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“Great area for food and shopping” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Old Quarter

Old Quarter
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Morning Tour of Hanoi
Ranked #2 of 274 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.
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“Great area for food and shopping”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

This area is VERY busy at night and the traffic a bit dangerous. We live in a fairly large city in China and traffic here in the Old Quarter made ours look somewhat organized. But it was fine. There were lots of things to see, very cute and unique shops selling souvenirs and pretty decent food.

Visited October 2013
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“TIPS for the Old Quarter”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

Helpful hints for those about to experience the Old Quarter for the first time:

1. It is smaller than it looks on a map. You can walk from the lake at the bottom to the market at the top in ten minutes.

2. It is possible to rent a ride on an electric cart, like a golf cart but with a few rows of covered seating, to take you around the sights of the Old Quarter to avoid walking if you are older or have troubles walking. These can be found at the top of the lake.

3. Bargain, of course. All things to be bought should be bargained for as you would in any Asian market.

4. Look UP! The architecture is incredible, be sure to look above street level and the shops which demand visual attention often. And the combination of the old and crumbling adjacent to the restored and magnificent is quite the juxtaposition!

5. Bathrooms- there are pay ( very cheap, 2000 dong ) bathrooms at the head of the lake, or of course in many of the restaurants.

5. There is a unmistakable building at the head of the lake with a curved front and 5 or 6 floors that has multiple restaurants with outdoor seating that offer stunning views of the lake, and also the very best place to take pictures or video clips of the outrageous traffic below, especially by the traffic circle. These will surely impress your friends back home! At night it is especially beautiful as well.

6. Anywhere you stay in the Old Quarter is fine location-wise, as it's small, so don't fret about the exact location. We chose the Charming 1, very inexpensive, but for the simple reason that it was on an alley... there are basically three types of streets here- "main" ones, that take car and mini bus traffic, smaller ones that are more just motorbikes and pedestrians, and then narrow alleys winding and interconnecting, which is where we wanted to be.

7. The main road from the lake to the market closes to traffic and has a night market, all dry goods, which runs it's entire length. But this is only certain days of the week, the days of which I am not sure unfortunately, though I'm sure your hotel will know.

8. Throw away the "walking tour" you may have mapped out; just go, and walk. Don't sweat a particular route, it's all awesome. And really, you can cover it all in much less time than you think.

I'm sure I'll think of ten more things once I submit this review, but that's it for now. Enjoy!!

Visited September 2013
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“shop till you drop”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

Ha Noi is a good place for shopping.Cheap Eye glasses are in good supply,Just sharpen your barginiing skills.womens clothing is plentiful so enjoy shopping till your feet hurt.

Visited August 2013
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“Enthralling Chaos”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

Hanoi's old quarter is mad. But beneath the chaos is an amazing order and sense of safety. The shops are filled with imitations and brand-fakes; and there's a lot of quality amongst them too compared to Chinese knock offs. Often behind uncheery and shabby facades are design masterworks; and this is particularly true of eateries. The Old Quarter is capable of continuous surprises, and is never boring. Its silks are splendid and tailors quite astounding; there's a lot to appreciate and enjoy here, and it takes an intrepid traveller to get beyond the cyclo and the safety of the taxi to enjoy its unexpected pleasures.

Visited September 2013
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“Great shopping and cheap beer”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2013

A nice place to wander around shop, dine and have a nice cold cheap Bia Hoi beer. The quarter sis bit busy with traffic but once you manage that it offers everything and each street is a specilaty street.

Visited October 2013
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