Hanoi Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Member Reviews (19)
- Hanoi Old Quarter, Hanoi, VietnamMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Feb 12, 2014
The Old Quarter is where most of the mid-range guest houses are located at. There's lots of cafes, restaurants, and shops - just watch out for the traffic!
- Hanoi Old Quarter, Hanoi, VietnamMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFeb 06, 2014
Hanoi might be a mess of traffic and unappealing architecture, but the city's old quarter is about as nice as a Vietnamese big city gets, with plenty of cool bars, shops and restaurants, photogenic old buildings, and a nifty park around a pretty lake. It might also be a haven for Hanoi's tourists, but a few camera-toting yokels doesn't detract from its appeal.
- Hanoi Old Quarter, Hanoi, VietnamMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Nov 22, 2013
I used to wake up early every morning I stayed in Hanoi and walk around Hoan Kiem and through the Old Quarter. Loved the colors of the street markets and watching groups doing Tai Chi around the lake. I found it peaceful with a bit of mystery, as the streets are tiny and winding and full of little shops and alleys. I go back often, in my memories, to this area.
- Hanoi Old Quarter, Hanoi, VietnamMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Nov 02, 2013
Loved this particular area of the city, typical narrow streets, each dedicated to a different kind of store/business. Loved the street food! sitting on those small red plastic benches, having wonderfull noodles, or pho was part of the unforgetable Hanoi experience!
- Hanoi Old Quarter, Hanoi, VietnamMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Oct 28, 2013
Even though there are some good tourist sites to see in Hanoi, my favorite thing to do is just walk around the old quarter and soak up the atmosphere There are lots of tourists here, but it is still a commercial center for locals, so many parts of the old city are genuine. It is hectic and the buzzing of the motorbikes and dogging the traffic is part of the attraction.
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- Hanoi Old Quarter, Hanoi, VietnamDec 13, 2012
It is the closest place to my imaginary indochina... It is fun getting used to the organised chaos in this neighbourhood... small streets to explore, little shops, people socialising on the streets...
perfect place to experience Indocina in Vietnam.
- Hanoi Old Quarter, Hanoi, VietnamFirst to ReviewNov 13, 2013
The Old Quarter, near Hoan Kiem lake, has the original street layout and architecture of old Hanoi. At the beginning of the 20th century the city consisted of only about 36 streets, most of which are now part of the old quarter. Each street then had merchants and households specialized in a particular trade, such as silk traders, jewellery, etc. The street names nowadays still reflect these specializations, although few of them remain exclusively in their original commerce. The area is famous for its small artisans and merchants, including many silk shops. Local cuisine specialties as well as several clubs and bars can be found here also. A night market (near Đồng Xuân market) in the heart of the district opens for business every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening with a variety of clothing, souvenirs and food.
Some others prominent places are: The Temple of Literature (Văn Miếu), site of the oldest university in Vietnam 1010; One Pillar Pagoda (Chùa Một Cột); Flag Tower of Hanoi (Cột cờ Hà Nội). In 2004, a massive part of the 900 year old Hanoi Citadel was discovered in central Hanoi, near the site of Ba Dinh Square.