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“A Maze”
Review of Old Quarter

Ranked #1 of 300 things to do in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence
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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 service.
Reviewed November 19, 2013

The Old Quarter has lots of narrow streets with shops of every description selling goods of every description as well as street vendors selling food and clusters of people sitting on the side eating various dishes.

Thank Yesmin M
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

Lots of fun wandering and people watching, street after street of busy shops and restaurants. Some streets were quite "trashy" but others had beautiful galleries and handicrafts. There is something for everyone as long as you enjoy Vietnamese mayhem at its busiest. People are friendly as everywhere in Vietnam. Watch out for soem of the scamming cyclo drivers. If something sounds too cheap to be true..... it is!

Thank Susanne M
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

Walking through the old quarter is quite an experience. Any imaginable thing is sold or made in the street shops., from clothing and souvenirs to restaurants and heavy welding machine shops. Crossing the streets on foot, becomes quite a thrilling experience. You can walk the streets or ride a TukTuk, which is very inexpensive. This is a great place to wonder around, day and night time.

Thank Dajoma
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

Its a very busy place, lots to see and do. Although very busy, it was safe and the people were great.

Thank connie s
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

Yes their roads are very busy and their junctions looks chaotic but travelling at about 40 km/h their motorists are alert and will readily slow down for pedestrians.. i find this very amazing!
With a simple hot pot and some child-play-like plastic tables and chairs, they set up business along the narrow side lanes.. Vietnameses are very entrepreneur. They are very hardworking and respectful people.. even their young men offered to shine your shoes for a living. i don't see any beggars here (a tourist place) as i had in China.

Thank TongLing
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