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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. Plan to see Old Quarter and other attractions that appeal to you using our Hanoi trip planner.
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  • We walked around the Old Quarter on our own and as part of a Street Food Tour. You have to be careful not to be preoccupied when walking in the Old Quarter. Sidewalks are non existent as they are park...  more »
  • Staying 3 nights in the area was great as the shopping is very good. There are streets of the same so there would be a shoe street, clothes streets, etc. Prices you need to bargain a bit if that is so...  more »
  • A must visit to the outdoor night bazaar in Hanoi. Equivalent to Chatuchak in Bangkok but this is cool at night and winter season it is cold. Like it so much. Do bargain and walk away when they did no...  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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