As soon as the city authorities allowed certain services, accommodations, museums, and parks to reopen, tourist activities in Hanoi began to recover in line with the regulation of safe, flexible adaptation and effective containment of COVID-19.
The city is promoting local specialties to lure more tourists.
In October, the Hanoitourist Company launched a tour called “French architecture in the heart of Hanoi” allowing tourists to explore Hanoi’s mixture of French and Vietnamese architecture. This is the first tour organized since Hanoi removed COVID-19 restrictions.
With both a live tour guide and an audio guide, the tour starts at the National History Museum and then proceeds to the Hanoi Opera House, the Tonkin Palace, the Sofitel Metropole Hotel and to beautiful corners in Hanoi’s downtown.
The 90-miunute tour explores many of Hanoi’s most famous architectural works while strolling on the streets of the French quarter.
Phung Quang Thang, Director of the Hanoitourist Company, says, "Visitors will explore the architectural, cultural and historical values of Hanoi. The tour will provide visitors a beautiful experience after months of social distancing. This tour is attracting many families."
The Management Board of Sword Lake and the Hanoi Old Quarter has worked with agencies to create electric bus tours to relic sites near the lake and in the Old Quarter.
Late last month, VGreen Tourist Club launched cycling tours of Hanoi. The first is called “VGreen bike tour – Quintessence of Trang An."
During the one-day tour, visitors visit West Lake and Sword Lake, and explore traditional crafts in the Old Quarter as well as the cultural, historical, and architectural heritages of Hanoi.
The club has also created tours exploring the 4 Sacred Temples of Hanoi, Hanoi’s outskirts, Ba Vi mountain, Duong Lam ancient village, and Bat Trang ceramic village.
In the near future, the city will add more cultural tourism products and develop more tours of heritages, relic sites, festivals, craft villages, and local cuisine. Tours to explore farms and rural villages, health care tours, and community tours are also being planned.