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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
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Water Body
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Situated at the rim of the Old Quarter among the city's most popular attractions, the green shores of Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem L
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Spas , Hanoi
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World heritage site · Historic Site
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Devoted to the Chinese ancient teacher and philosopher Confucius, Temple of Literature & National University houses the first university of V
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Things to do in Hanoi range from discovering a distinct mixture of architectural styles all over the city to tasting peculiar delicacies of local cuisine. Drawn by its vibrant atmosphere, tourists flock to Old Quarter, the city's historic neighborhood boasting a number of cafes, bars, temples, and street vendors offering French and Vietnamese food. Experience a moment of tranquility amid the city's bustling streets at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), where you can sit down, relax, and enjoy people watching. Those interested in the country's colorful cultural heritage should explore the comprehensive collections of Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.

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Where to stay in Hanoi

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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