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Old Quarter

Hanoi, Vietnam
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Ranked #1 of 91 Attractions in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Flea/ Street Markets, Cultural
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Owner description: Hanoi’s lively Old Quarter comprises nearly 40 streets packed with...
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Flea/ Street Markets, Cultural
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 service.
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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

This is a very lively area which is good for street food, tourist shops, walking to the lake. The down side is thecrazy amount of motor scooters in a very tight area. You can hear a honk EVERY 2 seconds! It's great to stay here but pick a hotel that is quiet or you won't get much sleep. On weekends... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

This is a "senior citizen" perspective. As others have mentioned, this section of Hanoi is busy, noisy, and chaotic, yet interesting. I am glad that I do not live there, but I enjoyed my four nights wandering. The traffic, moving in every which direction, with horns blaring while obviating the use of brakes, made for a somewhat stressful evening stroll,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

We spent 4 days staying in the old quarter in December. Once you get used to the constant beeping mopeds, you'll start to really enjoy it here. It's buzzing all day long and we found it really enjoyable just soaking up the atmosphere, wandering the streets, stopping for cheap Bia Hoi on 'beer corner'...great Old Quarter!

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

To begin, getting there will require you to cross streets like a local. At first it seems like a dicey proposition, just follow the locals lead and you will notice it is nothing more than controlled chaos. The Old Quarter is a souvenir and knick-knack shoppers paradise. I didn't experience any pushy or overly aggressive vendors. Shoes, bags, snake wine...you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

You have not seen Hanoi if you haven't gotten lost in the maze of streets full of food vendors and shops that is the old quarter. Sit down with some locals and have some cheap street food, you won't regret it.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

A fantastic place to explore, absolute chaos - crossing roads is an experience but an absolute must see for everyone!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Busy,atmospheric, good restaurants, reminded me in parts of The Latin Quarter in Paris. Very central and convenient.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Great place to walk around, eat some of the best street food and shop. Its like a maze, so carry a map with you. Also, if you are not used to the traffic, you will feel a little overwhelmed. But in a strange way, that too adds to the old quarter's character.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

This was a real experience. It is a mix of pavement cafes and I mean pavement, literally they are just set up on the pavement along with motorbikes parking on them so you spend most of your time walking on the road with the motorcyclists everywhere. They ride on the pavements and just pop out of shops in front of... More 

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Moratuwa, null, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

The roads were busy but a good place.The night market was very interesting.The restaurants served good food(sea food in plenty)

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