HanoiKids is a brilliant way for tourists to have a local guide and for the guide (uni students) to develop their English speaking skills. The tour is free (HanoiKids do not charge a fee), but you must pay for your entry tickets to the sites, attractions visited and also pay for food/drinks for yourself and your guides (which you have to do regardless of being guided or doing seeing the sites yourself).
My daughter (15 years) and I arranged two tours with HanoiKids - a street food tour on our first night in Hanoi and tour of the Temple of Literature and Mausoleum. Our guides, Anna, Lan and Lim were absolutely fantastic. We were extremely comfortable spending time with them, learning about Hanoi and their lives (it was terrific to learn that Lim had visited Australia and we were able to discuss places her had been to). They all explained the history and architecture of the various places we visited to us patiently. Their English is very good and they were always happy to repeat information if we didn't understand.
It was nice to have locals take us around and share their hometown with us . We asked about the Vietnamese lifestyle, traditions and religions, and we learned a lot from our guides. We have made three great friends in Hanoi, and we wish them every success with their university studies and look forward to seeing them next time we visit Hanoi or they visit Australia.
I highly recommend HanoiKids and would definitely use their services again.
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