Hang Bac Street

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digitalroc
Calgary, Canada1,282 contributions
Hang Bac Street
Dec 2019
Walked Hang Bac Street from our hotel to Giang for an Egg Coffee on December 6. Like most tourist streets in the Old Quarter, nothing special about this one.
Written January 17, 2020
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DerriQ
Newstead, Australia170 contributions
Jewellery/silver Street
Sep 2019
We walked through this Street when we were in Hanoi last week. I ended up purchasing a silver necklace with 2 silver hearts with gems on them (in representation of my 2 boys). Price was quite reasonable, I paid $25 AUD for the necklace with not much of a haggle.
Written September 11, 2019
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Ying
Bruthen, Australia88 contributions
Very affordable custom jewellery making
Jul 2019 • Family
Having been to the gem market on the previous Sunday we were on the hunt to get our rough stones turned into necklaces. Whilst not particularly high end work this time we were very happy with the silver clasps made and my sons love their new aquamarine tube necklaces that they were able to purchase rough and then pay to have cut and designed to their specifications. We also were able to watch rough Ruby’s and other stones cut and polished which was fascinating. Cost of clasp, aquamarine cut and polish $11US. Black necklace $4US. Cost of stone at gem market around $40US. Memories and experience priceless 😉

This is a very busy street at times so be careful!

It was also the first time I (40yr old male) had wandered in Hanoi without my wife and I was bemused as I was approached several times by Grab riders offering ‘boom boom’ which I had to google to see what it was ☺️ It was actually a bit embarrassing and other tourists thought was hilarious as I blushed and explained ‘no boom boom’ several times. This was the only street I found this in our three weeks in various parts of Vietnam. My wife thought was funny 😂
Written July 21, 2019
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Jess_c90
Penang Island, Malaysia8 contributions
Homely cooked vietnamese food
Mar 2019 • Friends
Served homely delicious vietamese cuisine with excellent service by William (the owner himself).And every customers are well taken care off. Recomended for those who wants to takw on lical homely cooked food. And feel inspired by William stories behind the start up.
Written March 10, 2019
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FYL003
Chicago, IL1,088 contributions
Many small shops selling similar silver items
Feb 2019 • Family
Mostly traditional designs, lots of silver neck chains and bracelets. Some dicounts were available when asked, not much negotiations on price.
The street is not very long, lots of traffic. Go only if you are intending to buy. Otherwise, skip, not a must do.
The small shop on 151 Hang Bac seemed to be the locals go to shop when we were there. It was interesting to see what the locals were buying.
Written February 8, 2019
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia10,245 contributions
Jewellery/silver street
Jan 2019 • Couples
This street can be more chaotic then normal when walking along as the scooters can tend to get a head of stem up, however, it just adds to the atmosphere. The scooters angle park on the paths, however, on this street in particular, the path is quite wide, so we were able to walk in front of the bikes at times it is easier to walk on the road, we walked on the oncoming side as it is safest (in a weird kinda way). There are many jewellery shops all a long some specialising silver lots to look at and enjoy.
Written February 7, 2019
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Nunngo
ACT1,594 contributions
Awesome stay on Hang Bac Street
Oct 2016 • Friends
This is a central street and having stayed here twice, two separate visits, I would not stay elsewhere. Hang Bac Street is so convenient to literally everything in Hanoi, a short walk to the main shops, the lake, the night markets, several outstanding restaurants, several tour excursion outlets, everything. And of course the silver jewellery shops, lots of them with excellent quality jewellery. The hardest thing is deciding which jeweller to purchase from. Gold and precious stones shops are also on this street.
Written September 5, 2017
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Vjay S
Providence, RI981 contributions
Silver area
Aug 2017 • Solo
Good for strolling about, there's a temple nearby. Lots of hotels in the area, close to dong xuan and the lake as well. Beware of street mopeds and donut selling ladies (as they'll try to sell you old items for free which might cause you to be sick).

Not many people speak English on the streets, limited to few words. Lots of restaurant vendors will try to persuade you to come to their restaurant, try to ask them the price beforehand and also hopefully you know what you're eating.
Written August 29, 2017
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Strez13
Greater Melbourne, Australia39 contributions
Silk Street Old Quarter Hanoi; Beware SAPA shop and Duc Huan shop FAKE SILK
Jul 2017 • Couples
I was recently in Hanoi and staying in the old quarter. During my wanderings I ended up in Hang Bac Street browsing through some of the "silk" shops. Against my better judgement I ended up buying some "100% silk ties" "Hand made in Vietnam" from a place called "Sapa Silk" These cost 180,000 Dong a piece (around 10 NZ or Australian dollars, roughly 7 USD) and the couple running the shop promised me they were most definitely silk. They said they'd been doing business there for 20 years.

Unfortunately I didn't check the ties until back in my room. The burn test confirmed 100% nylon or similar synthetic. Silk burns to a fine black powder and smells like burning hair. Nylon smells like the plastic it is and forms a hard ball. I returned to the shop and the couple blamed the factory, claimed they didn't know and refused to refund my money.

Another place selling nylon as silk is called "Duc Huan" at 59 Hang Bac street, in this case it was "silk" pyjamas and "silk" kimono both of which were nylon. The items looked nice and will no doubt wear well but its very disappointing when you are lied to and purposely misled. Once again the owner refused refund when confronted.

I went to another shop and asked if any of the material being sold as silk was. The proprietor told me that if she was to be honest, nothing in her shop was silk. It was all what she referred to as "silk brocade" but actually synthetic.

So in summary I would advise purchasing a lighter and performing the burn test on any material you have been promised is silk. Sometimes you need to be creative to find a suitably discreet spot to burn. I found most of the items off the rack (if not all) were mass produced synthetic items fraudulently labelled as "100% silk" "hand made in Vietnam". In fact I will regard this type of labeling as a red flag in future.

Good luck, there is some genuine silk to be bought but a lot of it is not. Even the broken thread texture of silk has been replicated in synthetic.
Written July 14, 2017
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Mayette T
20 contributions
Silver products are of good quality and reasonable prices
Apr 2017 • Family
I've collected silver jewelry for a time. Compared to quality Philippine and Yogyakarta silver, the silver made by Hanoi craftsmen is beautiful and reasonably priced. Our family bought silver bangles that cost about half the price of similar bangles with the same weight in Cebu, Philippines. Bargaining is accepted practice among the vendors. Many of the shops were closed on a Sunday but there were enough shops to give us a good idea of the range of products. An onyx stone fell off a ring we purchased; the seller replaced the ring without any hassle. It's a challenge to converse and bargain with some of the older merchants who don't speak English or have no younger relatives who can translate. Being handy with a calculator or using Google Translate on one's smartphone helps. Although the street is named after the traditional product of silver, many vendors sell gold and jade. We only saw mass-produced jewelry and were happy with the designs. Those seeking one-of-a-kind jewelry may need to look elsewhere.
Written April 29, 2017
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