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Old Quarter

Hanoi, Vietnam
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Ranked #1 of 99 Attractions in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Neighborhoods, Historic Walking Areas, Flea/ Street Markets
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Hanoi’s lively Old Quarter comprises nearly 40 streets packed with shops selling all kinds of goods, each street named for its primary good or... more » Owner description: Hanoi’s lively Old Quarter comprises nearly 40 streets packed with shops selling all kinds of goods, each street named for its primary good or service. « less
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The Entrance, Australia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
30 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Something for everyone 24 hours a day...7 days a week. The real Asia lives here and every street has some sort of hidden treasure. Food, beer, coffee, art, trinkets, clothes, home wares, shoes...each street has a very different flavour and attraction.

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Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

The owner was wonderful. She interpreted all of my medicine for me, she quickly got me a private taxi and made me breakfast to go when I was in a rush to the airport, and her guesthouse was great for the price ($14 night).

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

The area is great for walking around (and getting lost) in small streets with all kinds of shops and people. Street signs are easy to read, but bring a map. We had almost a week in Hanoi, and the Old Quarter was the best place to walk, eat and shop - and also the best place to feel like one... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We loved this place, the old quarter thrives with local Vietnamese people living their lives, great food everywhere, and a not too acrid stench of tourism.

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Seoul, South Korea
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61 reviews 61 reviews
51 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Buzzling with life. Too noizy and crowded with bikes!! Sometimes it is even hard to cross the street. Lots of places to eat noodles aka pho. Loved it!!! Especially with cold Hanoi beer! Didn’t try where locals eat – right in the street, looks too dirty to me, even though had some digestion issues after that.

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Don't be intimidated by the volume of traffic if you want to cross the road wait till there's a lull in the traffic and then slowly and purposefully start walking across the road. Amazingly the traffic will avoid you.

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Sliema, Malta
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Very busy but like an outddor museum.Go and enjoy a coffe with condensed milk and watch all the locals. You will discover many things that you probably have not seen yet anywhere else in the world. Use ear plugs in case you are sensitive towards honking and loud noises.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We stayed in the old Quarter and it certainly gave us a culture shock. To be honest this was exactly what we needed. The street food the people, the markets, motorbikes and traditions. The old quarter will provide you with an authentic Vietnamese experience like no other. True that Hanoi can be somewhat overwhelming, I think the old quarter provides... More

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New Delhi, India
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

A maze of narrow alleys with small shops and cafes on both sides. I loved the pavement cafes all along.

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The age and the atmosphere. There were no dislikes. I especially liked the motorbike transport. It was a lot of fun. Got around very easily. Not for the faint-hearted.

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