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Old Quarter

Hanoi, Vietnam
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As featured in 3 days in Hanoi and 2 other guides
Ranked #2 of 96 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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Port Fairy, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Every trip to Hanoi I just love walking the streets of the old quarter. Always plenty to see and enjoy. Note the street names change at each intersection. All adds to the fun.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

good price for almost everything..easy to find a taxy.. what i disliked..i just didnt know how to cross the street..and yes i got crashed one time from a lady with motorbike since she was driving in the opposite way of 1 direction way..

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Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Considering that it used to be the streets for guilds and their crafts, the place appears to be in a shoddy condition but perhaps some would call it authentic. I felt that one street looked like the other after a while while I took the cyclone ride.

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Crazy but NO pushy hawkers and no sense of being cheated. Traffic at first overwhelming but you soon get used to it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Booked a hotel that centrally located in the centre you will have opportunity to visit most historical site in the Old Quarter.. The old architecture, ancient houses, may attractions such as Sword Lake, Water Puppet Theatre, Dong Xuan market...Besides that there are plenty souvenir shops selling thing you can buy to bring home. beware of the price. You always can... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We didn't get to spend as much time as we would have like in the old quarter, we were however there one night for the night markets and the place was a hive of activity.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Pleasant to stroll around, especially once you have got the knack of crossing the road, because the huge number of scooters make it quite difficult. The colonial architecture is still there but one has a feeling of anachronisms even in a city with government and militaristic overtones.

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Yorkshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We stayed in the Old Quarter at the Tirant Hotel and it was very convenient.I wasn't expecting everywhere to be so fast and furious,and be warned don't think like. Westerner when crossing the road,there is no ' stop and wait' in Hanoi,for vehicles or pedestrians - crossing the road is quite an experience with crazy drivers everywhere.There are many many... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Always carry a map although it doesn't always help but show the map to a local and usually he or she is glad to help. ( A smile always helps ). All the main attractions are within reasonable walking distance and the local bars and restaurants are charachterful and very reasonably priced

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Hoi An, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The Old Quarters are not to be missed! It was within easy walking distance of our Hotel but you really need a good map or sense of direction to get round without getting confused! There are many streets selling goods that you can bargain for...be aware of young boys who are expert sellers! And especially be aware of people who... More

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