Old Quarter

If you are a first-time visitor to Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, you should visit the Old Quarter, a maze of streets dating back to the 13th century and is only a few minutes walks from Hoan Kiem Lake.

The quarter has the original street layout and architecture of old Hanoi. Each street then had merchants and households specialized in a particular trade like silk traders or jewelry. Now its narrow streets are packed with family-owned shops selling silks, toys, artwork, embroidery, food, coffee, watches, and silk ties. Here you will be jostled by passing motorbikes, cyclos, and hawkers with shoulder poles hanging pendulous burdens of local produce. Souvenirs worth purchasing are embroidery, lacquerware, and propaganda art. Good bargains can be made here so long as you remember to haggle the price down. Apart from shopping, you can also enjoy local cuisine specialties as well as hopping from clubs to bars. If you prefer to see a more local lifestyle, go to the night market in the heart of the district that opens for business every weekend evening with various clothing, souvenirs, and food. You can explore the quarter either by rickshaw or cycle, which we are happy to offer.

Some other prominent places in this city are the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of LiteratureFine Arts Museum, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Ngoc Son Temple, and Quan Thanh Temple.

As Hanoi is a gateway with dozens of transnational flights, so you can easily visit nearby countries such as Cambodia and Myanmar. This sample itinerary covers Vietnam, Cambodia, and Myanmar. You may check it out. If you feel like adding more countries or having other requirements, feel free to contact us and get a tailored trip plan within 24h

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