No catch, no hidden hard sell, these genuinely are free two- to three-hour tours with peachy-keen students eager to practise their English language skills while guiding you through this most beguiling of cities. A range of tours are offered, including Old Quarter and walking tours, both of which are fantastic. With the young students as garrulous as they are inquisitive, the tours offer the best kind of infotainment. If you only have time to do one, go for the food tour. This takes in three or four streetfood stops, some of which you’ll likely be familiar with, others not, but all much better than their Western counterparts. A banh mi offered a unique blend of flavours and textures thanks to ingredients simply unavailable in the West, the spring rolls paper thin and wonderfully crispy, and the fruit and jelly yoghurt with crushed ice dessert a revelation.
Free Hanoi Walking ToursLearn about this fascinating city with an enthusiastic guide on a free walking tour
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