Embark on an unforgettable journey with Hanoi Vespa Adventures. Explore the city’s culinary delights, soak in the cultural richness, and enjoy live music at night bars. Join our Vespa adventure for an authentic Hanoi experience.
6:00 PM: Your Vespa adventure kicks off as our Vespas and safe riders pick you up from your hotel. We’ll transfer you to a local café with a view of Hanoi Cathedral. Here, you can savor a welcome drink while listening to your guide’s briefing on the itinerary and safety.
6:30 PM: Start your evening excursion with a short ride to a local restaurant in Ngu Xa village. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to taste pho cuon, which is steamed rice paper rolled with fried beef, salad, and a dipping sauce featuring young papaya and various spices. You can also sample other authentic dishes such as pho chien phong, stir-fried steam rice paper with beef, bok choy, and onions, and pho tron a mixed noodle dish.
7:30 PM: Leave the local restaurant and ride along Thanh Nien Road, one of the most romantic roads in Hanoi, separating Truc Bach Lake and West Lake. You’ll pass through a corner of Hanoi’s new city.
8:00 PM: The Vespa will make a stop at the cha ca restaurant. Here, you can savor grilled fish fillets mixed with spring onions, dill, coriander, basil, and vegetables, served with rice noodles.
8:30 PM: Continue your evening excursion as you’re transferred to Ba Dinh Square and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Take a leisurely stroll, witness the changing of the guard, and observe the lowering of the National flag ceremony in front of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
9:10 PM: Ride through the colonial and old quarters before arriving at the night bars. Enjoy some drinks while immersing yourself in the excitement of rhythmic music, including rock, Vietnamese love songs, or jazz. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to stand on stage and perform yourself or listen to local musical talents performing in both Vietnamese and English, showcasing their unique styles.
9:50 PM: Bid farewell to our guide as the Vespa riders escort you back to your hotel.
10:00 PM: End of services.
Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!
Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Depending on the proposed option (semi-guide tour or all-inclusive package tour), the price may include the following services. Please bear in mind Lotussia Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.
- Car transfers.
- Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
- Entrance fees.
Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.
- Flight/Train tickets.
- Tour leader.
- Local porter(s).
- International travel insurance.
- Personal expenses.
Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.
Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.
Our drivers don’t speak English. It’s possible that a few of them might know some basic words, such as telling time, stop, and lunch. If you’re looking for effective communication throughout the journey, we highly recommend booking a tour guide.
Principally, Lotussia Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, Lotussia Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.
Lotussia Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or home-stays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.
Lotussia Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, Lotussia Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.
As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, Lotussia Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. Lotussia Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, Lotussia Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).
In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.
We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.