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Old Quarter, Hanoi

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Walk to the hum of local traffic and curious tourists in Old Quarter, the business district and downtown hub of Hanoi that dates back to the 13th century. Bearing the names of the businesses that once stood there, the quarter's narrow streets teem with cafes, bars, temples, shops, teahouses, and stalls selling French and Vietnamese foods. Watch a water puppet show, plant yourself at a sidewalk cafe to drink a local beer, or bargain with a smile at shops and street food stalls. Work out when and for how long to visit Old Quarter and other Hanoi attractions using our handy Hanoi vacation generator.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Every time I come to Viet Nam and always stay in the hotels of the old town, stroll along. There are souvenir shops doing early in the morning, now vacant the night 10:00 near and far. In health care, but PHO stalls and restaurant also taste different. Hope you enjoyed the rip-off, so often talked to tourists, especially Japanese, careful shopping. You can enjoy exotic souvenirs are many, of course, to the Viet Nam coffee drink, just walking around in. Take a 1 day spa in old town is becoming questionable massage, so you might want. Mooch weekend night market is only fun in full bloom as to bells and whistles bought about I want to be. I have the time take a look at go?
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  • August 18, 2017
    Great place to find souvenirs and locals foods and drinks. Watch out for all of the motorbikes and cars!! Don't accept the first price offered - expect to haggle with the vendors to get a lower price  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    You can find anything you are looking for plus the old quarter is full of restaurants, hotels, cafes and shop. Very interesting place to visit. If you just want to have a quick view, you can get a rid...  more »

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Hanoi offers abundant accommodation options for all kinds of travelers on all kinds of budgets. Stay in the popular Old Quarter for the closest proximity to main attractions, where mid-range hotels are popping up amid the dozens of hostels overrun with backpackers. If you prefer peace and quiet to proximity, the French Quarter contains numerous guesthouses and hotels. At the luxury end, four- and five-star hotels offer a full suite of extras and services, resort-like options boast views over West Lake, and sleek short-term rental apartments give you extra privacy.
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