhat – Banh mi MasterChef

 Different from Banh mi Nguyen Sinh, Banh mi Minh Nhat is highly recommended because of reasonable price and high-quality banh mi.

Banh mi Minh Nhat
Banh mi Minh Nhat

Interestingly, Minh Nhat is the Vietnam Master Chef 2014. After winning the Master Chef Competition in Vietnam, she quited her job in a bank and started her dream in food industry.

Address: No. 13 Hang Khay

Hours Opening: 6:30 – 22:00

Price: 20.000 VND – 40.000 VND

TripAdvisor rate: 4.0

3. Banh mi Tram, Dinh Ngang

Fast “banh mi” – fast living style of Hanoians
Fast “banh mi” – fast living style of Hanoians

For the banh mi lover in Hanoi, nobody does not know about banh mi Tram due to their diverse menu and special home-made sauce. The guests might have many options with sausage, fried egg, beef wine sauce…with fresh and delicious salad.

Address: No. 252 Cửa Nam Street, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hanoi

Opening Hours:

Price: from 30.000 VND to 45.000 VND

TripAdvisor rate: 4.5

4. Banh mi bit tet Hoe Nhai

If you want to taste the combination of Western culture and Vietnamese culture, you must try the steak Banh mi in Hoa Ma Street. The steak here is made in Vietnamese style with marinated beef, small slicing salad, fried eggs and fried potatoes.

Banh mi bit tet (beef steak) Hoe Nhai
Banh mi bit tet (beef steak) Hoe Nhai

Address: No.3 Hoe Nhai, Nguyen Trung Truc ward, Ba Dinh Dist.

Opening Hours: 9: 00 – 22:00

Price: 100.000 VND

TripAdvisor rate: 5.0

5. Banh Mi Doner Kebap Anh Nguyen

Near the Goethe Institute, banh mi was made in Turkey Doner Kebap form for the researchers and scholars in their lunch time. Eventually, Vietnamese chefs learn how to make a banh mi for not only Vietnamese but also foreigners.

Banh mi Doner Kebap
Banh mi Doner Kebap

Banh mi here is delicious, mouth fully rich in protein with salty marinated pork, high-quality sauce and salad.

Address: 2 Hang Bac Street, Hoan Kiem District

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 24:00

Price: 25.000 VND to 40.000 VND

TripAdvisor rate: 4.0

6. Banh mi Pho Hue (Banh mi Hue Street)

Banh mi pho Hue
Banh mi pho Hue

On the Hue Street, you may find the banh mi store that received the compliments from the famed chef: Geoffrey Deetz about their appetizing banh mi.

BBC also gives their comments on banh mi here: banh mi is not complicated. Each ingredient has its own role in creating delicious one.

Delicious dish (pork, pate, salad and sauce) to eat with banh mi
Delicious dish (pork, pate, salad and sauce) to eat with banh mi

Address:  No. 118 Huế Street,  Hai Bà Trưng District

Opening Hours: from 6:00  to 19:00

Price: 20.000 VND – 50.000 VND

TripAdvisor rate: 4.5

7. Banh mi 25 Hanoi

Banh mi 25 Hanoi is the most famous and popular brand for travelers. It was high rated 5-star food on TripAdvisor because of the tasty and diverse types of banh mi, very friendly and good service.

Travelers enjoyed banh mi 25 in Hanoian style
Travelers enjoyed banh mi 25 in Hanoian style

Address: 25 Hàng Cá, Hàng Bồ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội

Opening Hours: 7:00 – 21:00

Price: from 15.000 VND to 25.000 VND

TripAdvisor rate: 5.0

III. When to eat banh mi?

Due to its convenience and ubiquity, you can have your delicious banh mi for breakfast, for lunch and even for dinner if you want.

In the past, banh mi is particularly served for breakfast with combination of simple ingredients including pork, vegetables and sauce. Now, banh mi is a part of busy lifestyle of every Vietnamese people, from office workers to students.

A banh mi vendor at night market
A banh mi vendor at night market

You can wander the old quarter, stop in front of banh mi store, then order and enjoy your real Vietnamese cuisine every time you feel hungry.


If you want to try the most local banh mi, do not hesitate to check out Hanoi free local tours, then enjoy your Hanoi journey with us.

We believe that you might get your most delicious banh mi in Hanoi with our local, knowledgeable and friendly tour guide!

Why don’t we take Hanoi scooter tour to enjoy banh mi on the way? We can both sightseeing and taste the cuisine of Hanoi. It shall be fun!


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Hanoi What to Eat


As far as you might know, the breakfast is the most important meal in a day. It plays an indispensable role in supplying all the necessary nutrients for body for a day of hard work. It is said that a suitable breakfast will help your body create energy for a new day with vitality as well as supplement nutrients consumed after a long night. According to nutrient experts, the first meal occupies 25-30 percent of the energy sum of all day. Understanding of the significance of having a sufficient breakfast, Vietnamese people are in the habit of taking a breakfast after awaking up.

In some countries, people often brush teeth after eating, but in Vietnam they do personal hygiene cleanly before having. Normally, the mother will get up early to prepare breakfast for family at 6h30’ am. In Vietnamese people’s opinion, small dishes on the table express the love of the mothers to their children and husbands. Another reason why the Vietnamese prefer cooking at home to going out for breakfast is to ensure food safety. Because nowadays people are always busy with their own jobs, they have less time to prepare a proper breakfast. They often come over a certain store on the way to work or go to school to buy fast food or take a meal in a hurry. As a result, it is inevitable to ensure food safety standards and maybe lead to have a sore stomach, food poisoning and even obesity. However, there are a lot of prestigious stores and restaurants serving breakfast well for you to select and believe in Hanoi.

It is more essential for foreign visitors to have a breakfast in Vietnam. Maybe because of being unfamiliar time zone or different flavors of food in Vietnam, some of them find difficulties in seeking good places for serving breakfast. They do be afraid of going out for taking, but order very hotel they stay. It is shame for you to miss a good chance to discover Vietnam food. Well, you know Vietnam is paradise for food with diversity traditional and modern dishes. Specially, there are a large number of delicious courses being suitable for breakfast such as pho, bun cha, banh mi,…It is essential that tourists should have a slight breakfast to be ready for a hard day to be able to explore Hanoi. This is some suggestions for you about several dishes and famous places for breakfast.

1. Pho – Vietnamese traditional food with Hanoi free local tours

Pho- Hanoi
Pho- Hanoi – The essence of Vietnamese cuisine

Pho is ranked in 20 top-the most delicious breakfast dishes on the world. And it is always proud course of the Vietnamese people. Wherever and whenever you want to enjoy a pho bowl, you are able to find a store selling pho easily. Since pho appears at everywhere, from poor countries to large cities and along bent streets or narrow alleys. Furthermore, you can find the pho restaurants in other countries such as America, China and Thailand. Pho is commonly eaten for breakfast, although many other people would have it for their lunch or dinner. Anyone feeling hungry in the small hours of the morning can also enjoy a bowl of hot and spicy Pho to fill their empty stomach. Pho also needs its special taste and smell. The particular flavor of soup is the thing everyone likes the most. The source for pho is made by stewing the bones of cows and pigs for a long time in a large pot. Having several types of pho and their names depend on the kind of meat used. For examples, pieces of fillet mignon together with several slices of ginger are reserved for a bowl of Pho Bo Tai (rare fillet) and slices of well-done meat are however offered to those less keen on eating rare fillets, while Pho Ga is made by stewing together chicken and pig bones.

List of reccommended places for Pho breakfast in Hanoi:

  • Pho vui: Adress:25 Hàng Giầy, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội.
    • Price: about 30.000VND/a portion
  • Pho Ly Quoc Su: Adress: 10 Ly Quoc Su
    • Price: 40.000VND/a portion
  • Pho and beef: Adress: 49 Bat Dan
    • Price: 40.000 VND/ a portion

2. Bun Cha – The spicy dish for breakfast:

Bun Cha
Bun Cha with Hanoifreelocaltours

As far as you might know, Vietnam is paradise for food with subtle, creative and unique courses which bring typical traditional culture of local residents and only appear in Vietnam. It is vermicelli that is popular with people and easy to combine with others to make a delicious dish for small meals, such as for breakfast and lunch. There are a variety of ways to enjoy rice vermicelli, each dish having its own unique taste. Bun cha is one of them. It is charming flavor that any Vietnamese people going oversea miss, because the one not only brings a beautiful culture feature but also contain great sentiment of maker. In Vietnam family, mother is very person getting up early to prepare breakfast for her husband and children. Love is the most wonderful ingredient to create this special dish. Looking through, Bun cha is normal with ingredients easy to find and uncomplicated recipe. Also, subtle taste with clever hands of Hanoian makes it different. Bun cha includes rice vermicelli, grilled pork and spicy, fresh vegetables and well mixed fish sauce combined with vinegar, sugar, hot chilly, garlic and pepper. The sauce will then contain all the essential tastes, sour, hot, salty and sweet. There are two kinds of Cha (grilled pork) used, depending on the cut of the meat. If the pork is cut into small pieces, it is called Cha Mieng (piece of grilled pork). If it is minced prior to being shape into small cubes, it is named Cha Bam (minced grilled pork).

List of reccommended places for Bun cha in Hanoi:

  • Bun cha Đắc Kim: 1 Hàng Mành, Hoan Kiem
  • 34 Hang Than, Hanoi: 35.000 VND/a portion
  • 2 alley,Hang Khoai, Hoan Kiem: 30.000VND/a portion
  • 74 Hàng Quat, Hoan Kiem: 30.000VND/a portion
  • Đồng Xuân market alley: 30.000VND/a portion

3. Banh Mi – Fast Food for Breakfast

Vietnamese sandwich
Vietnamese sandwich

It will be a big mistake if not mention Banh Mi like a speciality of Vietnam. Not only is it popular with Vietnamese people but it also is famous at foreign countries as one of the most delicious fast foods in the world. Moreover, in its honor, Banh mi was added to the Oxford English Dictionary on 24 March 2011. From the north to the south, you could find it easily. When you are walking with your girlfriend, let come over certain small kiosk on the pavement if you feel hungry. Or when you are in a hurry for going to work or to school, you can stop over in store for a minute, for example. The delicious and sweet-smelling Banh Mi are always ready for everyone. Regardless of where you live, how you rich or your class, enjoy it and distance between you and other people will be casted away. Which the savour is sweet, hot and full of meat, cream is resemble the hospitality of Vietnamese people as well. This is a creative dish having had origin of French, so each of regions has different recipes. Also, they have to have the same points. Unlike the traditional French baguette, the Vietnamese baguette is made with rice flour along with wheat flour. Typical fillings include steamed, pan-roasted or oven-roasted seasoned pork belly, Vietnamese sausage, frilled pork patties, canned sardines in tomato sauce, soft pork meatballs in tomato sauce, head cheese, fried eggs, mock duck, and tofu. Accompanying vegetables typically include fresh cucumber slices, cilantro (leaves of the coriander plant) and picked carrots and white radishes in shredded form. Common condiments include spicy chili sauce, mayonnaise, and cheese. In addition, ‘Banh mi chay’ also is added menu. This is option for vegetarians and made with tofu or seitan. In Vietnam, vegetarian sandwiches are less common on the streets. They are usually made at Buddhist temples during special religious events. So if you are a vegetarian, you should find the restaurant because it is possible to have vegetarian food.

List of reccommended places for Banh Mi in Hanoi:

  • Banh mi: 38 Đinh Liệt in the Old Quarter – 20.000-25.000VND
  • Banh mi Nguyen Sinh: 19 Lý Quốc Sư – 25.000 VND
  • PappaRoti: 34 Hang Gai, in the Old Quarter – 14.000 VND

4. Com Tam – The Nutrient dish for breakfast

According to the latest statistic, Vietnam is the second export rice on the world. It is unfamiliar that rice is a main ingredient to create most Vietnamese food. If you have chance to drop in on a Vietnamese family and are invited for dinner, you will have more understanding of culture in Vietnam. The image all members sitting around tray full of food and tell stories together is warm and happy.  It is suggested that you should taste it to feel Vietnamese traditional flavor in its country. Due to being popular, it is easy for you to find somewhere selling it on the street. A rice dish includes an omelet, two toast meats, a piece of fish and vegetable with soup. Which the ways the maker dispose and decorate for their food to become far attractive charms you. Not only is it delicious but it also has good price. The prices only vary from 20.000VND to 100.000 VND. Another food I want to add is the food for vegetarians. There are a lot of foreign tourists keeping a vegetarian diet, so appearing a variety of restaurants serves for them.;

List of reccommended places for rice in Hanoi:

  • 59 Tràng Thi, Hoan Kiem distric, Hanoi
  • 47 Đào Duy Từ, Hoan Kiem distric, Hanoi
  • 102K1, Giảng Võ, Ba Đinh distric, Hanoi.

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There are many delicious dishes and good places for breakfast you can find when you wake up in unfamiliar country. It is more essential for foreign visitors to have a breakfast in Vietnam. Maybe because of being unfamiliar time zone or different flavors of food in Vietnam, some of them find difficulties in seeking good places for serving breakfast. They do be afraid of going out for taking, but order very hotel they stay. It is shame for you to miss a good chance to discover Vietnam food. Well, you know Vietnam is paradise for food with diversity traditional and modern dishes. Specially, there are a large number of delicious courses being suitable for breakfast such as pho, bun cha, banh mi,…It is essential that tourists should have a slight breakfast to be ready for a hard day to be able to explore Hanoi. This is some suggestions for you about several dishes and famous places for breakfast.


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Tips for Your BEST Halong Bay 1 Day Cruise Tour


How to have your best Halong cruise tour? What are the top tips for your travel? This will help you answer all necessary questions to get the greatest Halong Bay 1 day cruise ever. Let’s check and see what you need to prepare for your trip. We make sure you will get all information you want.

Halong Bay Overview

Halong is a part of Quang Ninh province, which is 144 kilometers from Hanoi. This name is meaningful, it is known as “descending dragon”. Being recognized as a UNESCO world heritage, Halong Bay is famous not only in Vietnam but also all over the world.  This owns more than 1600 islands and islets, and be one of top new 7 natural wonders of the 20th century.

Ha Long is one of the new 7 Wonders of the world.

Why Take Halong Bay 1 Day Cruise?

Having a chance to visit Halong is great to all. It is clean, wild, majestic and safe. The environment is wonderful and the air is fresh. Enjoying both natural beauty and food is what a traveler should do. So what is the best way to get this? Taking Ha Long Cruises! This is the most popular way chosen by almost comers in Ha Long Bay.

A breathtaking view in Halong Bay
A breathtaking view in Halong Bay

Halong Bay cruises help visitors enjoy Ha Long beauty.

  • From the luxurious boats to normal ones, you can see many islets around and enjoy the food at the same time. You can easily enjoy cool wind and sunbathe on the highest floor.
  • From the sea, HaLong shows its strength to the world. You can see not only its blue clean water but also see how majestic the rocky mountains are. And of course, you can immerse yourself with the world.
  • There are many far islets in Halong where you can get troubles to get to on your own. Taking Halong Bay 1 day cruise, you can have help from others, be safer and easier to get there. You can also save time and health to discover many things during the trip.
  • Many kinds of cruises are serve well for each customer. You can choose one which is suitable for your budget. Do not worry about money!
  • Experiencing very unique activities such as having dinners in a cave, kayaking or having time to enjoy special food.
  • Ha Long is a great hotspot in Vietnam as well as in Asia. This is considered the 7th Wonder of the World. Of course, you should not miss your chance to adventure a great destination like this.

1. How to Have Your Best Halong Bay 1 Day Cruise

To have your best Halong Bay 1 day cruise,  you need to have a good plan. A good plan means a plan with the specific number which can express your hope and demand. Please answer carefully our question to have a great tour ever.

Swimming and sunbathing on Bai Chay
Swimming and sunbathing on Bai Chay

2. How long do you want to stay?

To choose a tour, the first is to decide how long to stay there. This can help you save your budget well and have a very clear schedule. To visit Halong Bay, people often spend 1 day, 2 days 1 night or 3 days 2 nights. In this article, we will help you get the best preparation for your Halong Bay cruise day tour. There are 3 types of Halong 1 day cruise:

  • 4 hours
  • 6 hours
  • 8 hours

The schedule depends on each boat you choose. In fact, almost boats we mention in the next part offers these 3 kinds of Halong Bay day cruise tour. You can contact the boat through their hotline, or ask the tour guide to get a clear view for your tour.

3. Where to go in Ha Long

The second thing to care is about the places you go to. If you know where to go, you can decide well which kind of boat to use, how long to get there and how much money you will spend. Knowing the right places, right sites to adventure is what you should decide very first. We can mention below some great destinations for you to choose when visiting Ha Long:

  • Hon Ga Choi Island: a special destination to visit.
  • Castaway Island
  • Ti Top Island: a charming island to visit if you are in Halong.
  • Soi Sim Island
  • Bai Chay beach: a famous beach to enjoy during your Halong tours.
  • Bai Tu Long bay: a beautiful bay in Halong.
  • Ha Long Bay
  • Tuan Chau Island: a very famous hotpot in Halong Bay.
  • Dragon Eye Island
  • Ngoc Vung Island
  • Quan Lan Island
  • Luon Island

Because you will have a Halong Bay 1 day cruise, so you should check to find some famous places to visit or choose some which are near each other. This helps to save time, save money but you can still get many experiences.

4. Choose boats

Next tip is about choosing boats. Please read carefully what we mention below about tips for choosing boats, so you can find one yourself.

– Choose white boats better than red or brown ones. All boats are painted white in 2012, so make sure your boat is safe to choose. If you take an old boat, you make get some problems that you do not want. Just look with your eyes and decide your ship.

– Do not choose boats with more than 30 people. In such boats like these, you can not find a place to enjoy yourself. Other people will affect your tour.  So you should choose a boat under 30 people: ask for help from a travel agency. They can choose great boats for you with good price. 

– Choose boats that can have special services. This can help you have a real adventure in Vietnam. You can choose from recommended boats above to enjoy dinner in a cave, take part in kayaking or sleeping overnight on boat.

– Choose boats which will lead you to the places you want. Each boat has its own schedule, they are not the same. You can read carefully our 3 recommended main routes, so you can choose the right cruises.

5. Three main routes for a Halong Bay 1 day cruise tour

As a traveler like to discover natural beauty, you can easily immerse yourself with romantic and mysterious landscapes in Ha Long on such great boats. Although there are many ways for you to choose a cruise, please check for these  3 main routes.

  • First route: From Tuan Chau harbor, the largest artificial harbor in Asia. That is why there are many cruises for you to choose from. You can choose from Bhaya, Paradise to Indochina Sails. There are many boats ranging from different kinds and quality to choose. 
  • Second route: You will start from Lan Ha Bay. For people who do not like crowded places, this is really a very good choice to choose. You can see a list of Lan Ha Legend cruise, Emerald cruise, and others. In this kind of tour, you can get to Cat Ba island in Hai Phong. Besides that, you can also enjoy many other islandS and great scenarios. Bai Tu Long is really a wonderful place to see.
  • Third route: Last but not least is the route from Hon Gai. This is the least touristy but many still take this. From Hon Gai harbor, you can choose Huong Gai sealife or take a better high-end boat such as Dragon Legend to start your tour. Another choice is the Swan Cruise. You can choose it for a middle budget to make your tour better.

Choose boats which are under your budget: From 3-star to 5-star (3-star: Swan Cruise, V’Spirit; 4-star: Huong Hai Sealife, Royal Wings, Orchid, Azalea; 5-star: Dragon Legend, Alisa Paradise).

Top recommended cruises

Here are some cruises you can take a look at to prepare for your tour.

1. Dragon Legend cruise

This is a famous 5-star cruise. It has a special name, and its design is really Oriental. You even can take time to learn Thai Cuc Kungfu to get better health. Dragon Legend also serves you well with its sunbathing area, wardrobe, TV, and a spa. All receptionists are fluent in English. Local food can help you get a good mood for travel. Really great to have your Halong Bay day cruise tour on this.

2. Orchid Ha Long cruise

Orchid Halong
Orchid Cruise Halong

This is really a very high-end boat for you to choose. It is close to the night market in Ha Long and you can easily enjoy the food there. The boat supplies spa rooms and a fitness center. The food is served at the restaurant or at the bar. Of course, Wi-Fi is free in all places. The boat is very suitable for travelers, especial for couples. Moreover, all needed things such as hair dryers, towels, and small refrigerators are served well.

3. Royal Wings cruise

Royal Wing- 5-star boat for luxurious Halong cruise
Royal Wing- 5-star boat for luxurious Halong cruise

This boat means wings of royal. This special name makes Royal Wings become famous. All are designed modernly with 20 cabins. These cabins are divided into 3 kinds of rooms: Executive, Royal Executive, and Royal Suite. Each room is about 24 square meter and the biggest one is  35 square meter. This is really a good choice to enjoy your Halong Bay 1 day cruise tour.

4. V’Spirit cruise

V’Spirit is a 3-star boat
V’Spirit is a 3-star boat

Our next recommended boat is V’Spirit. Like its name, the boat is very traditional from its design to its arrangement. You can have more chances to discover Vietnam culture. This can lead you to the biggest villages in Ha Long, Vung Viêng. You can see how local people live daily life and enjoy good food there. V’Spirit has small rooms at 15 square meters. Each has a winder, a mini refrigerator, a wardrobe other facilities.

We hope that you will find this helpful for your trip. If you want more information or have any further questions, feel free to contact us, the AZ Local Team. We are always at your service!



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6 MOST Important Questions for Your BEST Halong Bay Cruise

Halong Bay, one of the most famous hotspots in Asia is waiting for you. The World New Wonder of the S-shaped country has its treasure as a wide variety of beaches and natural landscape. Taking a Halong Bay cruise is, of course, the very charming way for travelers to visit its tourism sites.

A breathtaking view in Halong Bay

 Halong Bay
A breathtaking view in Halong Bay

1. Why Taking Halong Bay Cruises

Halong Bay is one of the most famous spots, not only in Vietnam but also in Indochina. The name has become more and more popular since the UNESCO recognized it as world heritage. In a peaceful country like Vietnam, Halong Bay seems to be an outstanding point to people all over the world. Every year, there are thousands of people coming to visit the beauty of this area.

There are 5 reasons why you should take a Halong Bay cruise:

  • Halong Bay has long clean beaches, which attracts many travelers for its natural beauty. Taking Halong cruise tours, you can, of course, see how nice it is and immerse yourself well in nature.
  • Being known as new Wonder of the world, Ha Long Bay recognized UNESCO world heritage is a spectacular hotspot in Asia.
  • Many kinds of boats from high-end, mid- quality to normal brings you wide options for your Halong Bay Cruise tours.
  • You can enjoy a tour without worrying about hotels, food or traffic 
  • Safe and great for both privates and families to enjoy.

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2. Best Places To Visit During Your Best Halong Bay Cruise

There are many places in Halong that you can visit during your tour. This area owns a list of islands and islets so that you can spend many days to discover each one.

This world heritage will never let you down because of its majestic and unique beauty. More than 1600 islands with many famous stories are what you should never miss in your tour. Coming to Halong in Quang Ninh, enjoying the cool weather and adventure its food, so amazing your Halong Bay cruise! Right now, we will let you know the best destinations in Halong to make your tour the best ever!

Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay is among top hotspots in Vietnam
  • Bai Tu Long Bay: it is the place you can visit many islands and beaches such as Co To, Van Don beach,  Me Cung cave, Tam Cung cave, Bai Tho mountain and so on.
  • Titop island:  its name was given by Ho Chi Minh, the beloved president of Vietnam. 
  • Sung Sot grotto: this cave can hold more than 1000 people.
  • Thien Cung cave:  which is one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay with more than 10.000 square meters.
  • Hon Trong Mai: the symbol of Halong Tourism.

There are many other island and caves you can visit during your Halong cruise tour such as Lan Ha Bay, Vung Vieng fishing village, Cat Ba island, Tuan Chau island and so on. 

3. How To Choose Boats for Your Best Halong Bay Cruise?

Choosing a good boat is the key to have a good cruise Halong tour.

Please notice that the right boat is really important. That helps you get good sleep, have a good view and enjoy good food. Well, is that a suitable boat for me? you can ask many times this question. Just list things below and this can help you know what you can do next.

Decide how long you want to stay:

If you want to stay just 1 day, you can ask for this service, but 2 days 1 night is more often served, so please be careful. Schedule of each boat is different. In case you want to spend 2 or 3 days in Halong, you need to choose the travel company which can help you set a good schedule to save time and money.

Halong Bay 1 day Cruise Tips

Decide where to go:

If you want to visit Bai Tu Long Bay, the schedule is different from visiting Tuan Chau island. That is the reason why you need to decide where to go, where you want to visit during your time in Halong. The places you visit will lead to the cruise you book and the money you pay for.

How much money do you have:

If you have little money, you can not choose the best boats, 5-star boats are expensive, all know that. You have to know about your budget before booking a boat. There is a long list of boats from 5-star to 3-star for you to choose. Search information from the internet or ask the tour company and book the most suitable one.

How to book your boat:

This is the most important. Some think that asking from hotels is a good idea, but in fact, it is not. You should search on the internet for reviews of the boat. One more thing, you should also ask your friends who have got there before. You need all the information. Choosing an online company for booking is also ok, but it is not the cheapest way. Choosing a travel company or travel agency. Why? Because they have a good price for you. 

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Care about how much a boat can hold.

If the number is more than 30, that is too much and you can not do things well. You should care about the number and of course how large the boat is. You need somewhere to rest, to sunbathe, so do not try to have a seat in just a full boat but cheap.

White is better than red.

In fact, many boats in Halong are painted in white. This is a signal for you to know if it is an old or a new one. Too old boats cannot be safe enough for your tour. Do not use your eyes of art, use your mind after that.

4. What Kinds of Cruise do You Want To Enjoy? The Cruise Glossary.

A luxury Halong Bay Cruise is related to the 5-star boat.
A luxury Halong Bay Cruise is related to the 5-star boat.

To have a good Halong Bay cruise tour, you need to choose the right kind of cruise to book. There are a lot of kinds which have different features. This is a short list of them:

  • Luxury Cruising( Hera cruise, Dragon legend, Paradise cruise, Au Co cruise and so on):  Luxury cruise is related to 5-star boats and offers top rooms and cabins.
  • Deluxe Cruising( Syrena cruise, Dragon’s Pearl, Pelican, Paloma and so on): A cruise offers cabins and services of 3-star boats, a good way to save money but can still have a good Halong Bay cruise.
  • Superior Cruise( Lavender, V’Spirit, Glory, Phoenix and so on): Cruises offer services and facilities good enough at the lowest price of the decent standard.
  • Private Cruise/ Charter: Cruises offer for only you or your group, your own schedule.
  • Indochine style: Cruise with style influenced much by French over 3 countries including Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.
  • Cabin/ suite: A cruise offers different rooms at different sizes.
  • Shuttle bus: A cruise that offers a shuttle bus or a public bus.
  • Force majeure: You have not to pay money for its cancelation as a result of the government restriction or bad weather.

5. Halong Bay Cruise 2022: Self-sufficient or  Booking Through a Travel Agency?

Should we have a self-sufficient tour or book it through a travel agency?

Should you choose to have your own tour by searching for information from the internet and try to book a boat and a hotel on your on? Or you will ask your friend to find a good agency and need their help? 

  • Self-sufficient: it is a good way to save money but it is quite difficult for you to book a good boat at a good price. None can help you whenever you get trouble and sometimes it is dangerous when the weather is not good.
  • Through an agency: the expense is not too expensive, you can have a good price while booking a boat. The agency has a good relationship to help their customers choose the best hotel, best boat, and best schedule. It is also a safe way when traveling alone.

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6. How about Top Halong Bay Cruise FAQs?

Being a smart visitor, you should know something below to behave and to have the best Halong Bay cruises ever.

  • Should we tip on the boat? Tipping is important, and it is higher on boats than other tours.
  • Should we check the information carefully? Many things are included, but to be smart, you should check as if your drink in a list of them. It is normal that the drink is often not included
  • Is it necessary to search for special service? Yes. In Vietnam, you can enjoy the sunset cruise with dinner or sleeping overnight on the sea. Such services are served by some boats only. Choosing what you want, so you can know which boat to choose.
  • What about a good plan to enjoy in Halong Bay? Having a clear plan for where to go, how long to stay and how much budget you have. You know exactly and clearly, your tour is, of course, you can save time, save money when choosing the services.
  • What should we do for changing of weather? Good preparation for changing of weather in Vietnam. The weather in Vietnam is variable. Especially in some destinations like Ha Long and Mekong, sometimes waves are quite strong. You should know before you go. It is better.
  • How to get to Halong Bay? You can book a flight to get to Halong. It is easy and popular. You do not need to take time on 2 buses. Just ask your local tour or your travel company to get good information.
  • Is the food safe for my stomach? Good mood to try the best food ever. Well, Vietnam is a heaven of food. Seafood is amazing. You can enjoy the great things that you expect.
  • Is it important to be on time? Please be on time. No boats stop for just only you. It is not like a normal tour, you must be on time if booking a boat. There are many others who will go with you.

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Tips for a good Halong Bay cruise:

  • Prepare cool clothes for outdoor activities like kayaking. This can help you flexible when moving on boats and be willing for any activities.
  • Use shoes instead of a high heel. Forget them! Sure, shoes make you safer on boats.
  • Prepare sunbathing cream to protect your sensitive skin. It is hotter when you are higher on boats.
  • Having a cap or a hat is really a smart choice to protect you from the sun above.
  • Preparing antihistamines in case you cannot enjoy seafood like others. Some can get troubles with seafood, so prepare some medicines for you and your team.
  • Do not bring expensive jewelry or necklaces. To be safe when you take part in many activities. You can not find them when it drops. You are on the sea.
  • Having cash is better than many of credits. You can find no ATM on the sea. What about the case that you need to buy something but running out of money? Good preparation is better, is that right?
  • Being careful and check well for your documents. Yes, papers are really important. You can not get back to take them. No!
  • Preparing a good camera because things are so beautiful and unique. It is a pity if your camera cannot work in such a wonderful tour in Vietnam. There are many majestic and amazing landscapes.

Well, with much more than you can expect, we want to give you great tours ever. Reading this article carefully, again and again, and you can set your own tour, a wonderful tour. Let’s go for your Halong Bay cruise this year, 2022, and enjoy your happy days with your family and friends.



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Hanoikids Tour Booking | Book Hanoikids Tours

All about ✅ HANOIKIDS TOUR that you should know before doing the Free Tour.


Let’s see how Hanoikids tour work.

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.

1. 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.

2.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.

3. 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.

Temple of literature – Hanoikids Tour

Temple of literature – Hanoikids Tour
Temple of literature – Hanoikids Tour

University students taking a journalist voluntarily from Singapore around Hanoi as a the way to learn English and help travelers know more about Hanoi.

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.

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 8:30 – 11:30 & 13:30 – 16:30
  • Address: 58 Quoc Tu Giam, Van Mieu, Dong Da,
  • Hanoi Price Range: VND 30,000/Adult ( VND 15.000 with Card Students)Ho Chi Minh complex – Hanoikids Tour

HCM Complex is the second place if you book a Hanoikids Tour

Ho Chi Minh Complex
Hanoikids tour to Ho Chi Minh Complex

The Ho Chi Minh complex consists of the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, living space of president Ho Chi Minh, the Ho Chi Minh Museum and One Pillar Pagoda.

  • For further information you can read : Ho Chi Minh Complex
  • Note: Visitors are required to wear shirts with sleeves and pants under knees.

Hoa Lo Prison – Hanoikids Tour

Hoa Lo Prison
Hoa Lo Prison On Hanoikids Tour

The political prison built by French to arrest vietnamese prisoners 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

Hanoikids Tripadvisors

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

Highly recommended,

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.

Hanoikids Tour reports from guides.

Report 1. 10/2019. Nga

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. 10/2019.

“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.


Hanoikids Forum

Hanoikids forum is where Kids could discuss a lot of topic like how to be a informative, professional tour guide or even common talks as other forum.

How to book free Hanoikids tours

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. access Hanoikids official website to book their free city tours!

Besides, there are also many student-run organizations providing tourists with the free tour services as Hanoikids in Hanoi. Such us Hanoi Free Tour Guides, Hanoi Free Walking Tours, Hanoi Free Local Tours.

They all have excellent reviews on Tripadvisor, so if hanoikids tour booking of yours is difficult, or in the waiting list, consider visiting Hanoi Free Local Tours to raise the chance!


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Hanoi Coffee | About The Best Coffee in Vietnam

I, Hanoi Coffee Culture

I.1 Overview of Coffee in Hanoi

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 Americans.
  • 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

Giảng Café

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)

Nhân Café

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)

Lâm Café

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)

Năng Café

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

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

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 not help but 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.

Written by Kalyn.


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Hanoi Things To-do

19 Best Things To Do in Hanoi: At Night and Around Hanoi [2022]

After surveying over 10,000 foreign tourists visiting Hanoi, as a local tour guide, I will now give you a list of the 19 best things to do in Hanoi.

Besdies Top 21 things to do in Hanoi, you can find these articles below useful

The Constellation of Literature pavilion
The beauty of The Constellation of Literature pavilion (Khue Van Cac) – the symbol of Hanoi

I. Things to do & see IN Hanoi (Both Attractions & activities)

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Hanoi Free Tour Guides have got many 5 star-review on tripadvisor

Free Tour Guide reviewsStudent-led tours: Hanoi Free Local Tours offers a variety of city tours, all led by student volunteers. The group aims to provide visitors a better understanding of the city while giving Vietnamese students a chance to improve their English.

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  1. Temple of Literature

If you want to the cultural signature of Vietnam then you have to go to Temple of Literature

Temple of Literature in Hanoi is not only a historical place representing the long progress of Vietnamese culture. It made a big contribution on both Confucian civilization in Vietnam and human culture in the world also. Temple of literature was ranked as the cultural and historical site on 28th April, 1962.


Hanoi City Tour Map

2. Visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh is considered as the great father of Vietnam, who dedicated his life to save the country from invaders.

The construction project started on the 2nd  of September 1973 and completed on the 21st  of August 1975.

When you come to Ho Chi Minh mausoleum at night , you will see a pretty and peaceful night space which attracts a lot of people’s eyes. It is Ba Dinh square that taking off and raising flag ceremonies are hold every morning and evening.

Ho Chi Minh Complex
Ho Chi Minh Complex


  • Address: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hung Vuong Street, Ba Dinh District
  • Opening days : Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Opening hours : 07:30 -11:00
  • Ticket Price: VND 25.000 (~$1)


  • Dress code: No shorts or miniskirts.
  • Other: Stay silent. No smoking, no arm cross. Only filming when allowed.
  • Recommended: Hanoi City Tours (Price $0) With AZ Local NPO

3. Walking around Hoan Kiem Lake

Almost all travelers stay in the old quarter, this may take 10 minutes from your hotel to the first stop Hoan Kiem Lake (The Heart of Hanoi).

If your hotel is not in the old quarter, the best way to get the is taking a taxi (Uber or Grab are popular as well).

Hoan Kiem Lake
Hoan Kiem Lake

Activities: interesting cultural activities especially in the weekend – Walking Street (from Friday to Sunday)


  • Dress code: No shorts or miniskirts.
  • Other: Stay silent. No smoking, no arm cross. Only filming when allowed
  • Recommended: Hanoi Free Walking Tours
Hanoi City Tour Map
Hanoi City Tour Map

4. Sightseeing from Long Bien Bridge


Interested in sightseeing?

Long Bien bridge becomes the usual spot for people to hang around at night. You might wonder what to do there?

Nothing could be better than seeing the Red River—while sitting in a small corner, eating some baked corns and potatoes by locals. It’s a cozy and relaxing experience.

5. Hoa Lo Prison

Maison Centrale in Hanoi, also known as Hoa Lo Prison or the ‘Hanoi Hilton’, housed Vietnamese revolutionaries and American POWs during the Vietnam War.

The fortress was once a vast colonial-style prison, most of which was torn down in the 1990s.

Hoa Lo Prison
Hoa Lo Prison
  • Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 11:30 and 13:30 – 17:00
  • Address: 1 Hoa Lo Street, Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
  • Tel: +84 43 824 6358 Price Range: VND 30,000
  • Recommended activities: Hanoi Free City Tour with HFLT

6. Visiting Hanoi Opera House

 Hanoi Opera House
Inspired by the famous Opéra Garnier Theater in Paris, the Hanoi Opera House is actually a massive architectural work of its time

Inspired by the famous Opéra Garnier Theater in Paris, the Hanoi Opera House is actually a massive architectural work of its time

If you want to see the landmark of Hanoi—then you must check out The Opera House. The place is located in the French Quarter in Hanoi.

To get more about the Opera House


  • Address: No.01 Trang Tien Street
  • Opening hours: 8:00 – 22:00
  • Ticket Price: VND 400.000 (~$20)

Or you can book a free tour for French Quarter Free French Quarter Walking Tour

7. A cup of special coffee

The top 1 drink in Hanoi, you should not miss, top 17 special coffee in the world, and Top 1 you will remember in Hanoi for a drink

Egg coffee- 39 Nguyen Huu Huan Street
Egg coffee- 39 Nguyen Huu Huan Street

You can have the detailed information and get a free local guide to tell you information about Old Quarter Below.

This Hanoi walk takes us through the colonial architecture of the precinct known as the French Quarter. The Opera House, The Metropole Hotel, the Vietnam History Museum and other important architectural and historical landmarks are located here. And there are plenty of other interesting street scenes as well.

8. Shopping at Dong Xuan Market

Dong Xuan market
Dong Xuan market has many food stalls

If you are a shopaholic, you cannot miss Dong Xuan market – A paradise for shopping. Dong Xuan market is the busiest and most popular traditional market of Hanoi.


  • Address: Dong Xuan Street.
  • Opening hours: 8:00 – 18:00

Recommended: Hanoi Free Old Quarter Walking Tour

9. St.Joseph’s Cathedral

An Neo-Gothic Cathedral located in the heart of Hanoi Capital, Saint Joseph Cathedral is the representative evidence of the French colonial architecture.

Want to see some European construction?

You must go to St.Joseph’s Cathedral!

The church was built by the French in December 1886. It is the oldest church in Hanoi.


  • Address: No.40 Nha Chung Street
  • Opening hours: Usually closed by noon
  • Recommended: Hanoi Free Walking Tours

10. Visiting Tran Quoc Pagoda

If you love religious places then you should go to Tran Quoc pagoda.

Located on a small peninsula on West Lake, Tran Quoc is extremely magnificent. The pagoda is considered as the most ancient pagoda in Hanoi with its history line of more than 1,500 years. In 1962, Tran Quoc pagoda was listed as historical heritage of Vietnam.


  • Address: Thanh Niên Street
  • Opening hours: 8:00 – 20:00


  • Dress code: No shorts or miniskirts.
  • Other: Stay silent. No smoking, no arm cross. Only filming when allowed.

All things above are cover by Hanoi Free Tours with locals

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11. Visiting Museum of Ethnology

Unique wooden sculptures at the museum
Unique wooden sculptures at the museum

Are you interested in different cultures of vietnam?

If so then go to Museum of  Ethnology .

Coming to Museum of Ethnology you get to see the traditional features of 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam. You will learn about how different ethnics group carry out their marry, funeral, their clothing and their entertainment.


  • Address: Nguyen Van Huyen Street
  • Opening hours: 8:00 – 20:00
  • Ticket Price: VND 40.000 (~$2)
  • Recommended: Hanoi City Tours (Price $0) With AZ Local NPO

12. Visiting Bat Trang Village

An excitement of a tourist when trying to do a vase himself in Bat Trang Village
An excitement of a tourist when trying to do a vase himself in Bat Trang Village

Interested in Vietnam traditional porcelain?

Come and join pottery class—have an interesting experience in how to make pottery product by yourself.

Bat Trang Pottery Village has the longest tradition of making pottery in Vietnam. The pottery here is diverse in their styles and shapes. One of the best thing here is you can see for real the artisans making pottery. You can also create your own pottery products by joining a workshop.


  • Address: Bat Trang Commune, Gia Lam District.
  • Distance: 10km or 30 minutes by car/motorbike.
  • Opening hours: 8:00 – 20:00
The common scene of crowded Ta Hien street
The common scene of crowded Ta Hien street

13. Drinking cold beer

Drinking cool beer is a common thing to do in Hanoi at night, it can also be considered  the best thing to do in Hanoi at night.

Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen Street are the most popular places to grab some beer. It’s always crowded at night when a lot of locals and foreigners enjoy beer together. Now it has become a gathering destination for party lovers. Grabbing some beer, feeling the music and having fun with locals and foreigners would be great to spend your night.


  • Address: Ta Hien Street, Luong Ngoc Quyen Street
  • Price: 20.000 VND (~$1)/glass or 80.000 VND (~$4) for a bottle

14. Watching Water Puppet Show in Hanoi

The traditional puppets in a Water Puppet Show in Thang Long theater
The traditional puppets in a Water Puppet Show in Thang Long theater

Interested in traditional cultural art?

You should see Water puppet show in Hanoi.

This traditional performing art has been existing for more than a thousand year. And now it has become the symbol of art of Vietnam. Water puppet show is a Vietnamese folk culture performing the life of  Vietnamese farmers (catching fishes, tending buffalo, cultivating …) or historical legends.


  • Address: 57b Dinh Tien Hoang Street
  • Opening hours: 15:30, 17:00, 18:30, 20:00, 21:15 and Sunday at 09:30
  • Ticket Price: Around VND 60.000-100.000 (~$3- 5)

15. Visiting Skyline Observation Deck

Want to explore a different view of Hanoi?

Go to Hanoi Lotte observation deck, which is near by Skywalk. Standing on the 65th floor of Lotte center, at that height, you can clearly see the beautiful and sparkling view of Hanoi.


  • Address: 54 Lieu Giai Street (Lotte Center buiding), Ba Dinh district.
  • Ticket Price: 200.000 VND (~$9)

16. Eating Street food

Street food in Hanoi
Street food in Hanoi

If you are a true foodie then you must go to Hang Buom Street at night. You could not imagine how many things you could do and could eat there.

At night, there are many kinds of tasty Street food being served in every single corners. There are so many kinds of food for you to try including: barbecued beef, Che, Banh Troi Tau, hot pot and so on. Nothing could be better than having some food while walking on the Street enjoying your night.


  • Address: Hang Buom Street
  • Ticket Price: VND 20.000-30.000/dish (~$1,5)

II. Things to around & Out of Hanoi

17. Visiting Ninh Binh Province

Trang An complex in Ninh Binh is the best choice for busy travelers. Just one day tour package includes dozens of must-see sites.

Trang An now draws more and more attention to its tourism activities. The tour covers religious worship, history, boating, excavation learning, and an optional cycling choice for those who loves biking.

Things to do out of Hanoi
Things to do out of Hanoi
  • Address: Ninh Binh Province
  • Distance: 100km from Hanoi, 2.5 hours by car/bus
  • Ticket Price: VND 200.000/pax (~$8) for boating.
  • Recommended Tour: Hoa Lu Tam Coc (Ask for advice from them they are top.1 Tour operator in Ninh Binh)

18. Visiting Ha Long Bay

As one of the top things to do in the northe Vietnam, recommended by Tripadvisor Halong Bay is totally worthy

Designated a World Heritage site in 1994, Halong Bay is a vision of ethereal beauty and, unsurprisingly, northern Vietnam’s number one tourism hub.

Losts of travelers do not know How many days they should spend in Halong Bay

A breathtaking view in Halong Bay
A breathtaking view in Halong Bay

Activities to do in Ha Long bay includes: Floating on the boat, visiting caves, sun set party, cooking class, enjoying kayaking to discover Halong Bay…


  • Address: Quang Ninh Province
  • Distance: 180 km from Hanoi or 4 hours by bus
  • Recommended: Day trip: Halong Bay one day tour

Tips to Choose Halong Bay Cruises

  1. Visiting Sapa

The natural landscape of Sa Pa is combined with people’s creativity along with the terrain of the mountains, the green of the forest.

The picture of Sa Pa is arranged in a harmonious arrangement to create a region with many romantic poetry and attractive scenes

Sa Pa
Sa Pa


  • Address: Lao Cai Province
  • Distance: 317km from Hanoi or 5 hours by bus.
Travel with Hanoi Free Local Tours to get the best local experience ever
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You’ve seen all 21 things to do in Hanoi and around.

With this list – from now on – you won’t be run out of things to do in Hanoi.

And other 8 best Hanoi Travel Agencies

Let’s grab your belongings and start your journey.


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Hanoi Things To-do


In this essay I would like to introduce you all about “How to get a suitable haircut in Hanoi”.

Now, with the rapid development of the Hair- art in Hanoi, it will be very difficult for you to find a Haircut Shop, which is suitable for your age, money and appetite. Below is the information I would like to share with you!

No matter how are you careful you have never prepared and predicted everything in your abroad travel. So, why not care about it and enjoy new things in your trip. Let us Hanoi Free Local Tours help you! You feel uncomfortable about your hair in summer days in Hanoi or you want to change style of your hair. And you wonder where the suitable hair salons in Hanoi. This below article will supply for you useful information about the famous addresses of famous haircut salons as well as the good price of them.

1. Famous Addresses of famous haircut salons in Hanoi:

Travellers to Hanoi always have plenty of choices, and the very amazing kind of hair shop is only in pavement of Vietnam. It is not difficult for you to catch the sight of a man with simple set of tools ( a chair, a mirror, scissors, cutter and razor…) are cutting at every corner in the heart of Hanoi capital.

I recommend some places where you might have the best services and the style of hair satisfying yourself. Especially, all staff can speak English!

  • Dinh Hair Salon: 2a Cua Bac, Hanoi T: (0987) 718 899
  • in.M Hairdressing
    48b Ly Thuong Kiet, Hanoi T: (04) 3939 3907
  • Tran Hung Hair Creation
    5 Ho Xuan Huong, Hanoi T: (04) 3943 4946

    For men

It seems to be a good choice for men who want a quick trim or shave. In contrast, cutting hair on the pavement means you are taking a bit of risk because they are just amateur hairdressers. And the price is variable. For locals they will pay from 15.000 dong to 30.000 dong, but foreigners are expected to pay a little more.

Normally, those kinds of hair salon are not for girls who are always looking for a satisfying style even a perfect one. Some big, prestigious hairdressing salons are highly recommended for you.

     For women

In usual case, women will have to pay much more money, because there are many different services they want to do such as getting their hair straightened, dyed, curled, purmed, and shampoo….and each service you want has its own price.

2. The average Prices of Salon Hairs in Hanoi:


Shampoo services

Basic Service

50.000-> 70.000 VNĐ

Regular Clients

40.000-> 60.000 VNĐ

High Service

70.000-> 100.000 VNĐ

Regular Clients

60.000-> 80.000 VNĐ



Skin Care Services

Basic Service

140.000-> 160.000 VNĐ

Regular Clients

120.000-> 140.000 VNĐ

Fruit Mask

50.000-> 70.000 VNĐ

Regular Clients

40.000-> 60.000 VNĐ

VIP Mask

80.000-> 100.000 VNĐ

Peel Acne

30.000 VNĐ

Skin Scrub

30.000 VNĐ



Hair Steam Services

Length: 3-> 20 cm

Basic Services

210.000-> 250.000 VNĐ
Regular Clients

190.000-> 220.000 VNĐ

Length: 21-> 70 cm

Basic Services

280.000-> 320.000 VNĐ

Regular Clients

250.000-> 300.000 VNĐ



Haircut Services

Cut, Shampoo and Dry for Men  

Basic Services

70.000-> 100.000 VNĐ  
Regular Clients

60.000-> 80.000 VNĐ

Cut, Shampoo and Dry for Women  

Basic Services

120.000-> 150.000 VNĐ  
Regular Clients

100.000-> 130.000 VNĐ

For Children


40.000 VNĐ 

60.000 VNĐ


                                                 Straighten Hair

Length: 2-> 20 cm

Basic Services

600.000đ-> 800.00đ
Regular Clients

550.000đ-> 700.000đ

Length: 21-> 70 cm  

Basic Serices

700.000đ-> 900.000đ
Reqular Clients

600.000đ-> 800.000đ



Dye Hair

Length: 3->7 cm

Basic Services

600.000đ-> 700.000 đ

Length: 10->30cm

Basic Services

650.000đ-> 750.000đ

Length: 30-> 70cm

Basic Services

750.000đ-> 850.000đ

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Ngọc Thắng,


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Hanoi Itinerary

3 days in Hanoi | BEST things to do in Hanoi for 3 days 2 nights

3 days Hanoi itinerary – What to do in Hanoi for 3 days 2 nights

When my friends visit Hanoi, they show me their lists with long of tourist attractions, interesting things to do and asking me to suggest a Hanoi itinerary. Due to the short amount of time, it is challenging for them to get in local life and have fulfilling experience in Hanoi.

As a local and culture explorer in Hanoi for more than 20 years, I gave them my recommended  3 days Hanoi itinerary for unforgettable experience here.

You can get a Free Advice on Your Itineary by filling in the form. Local Supporter will contact and help you out with the customized Itinerary (Based on your travel style and budget.

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Hanoi itinerary 4 days (If you like)

Day 1: The Old Quarter

Feel the vibrant local lifestyle

Like other locals, I start my day with pho – a fresh bowl of noodle and beef or chicken that fill in my full energy to begin a busy working day!

Pho ha noi
Pho – Vietnam’s signature dish, comprising rice noodles in a flavourful soup with meat and various greens, plus a side of nuoc cham (fermented fish)

Pho can be found in every street of Hanoi, in a luxury restaurant or in a street food store. I usually begin my busy working day with a bowl in a restaurant nearby The Old Quarter.

Early morning is the best time for you to immerse yourself in local daily lifestyle. Take a seat in a street restaurant and let’s enjoy pho like a local in Hanoi!

Explore the traditional side

Then, be friend of Hanoi by taking a walk around The Old Quarter.

The Old Quarter is called “where all stories happen” for twenty-something locals like us. Much of Hanoi charm lies in the Old Quarter, but sometimes you need a little local knowledge to locate them.

Hanoi Old Quater
Old Quater – must visit destination when coming to Hanoi – capital of Vietnam

Nearby and around The Old Quarter is another local highly-recommended attractions. I will feature and steer you towards some of the historical, cultural destinations in Hanoi including Hoan Kiem Lake,  Ngoc Son Temple, Hanoi Opera House, Bach Ma Temple…

If you want to save your time and visit as many as possible places, I suggest you to hire yourself a motorbike and transport like a local in Hanoi. Remember to wear helmet and bring your ID with you.

Or more convenient, you can explore Hanoi with a free local guide in motorbike.

It is double-benefit option because you can learn not only about destinations but also can listen to local stories and knowledge that only local can share.

Book a tour Hanoi Free Walking Tours

Never miss a cup of egg coffee

“What is egg coffee?”. I received a lot of the same questions about the “weird” coffee in Hanoi from my foreign friends. My answer for these questions is to take them to my favorite cafe that offer the best local taste of egg coffee.

Egg Coffee
A decadent blend of coffee, whipped egg, and butter have made this wartime invention a modern-day favorite.

It is enough for your fruitful day in Hanoi, relax and get ready for the second exciting day!

More detailed you can find in One Day in Hanoi

Day 2: Uncover the modern Hanoi

Bat Trang Pottery Village

In the second day, you can have a banh mi for your breakfast. With pho, banh mi (Vietnamese bread) is highlighted as Vietnam representatives on the world cuisine map.

Locals can eat banh mi for breakfast, for lunch or dinner. It is convenient and full of protein for your trip to Bat Trang Pottery Village.

However, Bat Trang Village is quite far from the center of Hanoi. You should get up early and know exactly how to get there. My suggestion for you is to use Bus 47 from Long Bien bus stop. If you have any question about this issue, you can contact us or book a free local tour.

Long Bien Bridge

After short trip to Bat Trang Village, you can visit Long Bien Bridge – our local pride on bravery and courage of Vietnam through country’s long history.

Long Bien Bridge is more than 100 years old bridge,  built by French during French war.  Whenever I walk across Long Bien Bridge, I feel proud of my hometown and appreciate what I have today.

This bridge means to us as a symbol of sacrifice for country freedom and history witness of Hanoi development.

Long Bien bride - The Historical Witness Of Hanoi
Long Bien Bridge – a witness to the resilience of Hanoi in the two resistance wars

Bat Trang pottery village and Long Bien bridge takes you a morning and a haft of afternoon, then what should you do next?

Enjoy tea in local style!

Fully participated in above activities, I must be very thusty! Why not try drink a cup of tea in local style!

Tea (tra), local tea is different from British tea or American tea. Such kind of tea is unable to be found in any place in this world.

Street ice tea
Iced tea is an essential but uncelebrated element of Vietnamese dining culture & social life of Vietnam

On Tripadvisor, many tourists are curious about preschool sized chair on the street. It might be pretty funny at the first time you see it and if you are tall, you might have issues sitting on.

If you want to have a travel local buddy to take seat, have a chat like a local, contact us!

Day 3: A full amazing day like a local

Watch Water Puppet Show

Water puppet show
Popular tourist spot in Hanoi, the most common performance in Vietnam

I have watched Water puppet show many times in some important festivals in Hanoi. If you want to watch this show, there are two theaters near the Old Quarter for you to choose.

Eat like a local

Vietnamese local food is highlighted on the top cuisine magazines in the world by Chef Gordon Ramsay, USA President Barack Obama…

The reason is not mainly about the local passion for food but also about the creativity of locals and our commitment to change, adapt new things, learn new techniques and put their heart on cooking!

Spend your afternoon in a street food tour, explore every hidden corners and taste a single unforgettable dish in Hanoi.

If you are too lazy to search about must-try foods in Hanoi but desire to taste all, contact for detailed guide and support! We are free local guide and also foodie, photographers that up-level your experience in Hanoi to the much more awesome!

Shopping like a local

If you are a passionate shopper, I must be your friend ^^ Whenever I visit different city and other country, I love to go shopping and buy myself, my family and friends local gifts. However, I normally was upset of buying fake products and overcharged local gifts. I do not ever want you to face the same problems and have bad experience in my city.

Listen to my local tips that I applied smartly in my trips:

  • Ask about the price before deciding to buy it. Ask them firstly to know how much it costs, then ask them again to make sure that they say the “reasonable” price for you!
  • Use Vietnam Dong (local currency). Local stores are rarely acceptable to card payment. You should convert your money into Vietnam Dong for more convenience.
  • Be accompanied by a free local guide. Why not? It is the best way to make sure you won’t be overcharged and have awesome local experience in Hanoi.

Capture the young spirit

You won’t ever know a city without exploring the young and nightlife here!

Hanoi is young city with rapid change everyday. The city offers no-where-the-same experience in this world with busy and exciting night life.

Street performance on street walking
Street performance on street walking are common activities on the weekend

Finally, I hope that my local tips and Hanoi Itinerary for 3-day-suggestions would give you useful information and support you to get prepared before you visit Hanoi. If you have any question, contact us!

We selected information on Wikitravel Hanoi, and our local tour guides working for at least 5 year experience for this article.

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