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    36 STREET OLD QUARTERS

    by MikeAtSea Written Dec 3, 2004

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    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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    Old Quarter

    by yuet29 Written Nov 29, 2004

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    Hanoi Old Quarter consists of 36 old streets with every street selling different items.

    A streets selling cemetery items, a street solely sell food, a handicraft street, a shoes street, hat street, hardware street, toy streets etc..

    For those who like to go Hatyai, Thailand for the toy keychain will become mad in old quarter toy street coz there are too many choices, compare to Hat yai.

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    Hanoi Old Quarter

    by muddybok Updated Nov 9, 2004

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    Hanoi Old Quarters is one of the most colorful sections of Hanoi. The area is packed with people, culture & surprises. I have tasted some home brewed beer at the price of VND4.000 at one of the eatery corners.

    Be brave (or you will never cross the street) and also be extra careful (motorbikes are all around you) when you cross the streets, ignore all the traffic rules if you must. Beware of those zapping motorbikes when you walk around the Old Quarter, because there is no one seems to understand the proper usage of pedestrian crossing like in our countries.

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    Old Quarter

    by goldcoaster Written Mar 16, 2004

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    When you are in Ha Noi you have to spend a day wandering the streets of the Old Quarter. Start at the northern end of Hoan Kiem Lake and get immersed into the daily life of the Old Quarter. It is essentially unchanged and if you go to Drum St you will find drum makers, Tin St the same.

    Vietnam's traffic chaos is as represented here as anywhere but the streets are narrower so be careful. Even the walk steadily across the road is dangerous here. Footpaths are usually full of parked motorbikes so you often have to walk on the road.

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    Old Quarter

    by pmarshuk Updated Dec 23, 2003

    The tourist heart of Hanoi (and indeed the heart of the whole city) is the maze of streets that make up the old quarter. The area is located between Hoan Kiem Lake (Lake of the Restored Sword) and Long Bien Bridge. Originally the were 36 streets each dedicated to a different artisan guild, now it is a wonderful maze of streets throbbing with life ,shops, stalls, cafes, bars and street life.
    The sidewalks are almost impossible to walk on as they are full of parked motorbikes, so you walk down the narrow roads with everyone else, keeping an eye on the constant flow of bike and motorbikes around you.

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    Old Quarter

    by SPW Written Aug 12, 2003

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    What a wonderful place to wander, get lost and absorb the experience!
    This area, traditionally 36 streets named after each of the crafts practised there, is full of people, traffic, colour, noise, shops and people going about their everyday lives. The streets and buildings are narrow, adding to the charm and chaos. The streets are still thematic, though most are not related to the original trades, so there is an area where stall after stall sells towels or baby food, foodstuffs in general, traditional medicines as well as those with coffins and goods for the after life, tin goods, shoes, silks, clothes...And lots of places to eat, stay (although peole reported to us that it tended to be noisy at night) and buy souvenirs.

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    The Old Quarter

    by 34N118W Written Feb 25, 2003

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    It's said that the Old Quarter holds the heart and spirit of Vietnam. People are buying and selling in every nook and cranny of the street, and there's a constant flow of bicycles and motos whizzing by.
    If you're on a budget, you'll probably want to find a place to stay in the Old Quarter. Rooms range from $3 to $30 dollars. You'll also find plenty of bargain shopping and countless cafes for cheap eats.

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    Old Quarters

    by kenningst Updated Apr 13, 2008

    Hanoi is 2 areas of contrasting features. Old quarters is one of them. Take a walk around and absorb the local Hanoian culture and way of living.

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    East gate of Old Quarter

    by muddybok Updated Aug 4, 2005

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    This gate is not accessible by cars and mini vans. Of course the surrounding streets are also too narrow for 4-wheelers. Pedestrians and motorcyclist have their fair chance of privileged zone.

    East gate of Old Quarter
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    Cyclo Ride Through Old Quarter Hanoi

    by black-saturn Written Sep 10, 2004

    A cyclo ride through the old streets of Hanoi, Vietnam where you can really see Hanoi life as it takes place.

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