The old town in Hanoi

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The old town of Hanoi (Hanoi Old Quarter) is a major tourist destination and area of concentration of cheap hotels, guesthouses and hostels, travel agencies and transport companies, restaurants and cafes as well as night markets. This is the most noisy and crowded place in town here still preserved the atmosphere of old Hanoi, although today, of course, with their modern features. At the same time the old quarter is a unique attraction that can not miss in any way. Even if you stay in a hotel not in the area, you should definitely hang out here and walk through the narrow streets, along with numerous retail shops, jewelry shops, street food courts, shops.

Старый город, Ханой To cook food in the old quarter right on the sidewalk

In the old town is home to several iconic attractions of Hanoi: the Bach MA Temple, old city gates, the water tower, Hang Dau, the Church of St. Joseph. During the walk it is worth to visit the old house Museum and jewelers. Also here is the biggest covered market of the city of Dong Xuan Market and in the evening on the streets starts to work a lot of night markets. The old town also include the lake of the returned sword "Jade temple" on the island.

However, one should not forget about the unpleasant features of this place. The area is densely populated and covered with a network of narrow streets with sidewalks blocked the motorbike to move around which is very difficult and even dangerous due to the chaotic traffic. The prices of goods and Souvenirs here, quite inflated, and we need to be good at bargaining to buy something at a reasonable price. Well, in General the old city is noisy, dirty and not very pleasant to look at.

🕐 While workingaround the clock to attend better in the afternoon or evening.

💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free.

🚶 How to reach: tourist area is located in the North, West and East of the lake of the returned sword (old town on the map). From the airport, here comes a city bus No. 17, Express No. 86, minibuses. Railway station is 20 minutes walk, a taxi ride will cost 25 000 dongs. See more - how to get to Hanoi.

Photo of the old town in Hanoi

Panorama of the streets in the old town of Hanoi

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admin June 15, 2011
About the attractions of Hanoi here
The temple of Literature in Hanoi + 3D-photo gallery of the temple
The lake of the returned sword in Hanoi + 3D-photo gallery lake
Vietnamese women's Museum + 3D photo gallery Museum
The Bach MA temple + 3D photo
In this topic, ask questions about the attractions of Hanoi and what to see. ...
Kira 22 Nov, 2014
The city is rich in sights, both architectural and natural. Personally I remember Sapa Cathedral - the Cathedral, in its exterior design, similar to Notrе-Dame de Paris. ...
admin 22 November, 2014

Well, basically because about this place says it all. ...
Mila 23, 2015
Thanks for the info!Very interesting and concisely written, and with a map just sooo convenient! ...
samonnoff 24, 2015
3D free all super! Be sure to visit the lake of the Returned Sword through your article :) ...
egorbrel May 8, 2016
If time permits, the Lake of the Returned sword I advise you to look twice a day when the temple on the island, and in the evening when there is a night illumination and not so hot.
Stuffed and on display in the temple made of 250 kg of turtles killed during the bombing of Hanoi by the Americans.
Very symbolic, and impressed my children. They are all the time now on the beach sand doing a turtle... ...
admin 8 May, 2016

Good advice. Actually, IMHO, this is one of the best places for an evening stroll in Hanoi, especially if you're staying in the tourist area North of the lake. It is not fussy same streets they walk, it is best to the lake. I always do when I go there. ...
PaZan 25 December, 2016
I advise you to visit Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Very interesting and allows you to get acquainted with their culture and ethnic groups. ...