Youth Employment and Society Development (YESD) is a social enterprise based in Vietnam that works to create jobs and opportunities for underprivileged youth, while preserving the culture and protecting the environment.
Tour revenue will be invested into projects for the development of local disadvantaged communities through responsible tourism training and educational classes.
Any day by appointment
Adults, Families, Youth, Children 8+
Tour takes place rain or shine (tour itinerary might be modified in case of inclement weather)
1 to 10
Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)
Clothing & Equipment
Comfortable clothes and shoes
Come hungry for this. Hanoi is famous for its street food, and you'll be able to enjoy some of the best the city has to offer on this tour! Walk through the busy streets of the Old Quarter while stopping to indulge in the local delicacies along the way. Your guide will bring you on a foodie's dream adventure--this is not a trip for picky eaters! You'll be able to try all the unfamiliar and delicious foods specific to Vietnamese culture while your tour guide explains what they are. The tour starts at Bia Hoi corner where you get to try the local beer, an extra-carbonated draft beer. Blend in and interact with the locals as you sit back and enjoy a Bia Hoi.
After you have your buzz on or just quench your thirst, continue your tour through the Old Quarter's narrow streets, where you'll be surrounded by an array of foods, from noodles, breads, and coffee to various Vietnamese snacks. Stop and smell the sizzling woks and bubbling pots as you explore the Old Quarter. At night there are small pop-up restaurants that are there by night and gone by the day, so enjoy them before the sun comes up! Some Vietnamese favorites are Bun Cha, rice noodles with grilled pork or fresh herbs, Banh My, Vietnam's famous baguette sandwich, and flame grilled Vietnamese barbecue skewers. Finish off the night with dessert at Hanoi’s renown ice cream parlor.
We enjoyed our evening walking tour with Hien, an enthusiastic and friendly local guide. We walked at least 2 hours around Old Town to see many typical vendors, food stalls, and hang outs. Hanoi is definitely buzzing all day but especially at night, and it was nice to have a local's inside knowledge and guidance through the chaotic streets. We made three stops to eat - a Bia Hoi (beer and stasty beer food eaten on short plastic stools), a bun cha spot (vermicelli noodles, pork, spring rolls, greens, eaten in a fish sauce/soup, the best we've had in 3+ months in Vietnam!), and a popular ice cream vendor by the lake. We were definitely full and tired by the end! We asked lots of qutestions of our guide and she was happy to answer - it felt like a friend was showing us around.
I had a great time on this tour! We started off at a local hotel meeting spot and walked around the corner and started sampling street food immediately. From the first bite to the last, I enjoyed all the food that was picked out for the tour. We started with bits of fatty pork that was out of this world and a Vietnamese egg roll also very good. Thu, my tour guide, packaged a egg roll and pork sandwich for me to eat later, she didn't want me to get too full. We then stopped at the beer street and sampled some bites and craft beer was available also. Afterwards we walked into the street market, we passed two streets featuring food that I really wanted to try later: the hot pot street and the seafood street. Thu gave me three more delicious meat skewers and a fried dough. We next went to a sit down restaurant. Thu was trying to take me to the Anthony Bourdain featured Pho restaurant but it was randomly closed, instead we went to eat Bun Cha which was much better than any that I had in the States before. Finally we had an ice cream popsicle and ended the night at a coffee shop, sampling egg coffee.
Both Ms Hien and Mr. Can were very knowledgeable with the information visiting each sight on their itineraries. I was very impressed with their professionalism, and appreciate their interests providing their guests with the best experiences in each of their designations. I would definitely check out YESD for tours before with any other tourist companies, because they provide quality tours and knowledgeable and sincere tour guides.
YESD is dedicated to providing travelers with authentic experiences that would be hard to find elsewhere. They are also passionate about helping local communities, which is one of many reasons that this program is so special. They offer a wide variety of tours to suit any travelers budget and preferences. The tours around Hanoi were awesome because the tour guides were so friendly and knowledgeable. There is no way I would have learned as much as I did about Vietnamese history and culture if it weren’t for YESD’s tour guides! I would definitely recommend them to any traveler, as they can make your trip comfortable and unique.
Silkpath Hotel, 195 Hang Bong Street, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi, Ha Dong dist, Ha Noi, Vietnam
The tour start address is Silkpath Hotel in the Old Quarter. Nearest public transport stop: Bo Ho bus stop. (nearby the Hoan Kiem lake).
To inspire the children of Northern Vietnam by helping them gain access to a proper education and career opportunities.
Responsible tourism skills training for disadvantaged youth to help them become international tour guides.
Building capacity in underserved communities in order to create job opportunities, preserve culture, and protect the environment.