🍄 Meeting point: 27 Chua Vua ( Get direction )
“A very unique experience walking along a neighbourhood that one would never go alone. Saw the lives of some Hanoians that we never knew. The host had great knowledge of the place and his city. A highlight for us was to catch the train as it passed through some houses and being literally arm’s length away from the train.
” – Shagen November 2022
“Quang was my host and his English was excellent. Knew a lot about Vietnamese and Hanoi’s history and carried many old pictures so he could show what areas we were walking through looked like before (many from the early 1960’s). Very nice way to get immersed in the Hanoi experience – don’t miss it!
” – Lee, October 2022
✔️ 3-hour long guided walking tour
✔️ Coffee and/or Tea
✔️ Expert guide
What to bring
Hat & sunscreen
You need to give us your WhatsApp number, G-mail or local number so we can find you in the case we do not see you.
7 Reasons Why our Stories from Vietnam War at not-to-go-alone areas is unique
Away from tourist’s eyes: Discover the not-to-go area
Cho Gioi is a big second-hand market, but it is not a good idea for tourists to go there alone. It is very busy with people who know the area and how it works. Tourists may have trouble getting around and may be tricked by local sellers. It is better to go with someone who knows the area, so they can keep you from getting lost. Cho Gioi is an exciting and fascinating market, and if you take the right steps, it can be a safe and enjoyable experience.
Visit a veteran’s home to hear their stories and gain insight into how the war affected their lives.
On our trip, we will go to veterans’ homes to listen to their stories of bravery and strength. We will listen with respect and admiration, and pay tribute to the sacrifices these incredible individuals have made for our country. If the veteran we plan to visit is not there, we will still make the most of our time and have a cup of coffee or tea at the nearby train street cafe. We will relax and appreciate the scenery, and be reminded of the courage of the veterans we have met on our journey.
Gaining knowledge about the history of Vietnam is important to understand the country’s culture and traditions
By looking at the events that had an impact on Vietnam, we can get a full picture of the country’s past, from the old kingdoms that were once in the area, to the long and tough fight for freedom from French control, and the later civil war that lasted for many years. Learning about the effects of the Vietnam War and what came after, as well as the country’s transformation into a modern state, gives us a special look into the people and cultures of Vietnam.
Open for questions and discussion
Pose questions and engage in meaningful dialogue with the young host. As the tour is a small group, you can have a much deeper conversation with the host on topics such as history, politics, economics.
We will visit Train Street and the war memorials.
Since the train street in the Old Quarter has been closed for a while due to safety issues, there is only one train street left for visitors to explore. It is much quieter than the original train street, yet still has the same charm that made the original so popular with tourists. You can stroll along the tracks, stopping to observe the beautiful sights and have a cup of Vietnamese coffee.
We will donate a portion of our profits to the veteran’s widow.
By joining the tour, our team and you can help the widow by splitting the tour’s profits with her. This will make a huge difference for her grandchild’s education and daily expenses.
Our reviews on Airbnb are outstanding.
Here is what Edward said:
“My husband and I went on this tour (my second with Quang in 2 days haha). It was really interesting and really authentic as Quang actually knows a lot of local people. The visit to a train street was my favorite part – both the train and the visit to the widow’s house. We could ask any questions we had and Quang would translate them – even rather provocative questions. I can totally recommend this tour for a more raw and emotional experience of Hanoi.” – Eve joined the experience on December 2022.
Arantxa verified account
can’t recommend it highly enough. I have discovered a little bit more of Hanoi, real life, past history. In a nutshell, don’t miss it.
James verified account
It was great learning more about Vietnam, and going to places foreigners normally would not go. He gave a real authentic feel to my visit to Vietnam. The tour took us to interesting places, and Cong did a nice job of explaining everything to us. I highly recommend if you want something a little different.
Eve verified account
My husband and I went on this tour (my second with Quang in 2 days haha). It was really interesting and really authentic as Quang actually knows a lot of local people. The visit to a train street was my favorite part – both the train and the visit to the widow’s house. We could ask any questions we had and Quang would translate them – even rather provocative questions. I can totally recommend this tour for a more raw and emotional experience of Hanoi.
Le verified account
Great tour! We started at a coffee shop and had tea while talking about Vietnam’s history. Then we visited some markets, buildings, and memorials. I learned a lot and got to hear from a local. The unique stories shared by our guide really made the experience special. The knowledge and insight I gained into Vietnam’s culture and history was invaluable, and I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting the country. Thanks again for the wonderful experience!
Adrian verified account
We saw a different side to Hanoi, with really interesting insights into the lives of war veterans in Hanoi. Standing up against a wall in train street as a train goes through is an experience, but not for the faint hearted.