Enjoy our optional tour for an unforgettable opportunity to explore the narrow, chaotic streets of Hanoi's Old Quarter on electrical cart. Also known as 36 Streets, this maze of streets dates to the 13th century and the street names, such as Tinsmith Street, Silk Street and Dried Fish Street, are indicative of the original trades that flourished here. There are plenty of photo opportunities as you pass street vendors selling various foods and produce.
We then visit the infamous Hoa Lo Prison. Originally used by the French to hold political prisoners, it gained the ironic nickname the "Hanoi Hilton" during the Vietnam War due to its harsh and unsanitary conditions. While most of the prison has been demolished, the old gatehouse remains and is now a museum housing exhibits from the two eras.
The tour concludes with a water puppet show. This traditional Vietnamese art form dates to the 11th century where it developed in the paddy fields of North Vietnam. Today, the water of the paddy field is replaced by a large pool which acts as a stage for the puppets who are expertly guided by puppeteers hidden behind a bamboo screen. Accompanied by music, the puppets depict rural tales and historic stories.
The popular half-day tour includes the private tour, entrance fees and lunch.
Tour duration: 5-5.5hours
Minimum participants required to operate this tour: 4
Optional Tour's Inclusion: Transfer, escorted guide, electrical cart ride, water puppet show, all entrance fee and a lunch