This experience far exceeded my expectations. Mina was a great tour guide, and taught us a lot about Hanoi and the history of Vietnam. I enjoyed that she was able to share personal stories of hers or other locals and did not limit herself to what you could find in guide books. The coffee and ice cream were both excellent, and provided a good respite from the heat. If you are debating booking this, just do it!! You'll have a great time.
Excellent tour with Mina! I went on another history tour with a different experience and Mina’s was definitely better! She gave an excellent tour filled with historical facts, a good amount of walking but also built in breaks, and really helped me get a feel of the city and it’s history. She brought us to this amazing coffee shop and I went back 3 different times while I was in Hanoi 😅 Absolutely recommend booking this tour with Mina!
Oh, I couldn't recommend more! I went for the French Quarter tour. Tony is very knowledgeable, friendly and what's great his English is perfect. Sometimes it's hard to communicate with people because of the different accents, but that's not the case. And in the end, Tony give me a list of recommendations on where to eat. I really enjoyed the tour and felt very comfortable emotionally. Tony, thank you a lot.
Mina was passionate, enthusiastic and funny when it came to going through the history of Hanoi's French Quarter. Insightful with a lot of history and conversations over food. Enjoyed the egg coffee and local ice cream parlour that is popular with the locals. Would recommend this tour to anyone looking to get more information on Hanoi.
Our tour was with Thuy and she was a passionate and enthusiastic guide. It was great to interact with a young student from Hanoi and learn from her about her hometown. It was one of our first days in Vietnam so as part of the tour she taught us some basic Vietnamese. Thank you Thuy!
Join our Walking Experience in the Hanoi French Quarter to discover one of the most beautiful parts of Hanoi. The historical area is the southern part of Hanoi and full of history and culture that sets it apart from the rest of the city.
The aim of my walk is to make you discover specific areas of Hanoi in the light of aspects of our city’s rich history that are rarely touched upon by guidebooks, with in-depth information (history buffs welcome) but in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere. A conversation, rather than a lecture!
After an explanation of Vietnamese general history in a French villa coffee shop with a cup of authentic Vietnamese COFFEE, we give a brief overview of French influences in Hanoi as well as the famous Vietnam War, featuring St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Trang Tien ice-cream, Hanoi Opera house, Hoan Kiem lake, Hanoi Post office, Trang Tien Street, Hanoi Metropole Hotel, the very first university in French Indochina so many more!
You will learn so much about how Vietnamese society changed under French rule and explore the bad and the good of this period. Make sure you ask your guide plenty of questions for the host!
Stroll through the past and present of this fascinating city viewed through the French Quarter. This area will tell you about Hanoi history more clearly than any other historic site. The history combines with awesome architectural features for an unforgettable experience.
✔️ 3-hour long guided walking tour
✔️ a cup of Vietnamese coffee/tea in a secret French villa.
✔️ Hand-picked expert guide
What to bring
Hat & sunscreen
Hanoi St. Joseph’s Cathedral · 6 Au Trieu Street · see on map
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Hosted by Young Vietnamese locals
Our hosts are passionate, young Vietnamese locals, providing an authentic and unique experience. We are eager to share our stories with the world, so that you will leave with a greater understanding of the vibrant country and its people.
The maximum group size is 8 people, typically ranging from 4-6 participants. Smaller groups make it easier to uncover local secrets, ask the host questions, and engage in meaningful conversations about history and politics, which is not achievable with larger tour groups.
More than 20+ locations
We will visit more than 20+ locations
From the renowned sites such as St. Joseph Cathedral in Hanoi and Hoan Kiem Lake to the lesser-known spots like the first French-built university in Vietnam, all your questions will be answered. By the end of the tour, you’ll gain invaluable insight from your local host.
Coffee, ice cream, and history
We start the tour at the very old French villa to learn about the overview of Vietnam history while having an authentic Vietnamese coffee. We gain an overview of the country’s past and how it has shaped the present. From the French colonial period to the Vietnam War, we are given an insight into the past and how it has influenced the present. We learn in detail about the various wars, the political and economic landscape, and the cultural and religious aspects of the country. Take a break and explore the culture and history of Vietnam – a perfect balance between relaxation, discovery, and learning.