When in Vietnam’s buzzing capital of Hanoi, ask anyone and they’ll tell you the only way to slow up the pace and see the city like a local, is by cyclo.
Take in the many sights before stopping off at the magical Hoan Kiem Lake to marvel at a traditional performance of the famous Vietnamese water puppets. Famously known as the grand old dame of the east, Hanoi seamlessly mixes an old-world Parisian legacy with the frantic and bustling excitement of a modern Asian capital that are mirrored in the style of many architectural gems. And what better way to experience this eclectic mix than with a private guide – squeezing through a maze of narrow streets bursting with everything from booksellers to flower traders. Exploring the city’s backstreets the local way is a most memorable experience – you are always bound to stumble upon something absolutely special. From visiting the bustling Old Quarter to the Temple of Literature, where you can sit under the very same tree that is believed to carry a cutting of the original Bodhi tree under which Buddha sat and achieved enlightenment, you’ll never feel more alive. This mystical magical city is also known for its relationship with local food, which guarantees authenticity and real freshness. Be prepared to be inspired by Vietnam’s top chefs and take the chance to taste some Hanoian specialities such as Pho Cuon, a grilled beef and rice noodle roll. Bon Appetit!