Hanoi Old Quarter
This guide of the best things to do in Hanoi Old Quarter is ideal for travellers looking to experience the rare sense of timelessness that seems to sum up this area of the city – you can still see glimpses of previous generations despite the modernisation that is going on relentlessly. This prominent district is relatively pedestrian-friendly compared to other cities in Vietnam - on weekends and evenings, the streets are closed off to motorised vehicles to make way for bia hoi bars and food stalls selling a variety of Vietnamese food.
Located at the center of the capital city and remaining mostly intact despite the flow of time, Ha Noi Old Quarter is absolutely a must-see place of interest in Vietnam, especially if you want to explore the culture and the history of this country.
If you are a culture addict, do not miss a single opportunity to venture into one of many religious landmarks in Hanoi Old Quarter.
The Old Quarter of Hanoi has been thriving since the 19th century, when it was a major trading area among Hanoians in the old time. The huge number of boutique hotels in the Old Quarter will not break your bank and offer all that you need for your stay, and in style. Browse our listings above and pick what you need.
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Frequently asked questions
Is Hanoi Old Quarter safe for tourists?
Hanoi Old Quarter is the safest parts of Hanoi for locals and tourists alike. The small and narrow streets mean traffic is not as hectic as the outer layers such as My Dinh or Cau Giay area. Furthermore, people living in the Old Quarter tend to know one another and often watch each other back well. You can rest assured about the safety part as you make your way there.
Having said that, it's necessary to take extra precaution by avoiding wearing flashy jewelry or holding your purse loosely. Occasional petty crimes are reported, as in any other popular tourist destination in the world.
How many streets are there in the old quarter?
Although popularly referred to by local Vietnamese as 36-old-streets, Hanoi Old Quarter actually has a total of 76 streets. Most are small and reach only a few blocks in length. Hanoi locals who are not acquainted with the district can get confused with the road names, many of which start with "Hang". It is fine that you get lost too - and take it easy as the quarter is pretty small so the walk will not be tedious.
Is there a 7Eleven in Hanoi old quarter area?
7Eleven has not yet arrived in Hanoi. The famous convenience store chain currently has outlets in Ho Chi Minh City only.
If you are looking for convenient store, you may try Circle K or Vinmart+ instead (both of which are marked by red signage).
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