From Tai Chi in the park to traditional water puppetry, feel the pulse of Hanoi on this immersive cultural tour.

5 Days, 4 Nights     FROM US$ 556 PER PERSON

On this 5-day tour of Hanoi culture and cuisine, you’ll discover the city’s proud history and vibrant modern-day life. Wake early to discover the city coming to life at sunrise, as noodle shops open for breakfast and locals practice Tai Chi at Hoan Kiem Lake. Wander the narrow alleyways of Hanoi’s Old Quarter and shop in its bustling neighborhood markets. Journey through picturesque plains to ancient villages, and visit some of the capital’s most important landmarks and temples.

Your Hanoi cultural tour is full of surprises. Absorb the fascinating history of the Temple of Literature, where students studied Confucius for centuries. Then revel in the story of Vietnam’s famous revolutionary, Ho Chi Minh, at his revered mausoleum, where the nation’s deep respect for “Uncle Ho” is still tangible.

On an excursion out of the cosmopolitan city, you’ll travel through picturesque countryside dotted with mountains to an ancient agricultural village. At Duong Lam, you’ll get unique glimpses at centuries-old architecture and temples that abound in sculptures and artwork. Back in the capital, take the opportunity to join local hosts at their home for an authentic Vietnamese meal. You’ll also try your hand at puppet painting and watch a traditional water puppet show at an artisan studio. But of course, you can’t leave Hanoi without joining the locals and learning Tai Chi from a master. As you sip Vietnamese-style coffee by the lake, you’ll have ample time to reflect on the unique experiences you enjoyed on this Hanoi cultural tour.


“An enchanting—and tasty—tour of our colorful capital.”

Truong Thu Lan, Backyard Travel Vietnam Specialist


Practice Tai Chi with a master alongside locals at Hoan Kiem Lake
Enjoy a home-cooked Vietnamese meal with a local Hanoi family in their home
Paint traditional water puppets at the studio of a renowned local puppeteer
Stroll through the ancient structures of Duong Lam Village

Daily Itinerary


  • Daily Itinerary
  • Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

    Step off the plane at Noi Bai International Airport ready for your Hanoi cultural tour! You’ll be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Be enthralled by the city’s vibrant hustle and bustle among tree-lined boulevards, colonial villas and tranquil lakes on the 1-hour journey into town.
    After check-in, visit the Temple of Literature, which offers a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s culture. Established in 1076, it is the site of Vietnam’s first university and a rare example of well-preserved traditional architecture. Students at the university studied the principles of Confucianism, literature and poetry for over 700 years! Open Tuesday through Sunday (excluding public holidays).
    Soak up the historical impact of the father of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh. First, marvel at the majestic marble edifice of the mausoleum, where his revered body lies embalmed. Continue to his former home in the late 1950s and 1960s—a modest wooden house on stilts, set in a well-kept garden with a fishpond.
    Stop off at the One Pillar Pagoda, a beautiful 11th-century wooden structure built to resemble a lotus blossom floating on the water.
    An optional site for today is the Vietnam Women’s Museum, which showcases Vietnam’s vast cultural diversity and the significant role of women in society, both historically and in modern day. If time permits—or if you choose this as an alternative stop on your itinerary—we’ll explore this highly acclaimed museum.
    Enjoy traditional cuisine for dinner in the center of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Our host learned her culinary skills from her grandmother, who cooked for the French elite in the 1930s.

    Overnight in Hanoi

    Meals included: Dinner

  • Day 2: Hanoi – Duong Lam – Tay Phuong – Hanoi

    Rise early for breakfast and set off on your cultural tour into the captivating countryside of northern Vietnam. Travel 1.5 hours through Hanoi and the picturesque plains of the Red River Delta to Duong Lam Village. This ancient agricultural village has preserved its quaint 100-year-old houses. Admire the architecture of a traditional village entrance and a historic temple. Stroll through narrow alleyways and observe the old ways of life. Sit down for a local meal in a century-old house.

    After lunch your temple adventure awaits. Drive through the village to Mia Pagoda, a famous 15th-century pagoda with an astounding 287 statues and famous sculptures. Then, before returning to Hanoi, you’ll visit two revered temples in the historic village, Ngo Quyen Temple and Phung Hung Temple. En route, we’ll stop at Tay Phuong Pagoda. Set on a lake, this stunning pagoda was one of the first built in Vietnam. Admire the magnificent dragons and demons carved into the wooden roof before returning to Vietnam’s capital.

    Dine at a resort villa restaurant for dinner.

    Overnight in Hanoi

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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  • Day 3: Hanoi

    Ready for a day of cultural exploration? After breakfast, head to a local Hanoi suburb off the beaten track and spend the day immersed in Vietnamese culture. Begin at a small local market with vendors offering fresh seafood, fruit, vegetables and traditional snacks. Continue wandering through the small streets, and discover the daily life of Hanoi’s residents. Take a refreshing coffee break beside a peaceful lake before making your way through the hidden lanes past a pagoda to a historic temple.

    For lunch, we’ll be invited into a typical Hanoian home and enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal. Exchange stories of your home country with your friendly hosts. Afterwards, we’ll say goodbye and set off through the narrow streets to a beautiful lake and a hidden local market.

    A cultural tour of Hanoi isn’t complete without a water puppet performance! After the market, you’ll take a short drive to the house of a well-known puppeteer for a workshop and 30-minute performance that tells stories of Vietnam’s ancient and modern traditions. Paint your own wooden puppets and appreciate a first-hand experience of this historic local craft.

    Overnight in Hanoi
    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

  • Day 4: Hanoi

    Awake at sunrise and travel to Hanoi’s Long Bien market—the largest wholesale market in northern Vietnam. The market comes alive as the sun rises, with buyers hustling to purchase the best produce. This is an unforgettable local market experience.

    Next, we’ll head to downtown Hanoi for a typical Vietnamese breakfast—a delicious bowl of pho, or Vietnamese noodle soup. Continue to Hoan Kiem Lake, the heart of Hanoi. The lake is alive with activity each morning as locals practice Tai Chi, gymnastics and martial arts, and stroll around the lake. Join in the fun with a 45-minute Tai Chi practice with a local master.

    After your active morning, take a break over some Vietnamese coffee by the lake. You’re free to enjoy the rest of the day at your own pace. Shop for last-minute presents, or simply stroll the streets of this splendid city.

    Overnight in Hanoi

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 5: Hanoi Departure

    Spend the day at your leisure before taking the 1-hour trip from your hotel to the airport for your return flight or onward journey.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Old Women, Vietnam

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All of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and we’ll start planning your unique personalized trip!

Tour prices are a guideline only, and are based on two persons travelling together, sharing a double or twin room. Each tour price and can be adjusted depending on budget, activities included and standard of accommodation desired.

Tour and airfare prices include all applicable taxes and are subject to change without prior notice until services are booked.

You, your holiday and booking direct: Backyard Travel are on the ground year-round in Asia, which means you are booking direct with a local travel company, allowing you to save on the cost of your holiday. Our tailor-made tours are designed by local Travel Specialists who investigate every aspect of the trip themselves, giving you a unique view of each destination.

icon Included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
Service of English speaking guides in every location
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

icon Not included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Domestic and international flights
Departure taxes if applicable
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
Visa fees (contact us for further information)

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