Hanoi City Walking Tour

Discovering Hidden Backstreets of Old Quarters

$32.00 per guest
Hosted by MT and Friends


  • Discover a labyrinth of centuries-old back alleyways connecting packed neighborhoods and rustic courtyards in the tucked away backstreets of the Old Quarters
  • Meet local residents who call the gritty yet charming Old Quarters their home
  • Time travel as you walk into discreet neighborhoods and feel the quiet and contrast of bustling streets just meters away
  • Savor a delicious traditional Vietnamese breakfast/lunch
  • Sip coffee at a local cafe as you people watch in a bustling neighborhood
  • Bring along a camera as this tour makes for a great photography opportunity

Inclusive of:

  • Hanoi private city tour
  • English speaking guide
  • Breakfast or Lunch
  • Local coffee

Not Inclusive of:

  • Pick-up and drop-off service within Hanoi (can be included at additional cost)
  • Other personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities (optional)
4.9 Out of 5
55 Reviews
Wouter Ulje
29 Mar, 2019

We had a great guide who was very knowledgeable about Hanoi and Vietnamese culture. Although this was our second visit...

Sezke M Australia
20 Mar, 2018

We were lead to believe that transport was involved, however it was solely a walking tour and we found the five hours a ...

$US 32.00 per guest
3.5 hours
1 - 13 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.

More About This Experience

At Backstreet Academy, we're incredibly passionate about sharing local discoveries that are out of the typical tourist radar! The hidden away backstreets of the Old Quarters is one of those discoveries that we were completely blown away by - if you're interested in peeling off the layers of touristy shop-houses, the hubbub of the busy streets and go behind the scenes and see how the residents of old quarters live then join us on this tour to experience an intimate discovery of the Old Quarters - a first of such access. We'll start early in the morning with breakfast (morning tour) or lunch (afternoon tour). The streets are up early with vendors already set up with breakfast ready for the early risers. The options are varied and you'll simply be spoilt for choice. Once breakfast/lunch is done and we've grabbed coffee, we'll head to three of our favorite back alleys that really astonish a first time visitor. Its surprising to think how much more there is to the old quarters than what one sees at face value. This will be then be followed with a visit to a local household to understand how one leads life in this mega labyrinth of streets and alleyways. We'll then have lunch/afternoon tea, options for which are again open ended. If you don't have something in mind, we'll make sure to delight you in one of the local's popular joints. We'll round up the tour witnessing the people who call old quarters their home and their workplace by visiting workshops and houses of craftsmen, traders, blacksmiths and artists.

Additional Information:

  • Pick-up location: Exact pick-up location address along with map direction will be sent to your email instantly after booking
  • Be at the pick up location at the tour start time
  • You also have the option to be picked up. Simply select this option from the add-on section
  • This tour requires a fair amount of walking so participants are recommended to have a medium level of fitness
  • Please bring hat or umbrella and come prepared for rainy season or high temperatures during summer season. Drinking water is highly encouraged during summer month
  • Vegetarian options are available for breakfast or lunch, please indicate your preference at check out
  • An additional two hours if you choose to make wooden stamp (select from add-on section)

Upcoming availability

Sunday, August 25
Monday, August 26
Tuesday, August 27

Your Local Host

MT and Friends

We're a group of young people with passion of sharing our discovery with people, to show you how we love our charming Hanoi. Spending our free time discovering nice unique places in Hanoi brings us good knowledge o...

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55 reviews from people who took this experience

Wouter Ulje
29 Mar, 2019

We had a great guide who was very knowledgeable about Hanoi and Vietnamese culture. Although this was our second visit to Hanoi we learned many new and interesting things about the city and it's people.

Sezke M Australia
20 Mar, 2018

We were lead to believe that transport was involved, however it was solely a walking tour and we found the five hours a bit much. There was also a mix up with the pick up time. However, we finally got walking. Our guide was lovely and patient with us oldies. Would opt for a shorter tour next time.

AmberLou Santer Australia
12 Oct, 2017

This was probably the most informative tour I've ever done in all my travels! Thanh was able to answer all my questions about why the city has changed so much. There are so many layers to the old quarter that I did not realise. It also helped me understand what Hanoians value back then and now.

Omar Beretta Argentina
6 Sep, 2017

It was a fantastic way to access parts of the Old Quarter that are away from the usual tourist walk. I learnt a lot about the history and the traditions of a fast changing part of town. I definitely recommend it.

Sui Yeen Chiew Malaysia
29 Aug, 2017

Great value for money! Our guide Thanh, was most helpful, well-informed and spoke excellent English; in fact she became more like a travel companion, being as interested in what we saw, as we were. It was most refreshing to walk with someone who truly loves the place and was able to communicate that appreciation and respect. There were two adults and a teen in our group and all of us enjoyed the walk. I would recommend Bong Beo and Friends any day - they work hard at making the tour a truly positive experience.

US$ 32.00 per guest
55 Reviews