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    Old Quarter - Hanoi

    by chizz Updated Jun 26, 2008

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    It is nice to wander through the Old Quarter of Hanoi and see the busy street markets. The streets are named after various crafts or specialities such as Paper, Silk and Basket Street. See the narrow and long "tube shops" selling everything you would need and watch the women sellers go by carrying their panniers full of food.

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    Walking around The Old Quarter in Hanoi

    by Starsa Written Mar 6, 2008

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    The Old Quarter in Hanoi is an interesting place to walk around. There are so many things to see and lots of merchants located near Hoan Kiem lake, including a night market Friday thru Sunday. There are lots of shops to buy souvenirs, clothing, shoes and other inexpensive items.

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    Stroll Around the Old Quarter

    by bsfreeloader Written May 21, 2007
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    Hanoi’s Old Quarter dates back to the 13th century and is a shopper’s heaven. Anything and everything you could hope to find is on sale here down one street or another. Even if you aren’t a shopper the area is worth exploring, as the people watching and architecture are both sublime.

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    The Old Quarter

    by victorwkf Updated Feb 20, 2007

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    The Old Quarter (Pho Phuong) is an ancient merchant quarter of Hanoi city developed during the 13th century. There is a total of 36 streets and each is named according to the merchandise on offer. For example, Hang Buom Street means "sails merchandise street" and Hang Giay Street means "paper merchandise street". This entire area is located at the northern portion of Ho Hoan Kiem (Lake of Restored Sword) and is an interesting maze of small streets and old traditional buildings with temples, markets dispersed among them. There are also lots of shops here selling a variety of stuff ranging from clothings, shoes, souvenirs, groceries, food, drinks etc etc. The traffic is chaotic with lots of motorcycles, bicycles, cyclos, cars etc and you need to know how to cross the road properly (see warning section of this VT page). The important thing when exploring the Old Quarter is to bring a good map along as you will get lost, but not to worry because this is one place which you will always remember. More photos of the Old Quarter are at the travelogue section of this VT page, and I will introduce the various attractions at the Old Quarter at the later tips of this page.

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    Local market at the Old Quarters

    by juliewong Written Dec 23, 2006

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    Located at Hang Be Street around the Old Quarters, this market starts at 6pm. Worth visiting if you're up to looking for local street food. Found a noodle seller that could cook up a good dish of noodles for 1,000 Dong per bowl, the cheapest I've paid for a meal in Hanoi.

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    Local market at the Old Quarters

    by juliewong Written Dec 23, 2006

    Located at Hang Be Street around the Old Quarters, this market starts at 6pm. Worth visiting if you're up to looking for local street food. Found a noodle seller that could cook up a good dish of noodles for 1,000 Dong per bowl, the cheapest I've paid for a meal in Hanoi.

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    by Ewingjr98 Updated Nov 16, 2006

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    The Old Quarter is an amazing array of streets filled with tourists, hotels, cafes, markets, bia hois, and traffic. This area is also packed with local shops filled with craftsmen and sales people. You can spend hours here walking around, shopping, eating, and chatting with the locals. Our hotel was in this area, and here we spent much of our time.

    The Old Quarter is located just north of Hoan Kiem Lake.

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    Life in the Old Quarter

    by aukahkay Written Mar 8, 2006

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    The Old Quarter of Hanoi is perhaps the most picturesque and characteristic part of Hanoi. Life goes on at a slow and leisurely pace, with the Hanoians tucking into pho (noodles) or com (rice) at a roadside foodstall or having a haircut at the street corner while motorcycles and cars zip pass. The best way to explore the Old Town would be on foot. Alternatively, you could hire a cyclo for 30000 VND for an hour's ride through the Old Quarter.

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    Old Quarters - old but rich in cultures

    by myspices Written Jan 31, 2006

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    It is actually a maze. You can either do it on a trishaw or more interestingly, do a walk tour. Stop and look at the wares/goods displayed and you will be amazed how many types can be found within the circuit of the Old Quarters - bamboos, steel, pottery, shoes, clothes, leather, copper, thread, incense, sundries, blacksmiths, silversmiths, goldsmiths, medicines, baskets, pots and pans, papers, coffins, pickles, tid-bits, - you name it, they have it. Each "Hang" ie meaning "Street" will denote the trades they are selling. Between alleys and intermediates of shoplots, you will find some interesting local food being sold. Have a go on the local food and drinks whenever you are hungry or thirsty.

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    by neurochic Written Nov 10, 2005

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    Old Quarter Intersection

    The Old Quarter is a place in Hanoi where you can get lost for hours. It consists of multiple blocks of old houses that are built narrow but long and high. Just imagine a series of rectangles next to each other. It is considered a UNESCO world heritage site. Each of the separate businesses sells one particular specialty. For instance you will find a store that just sells red lanterns, another that just sells goldfish, another jewerly, another stationary and so on. Its so neat to think that in Hanoi these businesses make it selling just one particular type of item coming from America where we like to have one stop shopping in our WalMarts.

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    Walking in the Old Quarter

    by lyrad Written Oct 2, 2005

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    The lively street market in the Old Quarter

    The Old Quarter is where you can soak in the sights and sounds of Hanoi. There are more than 50 narrow streets in this area, with numerous shops, eating places, hotels and tour agencies. Would definitely recommend that you make this area your base as there is so much life here.

    On weekends, certain streets are closed off to traffic from 7pm and additional stalls are set up in the middle of the road, selling a myriad of goods and services. Get your portait drawn, buy a bubble tea, or bring back an interesting trinket. Always be prepared to bargain however, as tourists are likely to be quoted higher prices.

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    The Old Quarter

    by Blatherwick Updated Sep 7, 2005

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    Hanoi's Old Quarter

    The Old Quarter is Hanoi's commercial centre that has over a thousand years of history. It contains the best place to take in cafes, markets, local shops, etc. It is also the place where the cheapest hotels can generally be found.

    The 36 streets that make up the Old Quarter somewhat gives you the feeling that you've been thrown back in time and you are in the old Parisian style of Hanoi. Hang Bac is lined with gold and silver shops. Hang Thiec is where the metalworkers are. Because merchants were taxed according to the length of their storefronts, houses are thin structures and go deep into the block.

    You can also find the museum at 48 Hang Ngang where Uncle Ho drafted the Vietnamese Declaration of Independence.

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    by imstress Written Jun 15, 2005

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    Junction of Old Quarters

    Old Quarters has 36 streets selling different things. The streets are occupied by shops along the narrow path.

    From travel agents, restaurant, motor repair shop, incense, casket, provision shops, electricals, lanterns, deco, clothing, swimwear, internet cafe, toys, silk, hotel .... you name it they should have it.

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    You must explore the Old Quarter on foot.

    by worldkiwi Written Jun 2, 2005

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    A "must do" in Hanoi is a walking tour of the city's Old Quarter. This was the site of the original centre of Hanoi and the streets still bear the names of their original functional characteristic. Streets were devoted in a guild-like way to selling particular goods. Hence there was (and still is) a "tin street", a "paper street", and a "copper street". Today you can still experience remnants of this old city characteristic in the narrow, twisting lanes of the Old Quarter.
    If you own a Lonely Planet guidebook, there is an extensive walking tour in there for you to follow.
    Some highlights include the Hang Thiec Street (the tin street) and Hang Ma (the paper street), but everywhere you go in the Old Quarter, there are great sights, sounds, smells, and tastes!

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    36 STREET OLD QUARTERS

    by MikeAtSea Written Dec 3, 2004

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    36 Street Quarter

    Named for the original 36 streets that formed the quarter, this is the most crowded and busy part of downtown. In streets, named each after a particular trade they once represented, merchants and buyers carry out a flurry of activities. Today, this is a shopping mecca for visitors and residents alike. Our group took a ride on one of the rickshaw type bicycles and enjoyed a different view of this busy part of Hanoi.

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