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“Hanoi Old Quarter”
Review of Old Quarter

Old Quarter
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Hanoi Food on Foot: Walking Tour of Hanoi Old Quarter
Ranked #2 of 284 things to do in Hanoi
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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.
Reviewed August 19, 2013

Most tourists were sweating it out around the old streets on foot dodging the thousands of mopeds, hunting for cheap clothes, shoes, nic nacs and pho. Lots of weird & wonderful smells coming from the locals cooking & eating all sorts of animal or pho in the streets on little gas cookers. Seems to be plenty of variety for food if you're game - there was a lot of food I saw that I could never put near my mouth. The local iced coffee and pho was good. Worth a trip to Hanoi to see these chaotic quarter. Some good little bars, meeting places, spas, and coffee shops scattered throughout the streets. I think you've got to have a look if you're in Hanoi.

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Reviewed August 19, 2013

This was great for a little walk around the lake and a look into the temple, we made a good half day of this area including some dinner and a coffee, it was not too busy whilst we were there, we got there in the early afternoon after visiting the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum in the morning.
Aim for this area to buy your souvenirs, and remember to haggle.

Thank GBSDO
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

Great spot for people watching, shoping or just walking about.... Take your time to walk around the lake early in the morning so you can appreciate the vibrancy of early-morning Hanoi.

Thank Joao D
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

Hanoi has it is own uniqueness! Most of the building are old & narrow structured. Some of these building were refurbished to hotel, restaurants, shops…
There are many hotels surrounded in the small lane of the old quarter area, although these are small hotels but the price is cheap, rooms are clean, the staffs are helpful & friendly.
You can find many shops selling imitation bags like crumpler, Kipling.. but all look very fake. I would suggest to buy the local design like pets shop, Ninh Khoung..etc. Although the cost is slightly more but the products are guaranteed, presentable & most important is this is real Vietnam products.
To enjoy & feel the local lifestyle, I would recommend to stay at the small hotel, eat/drink street foods/coffee, visit the Temples/shopping streets/night market, go to the local markets to watch their cultures.

Thank kim712
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

Bounded by public edifices of fine French Colonial architecture you will find the old part of the city of Hanoi. Within these confines are sectors where you find artisans specializing in a variety of wares or sellers offering specific goods and services. This seems to date from the time when people came to settle here, either willingly or by conscription by the King during the 13th Century. Their purpose was to make and sell their wares to the King and his Court. The people organized themselves into Guilds and that has translated, in modern times into city sectors. We looked at this part of the city on two occasions, once on foot in the evening and the other by Green Tour during the day. A lot of tourists were on foot, we noticed and other were using what are called Cyclos or Rickshaws. You have to choose your own way. If the heat is a problem or you have little time, then you need to be thinking about using a vehicle of some kind. So go for the open vehicle option. Forget a closed in taxi, you will be wanting some level of interaction to fully enjoy the experience and you will probably want to take photos.

Thank Star707
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