Full day free at leisure or take our optional tour. Car and guide are available at your disposal.
OPTION TOUR: ½ DAY STREET FOOD WITH AMERICAN CHEF DANIEL HOYER
PRICE: US$ 88 per person (min 2pax) based on Seat and Coach tour (SIC)
PRICE: US$ 140 per person (min 2pax) based on private tour
Hit the streets of Hanoi for a full day street food tour with American chef and culinary instructor and food writer, Daniel Hoyer. A Hanoi resident and author of five cookbooks, Daniel leads gastronomic adventure tours in Latin America and Southeast Asia. He will have much insight to share with you about Vietnam’s food, culture and daily life during the tour.
At 8:30 AM, Daniel and your private driver will pick you up at your hotel. Start the tour with a typical Vietnamese breakfast either with the famous beef or chicken and rice noodle soup also commonly known as “Pho” or another popular breakfast dish of sticky rice with savory toppings known as “Xoi”. Next, drive a local market to learn about some ingredients used in local cuisine and observe Vietnamese buying and selling practices. Mid-morning, enjoy a Vietnamese coffee or tea with locals at one of Daniel’s favorite sidewalk cafes, in the historic French Quarter. Proceed by car or on foot to Truc Bach Lake for a snack of Pho Cuon, rice paper rolls containing grilled beef and fresh herbs and served with fish sauce. Lunch with Daniel at one of Hanoi’s popular restaurants serving traditional Hanoian specialties of grilled pork with round rice noodles “Bún Chả” and crispy fried spring rolls “Nem Rán”.
End the street food tour at a local beer bar which serve fresh draft beer “Bia Hơi” and snacks. Bars as such are favorite socializing spots for city people during afternoon throughout evening. Sit at low-slung, plastic tables on small stools among locals and taste some Vietnamese beer with accompanying snacks if you still have room for it and talk about your day. While relaxing here, Daniel will give you some recommendations as to eating around Hanoi and the rest of the country. (Another traditional café can be opted instead of beer bar depending on guest preference).
Back to your hotel around 03:45 PM before visiting the peaceful Hoan Kiem Lake (Returned Sword Lake whose name originated from a legend of a sacred sword) with Ngoc Son Temple right on the lake.
Note: Tour to be confirmed based on Daniel’s availability
Tuesday and Friday will be available for combined group bookings at a lower price than private bookings. (single bookings are allowed but there is a 2 pax minimum to run the tour) These are daytime tours beginning at 10 am.
• Combined group bookings will be limited to a maximum total of 8 pax to ensure an intimate, personal experience for the guests.
Private tour bookings are available on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays (Daniel Hoyer will no longer accept single bookings for private tours, 2 pax minimum)