My Vietnam trip would not have been this good if I didn’t go on this tour and met Kien. As someone who travels to learn about and experience the local culture, this tour from start to finish was exactly the experience I was looking for. And you honestly can not have a better person to make such an experience happen. Kien’s so professional and engaging as a story teller yet so genuine and caring as a person. He really got me start to see the current-day Vietnam and its nuanced history from a local’s perspective. I’ve always wondered what the Vietnamese people’s actual attitudes about the war were and I think I got my answer through the stories Kien told, this wouldn’t have been possible if I merely went to related museums. I was able to piece together all my previous insights and thoughts on vietnams current culture after this your. very grateful that I was able to have such a experience whilst traveling. 11/10 would recommend :))
My tour guide was Cong! He was very informed and took me through many spots that I would have never seen had I not booked this tour!
I highly recommend this tour if you’re primarily in the old quarter during your stay in Hanoi! It is an excellent opportunity to get out of the touristy area and see the deep history behind the city.
The 2.5 hours goes by fast and feels like the perfect along of time to get to know the areas we go!
Kiên was an amazing guide through Hanoi. He was relaxed, approachable and super knowledgeable. His recount of Vietnam’s history was thorough, heartbreaking and inspiring. We left the tour with a deep respect for the resilience and spirit of the Vietnamese people. He guided us through local areas so we could get a better understanding of what life has been like in Hanoi over the past 50 years. Highly recommend this tour, we were so grateful to have found it. I’d also recommend taking it early in your time in Hanoi so you’re informed from the start. Cảm ơn!
Didn't expect the tour to start with an amazing introduction to the brief history of Vietnam, which was helpful for me to connect the dots of my knowledge of Vietnam all together into a map. Kien is super knowledgeable in history and has a great focus on architecture, so basically you can ask him anything you're curious about! Also the spots he took us to visit present the more complicated side of Hanoi as well as Vietnam, I've learned a lot from it. Highly recommend the tour, you'll enjoy it.
An incredibly unique experience walking around neighbourhoods that are off the beaten tourist routes! Quang’s expert knowledge is super handy as you get to experience a really local side of things! As it’s a group tour, you also get the opportunity to connect with other like minded people, who are inquisitive and out-going. I highly recommend Quang’s tour, which was recommended to me by word of mouth, as it truly shows you Hanoi like in no other way. With Quang as your expert guide, rest assured you’re in safe hands!
Hanoi during the Vietnam War: the dark side of its most famous monuments.
Discover life under the planned economy, the fate(s) of the local people from both sides (the North and the South; and the story of the unification of Vietnam, a country once divided between the communist and anti-communist, on the brink of the COLD WAR)
Our “stroll” will last about 2.5 hours, with a short taxi ride halfway through. The aim of my walk is to make you discover specific areas of Hanoi (far away from the tourist’s eyes) 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!
Places we will visit:
– Cho Gioi area
– Kham Thiem B52 memorial
– Hanoi Train Street
✔️ 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.
24 Chua Vua, Phố Huế, Hai Bà Trưng district
Reasons Why not-to-go-alone TOUR 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.
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 hosts. As the tour is a small group, you can have a much deeper conversation with the host on topics such as history, politics, and 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 donate a portion of our profits to Charity Organizations.
20% of the profit from our tour will be donated to the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin and the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation. In addition, we organize charity events to raise funds for these NGOs.
As of August 2023, we have donated a total of 14,000,000 VND ($600) since launching the tour in March 2023. This is how our young team can give back to the community.
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.