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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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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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  • If you're visiting Hanoi, a trip to the Old Quarter is a must. The noisy and bustling traffic will keep you on your toes, and a variety of shops and food outlets are present. At night it becomes the c...  more »
  • We tried local food and local beer we enjoyed and price was reasonable. Some ancient houses looked very nice!  more »
  • My first trip to Vietnam and I love the Old Quarter! Lots of scooters, colour and people. Lots to see and do.  more »