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“Fantastic evening, truly the best kind of cross cultural experience”

HanoiKids Free Tour
Ranked #9 of 232 Food & Drink in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Hanoikids, established in 2006, is known as a student-run organization based in Hanoi, Vietnam. By voluntarily taking city tours for English speaking travellers in Hanoi, we hope to bring travellers from all over the world an insight into our culture, tradition and beautiful sight-seeings. Each member of the club can explore their full potential through cross-cultural experiences and extracurricular activities.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 12 January 2018

My family and I had the privilege of spending an evening with Lucy and Frank from HanoiKids on their street food tour. We were in the area on a river cruise and land tour package with AMAWaterways and I had my 16 yr old daughter with me and thought this would be an eye opening experience for her. I had originally requested the tour a little over a month before we were scheduled to be in Hanoi, and we were waitlisted for a while, I followed up a few times via email and about 4 days before we wanted to go i got an email from them we had cleared the waitlist.

I think their entire concept is one of the best ideas in tourism development I've ever seen (and full disclosure, I do work in the tourism industry, but not in this region). Our HanoiKids escorts met us in the lobby of our hotel and then we walked from there to the Old Quarter of the city, stopping at one of the parks to do Zumba with a crowd that was there on the way. They took us to 3 different spots in the area where we tried papaya salad with beef jerky, pho ga, spring rolls, and then my mom wanted meat skewers so they found us a vendor that sold those. We bailed on the sweet stop, as my folks were tired and took a taxi home. We spent about $15 on everything (insane because we ate so much) Lucy and Frank hung out with me and my daughter and we did some night market shopping and then back to the central plaza to listen to Vietnamese pop artists performing and just in general soak up all the activity that was going on - they even managed to find me a clean restroom! Our hosts are engaging energetic young ladies and the conversation was fast and ongoing. I'm surprised they were able to keep up because we threw the kitchen sink at them language wise (lol - you remember everything but the kitchen sink girls don't you??), but their english was fantastic, their stories even better and omg the food was incredible.

We've been home for a few days and spent over 18 days in SE Asia and we were lucky to meet some truly special people along the way, but this was really our favorite evening of the whole trip. our snapchats, facebook and instagram are all filled with great pictures and amazing memories of the evening. Our dinner out with HanoiKids exceeded all expectations and is truly a unique and wonderful way to get to know the real Hanoi.

Tips:
1. Book early and have some flexibility- the waitlist thing seems to be pretty common
2. If possible, schedule for a weekend - Friday night -Sunday a large portion of the riverside and old quarter are blocked off for pedestrian traffic only, which makes getting around easier, but also is an event unto itself with pop up karaoke, ballroom dancing, zumba, public concerts, more street vendors and a general festival atmosphere for the denizens of Hanoi. This is apparently an every weekend thing there.
3. Don't be afraid to ask for what you want! The students are really flexible and open so if there are specific things you want to try or see, ask for it! They will do their best to find it for you.
4. Don't be shy - ask questions about anything and everything, the benefit for the students is to practice practical conversational english - not the formal structure they learn in school which is vastly different.
5. This is especially a great tour for families with older children and teenagers who may find the societal differences between home and Asia overwhelming. Kids relate better to people their own age, so discussing personal tastes in music, social media, movies, etc is really eye opening for everyone

We as a family have traveled extensively all over the globe, and there aren't enough superlatives for the quality of this experience and what it meant to our family. Cam Un/Thank you so much HanoiKids!

13  Thank gringagirlATL
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Hanoikids, Người quản lý at HanoiKids Free Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2018

Our club was delighted to receive your note, and was especially pleased to read your kind words about our members. It made us happy to know you feel at home with us. We too enjoyed getting to know you better. You are always welcome to go on tours with us when your travels bring you this way. Thank you very much.

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Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

So glad they could fit us in last minute! We were on the waiting list for a while. The students are so friendly, their English is great, and they’re very knowledgeable about the history of the city. Whether you’re looking for a lot of information about historical sights or if you just want to take a quick look around then try some local cuisine, they are happy to accommodate. We are university students as well so it was really nice to meet some younger people. Make sure to book early!!!

7  Thank dm_noth
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Hanoikids, Người quản lý at HanoiKids Free Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

Thank you for trusting us to be your travel mates while you are in Hanoi. We appreciate your kind expressions of appreciation, and are especially grateful for the recent tour. Thank you for choosing Hanoikids to provide you a tour around Hanoi. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Reviewed 9 January 2018

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.

7  Thank Hilary B
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Hanoikids, Người quản lý at HanoiKids Free Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

We are very glad that you enjoyed the day with our members. Hopefully, we will get to be your travel-mates again on your next visit!

Kindest regards,
Hanoikids.

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Reviewed 9 January 2018

We had a tour with SuSu and Duc - two wonderful and very kind Vietnamese students who showed us a great time in Hanoi. We already had an itinerary in mind in terms of what we wanted to see (Temple of Literature, Hoa La Prison) - and Susu and Duc helped get us there and had excellent knowledge about the history of Vietnam as we walked around. They were so friendly and we enjoyed exchanging information about Vietnamese and American culture. We ended our tour by grabbing some coffee and chatting at Cong Caphe - which we loved! Overall, a fun and unique experience to share with university students in Vietnam. Would highly recommend this opportunity to anyone visiting Hanoi!

7  Thank Ronak M
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Hanoikids, Người quản lý at HanoiKids Free Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

Our club was delighted to receive your note, and was especially pleased to read your kind words about our members. It made us happy to know you feel at home with us. We too enjoyed getting to know you better. You are always welcome to go on tours with us when your travels bring you this way. Thank you very much.

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Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

Excellent food, the guide was extrovert and enthusiastic. You will eat where the locals eat, at a much lower price than what tourists usually pay

5  Thank SultneKim
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Hanoikids, Người quản lý at HanoiKids Free Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Thank you for trusting us to be your travel mates while you are in Hanoi. We appreciate your kind expressions of appreciation, and are especially grateful for the recent tour. Thank you for choosing Hanoikids to provide you a tour around Hanoi. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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