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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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  • it's bustling with people,tourists and locals. truly local experience. very similar to ho chi Minh. the traffic is crazy. some roads esp near the night market are very dirty. each road sign starts wit...  more »
  • I feel the power of human life. I feel the energy that I'll survive any situation stronger. People are living now swim without thinking about finer things, the consequences were here. A little batch. but this chaos of try to dive in.
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  • A maze of streets all with the ancient identity lacking in modern cities. Each street serves a different purpose, all selling silver or gold or dresses etc. Even one little street where each shop sell...  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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