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Help with the City tour

What is the best way to visit the sites in Hanoi?

Do it by my self usig a taxi or hire a car from a travel agency or with the help of Hanoikids?

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Hanoikids is the way to go IMO

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Another option for the old quarter is the electric cars. They are great for giving you a good overview and an idea of where you want to explore more on foot. The electric cars also provide great photo opportunities.

The old quarter is best explored on foot. Depending on the weather, you can also walk to the Temple of Literature and the Ho Chi Minh complex. For the Museum of Ethnology you will need a taxi.

Absolutely no need for a private car.

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Hanoi Kids - great group and def a must do to use them in Hanoi.

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As you will see for yourself when you arrive, cars are a handicap rather than a benefit in the very old parts of Hanoi as the streets are generally narrow and there is nowhere to park. There is also the consideration that you cannot hire a self-drive car, only a car with driver.

Taxis are not required in those areas either as most places are within walking distance, as already stated by Tecalli.

So arm yourself with a map (most hotels give them out free of charge) and get walking, including perhaps a day with those delightful young students who give unstintingly of their time and enrich so many visitors' experience of Hanoi.

Just remember to stop every now and then in the Old Quarter to look upwards. At street level many buildings look more or less the same, but from the next floor upwards there are considerable architectural and decorative differences between them. The contrasts can be fascinating, and the spaghetti-like bunches of power cables offer a quirky source of amusement.

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Another vote for Hanoikids but you need to book them well in advance.

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It is better to have a private car to travel at destinations you wish in hanoi or you can save your money by joining group tour of Hanoi city

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G'day

AS CreakingBones suggests a mixture of both HanoiKids and your feet. Most of the sites in the City are within walking distance, and for those that are not, a taxi recommended by your hotel, (the Hotel Essence is exceptional) will get you to the other sites worth visiting.

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I vote for Hanoi kids, they are great students, fluent english and very attentive, helpful.

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if you want to make a trip yourself, better to take a taxi- not walk ( depends on how many persons you are).

can catch a car from the hotel you stay

electric car is not so convenient (due to route, traffic, limited options,...- in one word- not so good )

a car is good- but not with a guide ( not so necessary in this case)

book through a tour company: so expensive and relied on,

anyway, your choice

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Thank you so much to all of you for your help. Walking with Hanoi kids and Taxi to the sites not reachable by foot seem to be the best choice.