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Hanoi City Tour Half Day – Afternoon Option

Looking for a quick but unforgettable experience in Hanoi? Our half-day afternoon tour option will take you to some of the most iconic landmarks in the city. Get ready to dive into the rich history and culture of Hanoi with visits to Tran Quoc Pagoda, Temple of Literature, and Hoa Lo Prison. Let's explore what each of these attractions has to offer.

Tran Quoc Pagoda

Located on a small island in West Lake, Tran Quoc Pagoda is the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi, dating back to the 6th century. As you approach the pagoda, you will be greeted by a majestic 15-meter-high stupa, which is adorned with intricate carvings and colorful decorations. Take a leisurely stroll around the temple grounds and soak in the tranquil atmosphere, surrounded by lush greenery and the serene waters of the lake.

Temple of Literature

Next stop on our tour is the Temple of Literature, which was founded in 1070 as Vietnam's first university. This well-preserved complex served as an educational center for the elite during the Ly and Tran dynasties. Marvel at the traditional Vietnamese architecture, including courtyards, pavilions, and beautiful gardens. Don't miss the iconic Khue Van Pavilion and the stelae of doctors, which bear the names of scholars who passed the royal exams.

Hoa Lo Prison

Our final destination is Hoa Lo Prison, also known as the "Hanoi Hilton" by American prisoners of war during the Vietnam War. Originally built by the French colonial administration to detain Vietnamese political prisoners, the prison later became a place of incarceration for American pilots. Explore the somber history of the prison through the various exhibits and learn about the harsh conditions endured by the inmates.
With our half-day afternoon tour option, you will gain insight into the diverse facets of Hanoi's history and culture. From the spiritual tranquility of Tran Quoc Pagoda to the intellectual legacy of the Temple of Literature and the sobering realities of Hoa Lo Prison, this tour offers a well-rounded perspective on the city's past. Join us for an enriching and enlightening experience that will leave you with lasting memories of Hanoi.
In conclusion, Hanoi City Tour Half Day – Afternoon Option is a fantastic way to explore the beauty and history of Hanoi in just a few hours. Don't miss out on this opportunity to visit iconic landmarks and gain a deeper understanding of the city's rich culture. Book your tour today and embark on a journey through time in the heart of Vietnam's capital city.
So, why wait? Book your Hanoi City Tour Half Day – Afternoon Option now to embark on a memorable adventure in the vibrant city of Hanoi!


  • Have lunch at our restaurant
  • Visit Tran Quoc Pagoda
  • Visit Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam
  • Visit Hoa Lo Prison


  • Shuttle Bus during the trip
  • A bottle of water / person
  • Entrance tickets
  • English speaking guide


  • Drink for lunch
  • Cyclo (USD 5/person)
  • Water Puppet Show (USD 5/person)
  • Tips for tour guide & driver
  • Personal expenses or anything not mentioned above


12h15: Our Tour guide and our Bus pick up at your hotel and go to the restaurant.

12h30-12h45: Have lunch at our restaurant. You have an opportunity to enjoy Vietnamese cuisine. Vegetarian foods are available.

Note: In case, Customers don’t have lunch with the tour, our Bus will pick up at the hotel at around 13h30.

13h30: Visit Tran Quoc Pagoda located on Golden Fish Island in West Lake. It is the oldest pagoda in Hanoi built in the 6th century.

14h30: Continue to visit Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam, The Temple of Literature (Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam) is one of the most attractive tourist spots in Northern Vietnam. The Temple of Literature was founded in 1070.

15h30: Keep going to visit Hoa Lo Prison, the prison was built by the French, from 1886 to 1901, when Vietnam was still a part of French Indochina. The French called the prison Maison Centrale. The prison was called “A Hell on Earth” and now the prison is like a war museum for those who want to understand more about the war against France of Vietnamese people.

16h30: Our Bus take you back to the Hotel. We finish the trip!

Optional: Cyclo and/or Water Puppet Show can be arranged upon your request with additional fee.

Option 1: Cyclo 45 minutes (5usd/person) around Hanoi Old Quarter after visiting Hoa Lo Prison

Option 2: Water Puppet Show 50 minutes (5usd/person) .

Recomended time: 16h10 or 17h20
Option 3: Cyclo 45 minutes and Water Puppet Show 50 minutes (10usd/person).

Recommended time for Water Puppet Show 17h20 or 18h30


For Half-day city tour, if customers don’t have lunch we will deduct USD 5/person and pick up at the hotel at 13h
Should bring the necessary things such as: cash, cellphone or cameras, raincoat/ umbrella, sun cream, etc (depending on the weather).
The order of the itinerary can be changed depending on the situation.

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