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!
Amazing experience. Kien was so knowledgeable and great insight into Vietnamese history and culture, and perspective from new and old generations. The tour was so personal and casual, not at all contrived or touristy. Both our kids aged 12 and 17 loved it as well. Would highly recommend!!
Really great tour by Kiên and Linh. Kiên shared interesting stories and was a really good host and communicator. We had so much fun on this tour and would highly recommend it to anyone who would like to explore parts of Hanoi that are less touristy. Thanks so much for the amazing morning. It is an experience we will not forget!
Besides the tour being incredible and excellently planned, my guide Kien went above and beyond in every single way to make this tour special. Besides looking out for my needs and safety, he throughly explained all of the necessary details for me to understand the history of his amazing country, but at all times it felt like chitchatting with a friend more than having a history lesson. He patiently replied to all of my questions (which I had many) and we even discussed his culture and culture shocks he’s had in the past in both the west and his own country upon return. After the tour, he recommended a great restaurant next to my hotel and even wrote down the recommended order. Definitely an outstanding tour and guide!
This was a very interesting tour. Quang was a knowledgeable, thoughtful guide who spoke very good English and told good stories. We did many things we would not have done without going on this tour, like seeing the memorial statue of the woman who lost her child in a bombing raid during the American War.
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.
24B Chua Vua, Phố Huế, Hai Bà Trưng district, Hanoi ( Get direction )
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.
We talked about the veterans’ lives to hear their stories and gain insight into how the war affected their lives.
During our trip, we will walk past veterans’ homes and listen to their stories of bravery and strength. We will do so with respect and admiration, paying tribute to the sacrifices these incredible individuals have made for our country. For example, we may meet an 82-year-old man who worked with paperwork while all of his friends fought on the battlefield. Or, we may meet a very old man who joined the war and later opened a beer shop to welcome his veteran friends, never raising the beer price for many years. → Read more:
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.