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“Good to meander down”

Hang Gai Street (Street of Hemp)
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Hanoi Old Quarter Half-Day Walking Tour
Ranked #52 of 287 things to do in Hanoi
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Owner description: Silks, silver and souvenirs draw tourists to this popular street market.
Reviewed December 21, 2013

Plenty to look at but not the cheapest prices. Some lovely silk clothes though. On the doorstep of the old quarter.

1  Thank Caroline M
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Reviewed December 8, 2013

We visited the street of silk for the silk shopping and while there was a lot to keep you interested – including silk shoes! – there are also a lot of handcraft items that you would not expect. The silk is wonderful and even if you’re not buying for yourself or as a gift I found myself content to just look at all of the colours and patterns on show. Other items available included paintings and pictures on traditional “Do” paper, which we found is made from the bark of a native tree and makes a unique gift. There are also a number of cheap handicrafts with a local theme ideal for souvenirs and gifts. There are some high quality silk products to be found and also affordable souvenir items and I found the busy and bustling nature of the street added to its character.

For those travelling to Hang Gai, and I do encourage you to do so, be aware of thievery and make sure your valuables such as money and passport are secure. We did not encounter any pick pocketing but did receive much warning about it. Do not let it deter you, just be sensible and you will make the most of a wonderful experience. Also remember to barter and haggle. I found most vendors would take off at least 10% of their asking price if you could be bothered to haggle, and once you got an idea for the popular price of various items you would know how much someone is overcharging and consequently how much you could haggle off the prices. You can get some real deals on quality items if you have the patience to negotiate a deal!

3  Thank Brendan F
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

Very difficult not to enjoy just meandering around all the little alleys and streets of the old quarter.just need to get confidence up to cross the roads and feel safe to look at shops rather than be constantly looking at traffic. Did not feel unsafe regarding pickpockets at all..anyone had problems?

1  Thank RufusBrisbane
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

The street is one of the busiest street in Hanoi. It a street where bargains are a plenty for those shoppers who are looking for one. My experience, for example, a Vietnamese hat was tagged at USD7.00 was bargained down to USD3.00. Most goods have no price tags so be ware when looking for a good bargain.

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Reviewed December 1, 2013

On this street, you will find clothing of better materials and modern design as opposed to nearby streets in the Old Quarter. Many things to please everybody on your list, including yourself! And at very good prices.
My favorite souvenir shop, Mai Trang, is run by an old lady who doesn't force you to buy anything. She was so nice to give me sample and introduce them clearly. I bought around 15 pieces of bookmarks from her. They're very cute.
You have to experience all of the aspects of this street and if you let it, it will give you memories that will last a lifetime.

1  Thank Tiffany T
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