Try These Unique Experiences To Uncover the Real Hanoi

Hanoi is a city like no other, with plenty to explore
Hanoi is a city like no other, with plenty to explore | © dpa picture alliance / Alamy Stock Photo

Hanoi is home to sights the like of which you won’t find anywhere else – and a visit to the city isn’t complete without taking in at least a few of them. Culture Trip’s curated list of Hanoi tours and experiences take you under the skin of the wonderful city.

Vietnam’s capital city has a wealth of unique experiences to offer. Whether you’re looking for an insight into authentic Vietnamese cookery, or want to experience traditional water puppet theatre, we’ve put together the best of Hanoi for you to book now.

ClassBat trang Pottery class in Hanoi old quarter
From $38 per person
3 hours
5 (1)
We bring the oldest ceramics village of Bat Trang to you right in the heart of Hanoi's old quarter, at 62 Hang Hom, Hang gai, Hoan Kiem. Here you can join a pottery class conducted by an experienced teacher, in a small group setting. For $35, you can learn the basics of pottery and you can take home your very own creation.
ClassLearn To Cook From a Vietnamese Grandmother - Private Cooking Class in Hanoi
From $66 per person
3 hours
5 (1)
Enjoy a private meal and cooking demonstration in a local Hanoi home in the heart of the Old Quarter of the city. Experience authentic Vietnamese life and cuisine with your host as you cook together and dine on family recipes you won't find in any restaurant. Truly an off-the-beaten path, inside experience you won't want to miss.

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Class4-Hour Vietnamese Cooking Class at Hanoi Cooking Centre
From $61 per person
4 hours
5 (3)
Vietnam is renowned for its unique cuisine and this 4-hour cooking class at the Hanoi Cooking Centre will let you in on the secrets of Vietnamese cooking. Shop for ingredients at a traditional wet market with your local chef, learn to make an array of Vietnamese dishes including street food favorites and seasonal specialties, then sit down to enjoy a delicious home-cooked dishes you made with unlimited drinks.
ClassSkip the Line: Thang Long Water Puppet Entrance Tickets
From $6 per person
50 minutes
4.7 (3)
Water Puppetry is a traditional art form with distinctive culture identity of Vietnam. It came into existence, developed and diversified over a thousand years ago in the Red River Delta. Thanks to unique performances on the water, this puppetry art is famous and highly appreciated all over the world.

In early days, water puppetry showed the daily life of villagers such as farming, fishing, romance and children playing. Now, the topics of the plays are also picked from ancient legends, myths and historic stages.

Book your tickets and enjoy the show.

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