Ha Noi's Old Quarter

Attraction Hanoi, Vietnam Published on: 26-04-2017

1 hour
05:30 AM - 09:00 PM
04:00 PM
05:00 PM
First-time visit
Attraction
Historic
Landmark
Must see
Kids
Free
Architecture
0.00 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Ha Noi's Old Quarter is a must-see stop where you can explore the unique architecture blended with a touch of western design in the center of Ha Noi.

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Why Ha Noi's Old Quarter is special ?

The Old Quarter is the cultural heart of Hanoi where the pulse of life has constantly beat for nearly 2,000 years. Daily routine starts early and builds to a friendly bustle. Streets have distinct character and are named after the crafts once made there - silver, ladder, silk, paper. St. Joseph's cathedral rings for mass regularly throughout the day, follow the bells to check its Neo-Gothic style. Huyen Thien Pagoda is another of the many temples peppered around this part of town. The Old City Gate is one of four original entrances to the heart of the Royal City to survive over a thousand years.

What to explore at Ha Noi's Old Quarter?

Visitors will certainly be eager to wander along the old streets to drop by stores and buy specialties. Here is an essential guide for tourists who would like to explore the Old Quarter, with some names of specialized streets: China bowls (Bat Su), roasted fish (Cha Ca), silver or jewelries (Hang Bac), women accessories (Cau Go), shoes and sandals (Hang Dau), silk (Hang Gai), mixed fruits (To Tich), combs (Hang Luoc), jars (Hang Chinh), tour services (Ma May), candies and dry apricot (Hang Duong), fried/roasted sour pork hash (Tam Thuong lane on Hang Bong Street), bamboo products (Hang Buom), etc.

In addition, visitors as well as city dwellers can go to the night market taking place along 4 walking old streets: Hang Dao - Hang Ngang - Hang Duong - Dong Xuan in the evening from Friday to Sunday with products on great sale. Read our article on Most Special Streets of Hanoi Old Quarter for more ideas.

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How to get to Ha Noi's Old Quarter?

Hanoi Old Quarter is about 45 minutes away from Noi Bai International Airport and 15 minutes from Hanoi Train Station. Most hotels are located in or near the Old Quarter so you can easily walk to these streets without much effort.

Selling points

  • Busy, crowded, thilling
  • Travel back in time while it is still possible
  • Friendly local people
  • Very nice place, a must see in Hanoi”
  • Great place to stay eat & drink
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Duration
9.0 days
Estimated
238.81 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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Tips for you

  • You can taste delicious coffee in cute little cafes and experience famous Pho noodles on the street.
    Things to do
  • The service of electric car which offers to take you to the visit of 36 streets in the Old Quarter. You can contact with the operator at Hoan Kiem Lake.
    Service
  • It's quite dangerous when you go out at late night. Instead you can go by taxi.
    Experience
  • Don't forget to visit Night market which starts on every Fri, Sat and Sun nights.
    Things nearby

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should go for a walk to experience Hanoian's life: crowded streets, small alleys, taste many kind of foods, cheap "bia hoi" (beer), night market...

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The streets are noisy and crowded, but thank god the beer is cheap.

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The area’s famous Communal Houses -- mini-temples that are mostly protected from the street by well-disguised entrances -- provide respite from the bustle.

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Starting in the Old Quarter, spend the afternon shopping. Countless shops offer Vietnamese ceramics, silks and lacquerware. The area around Nha Tho is becoming the Hanoi equivalent of Paris's Marais.

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Watch your bags and leave your jewelry & electronics at home--I almost got robbed here once.

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These streets are really something to see, one street for one commodity, haberdashery, shoes, silk, bamboo scaffolding , lanterns and kites etc etc! Be prepared for pavement crowded with parked motorbike and scooters and little cafes!! Motorbikes,, scooters, cycle rickshaws, vehicles, and pedestrians all flowing one around the other, with the sound of car horns and bells everywhere !Watch you purse, and go and soak up the atmosphere!!

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Industrious and frenetic, plus a little bit gritty. Certainly the most interesting and character filled part of Hanoi. A real mixed use community with shops, eating houses, businesses and residences spilling out onto the street.

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Different street selling different things like mentioned elsewhere. But the street is just so narrow and you need to look at the street condition, the motorcycles around and the shops on the street at the same time! It is worth visiting but not really comfortable to shop although some of the goods are cheap enough.

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These streets are really something to see, one street for one commodity, haberdashery, shoes, silk, bamboo scaffolding , lanterns and kites etc etc! Be prepared for pavement crowded with parked motorbike and scooters and little cafes!! Motorbikes,, scooters, cycle rickshaws, vehicles, and pedestrians all flowing one around the other, with the sound of car horns and bells everywhere !Watch you purse, and go and soak up the atmosphere!!

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Starting in the Old Quarter, spend the afternon shopping. Countless shops offer Vietnamese ceramics, silks and lacquerware. The area around Nha Tho is becoming the Hanoi equivalent of Paris's Marais

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