Student-led tours: Hanoi eBuddies offers a variety of city tours, all led by student volunteers. The group aims to provide visitors a better understanding of the city while giving Vietnamese students a chance to improve their English.
Hoa Lo Prison: Displays inside Hanoi's Hoa Lo Prison, where Vietnamese were once held by the French, show the brutal conditions endured by prisoners. "We were dominated by the Chinese for 1,000 years, then the French and then the Americans," says Hanoi eBuddies guide Lily Nguyen. "But we are resilient, we resist and we never give in."
Tour options: Hanoi eBuddies offers full- and half-day city tours, as well as a Hanoi street food experience. Outside of Hanoi, the group offers Sapa and Halong Bay tours.
Hanoi street food: The Hanoi eBuddies street food tour lasts three hours and includes visitors to markets, local restaurants and cafes.
Hoan Kiem Lake: Young girls wear traditional conical hats and "ao dai" dresses in honor of a celebration at Hoan Kiem Lake, a popular hangout for locals. The lake is a stop during the eBuddies half-day tour.
St Joseph's Cathedral: Built by the French and inaugurated in 1886, it's the oldest church in Hanoi. With twin bell towers, it's reminiscent of the façade of Paris' Notre-Dame Cathedral.