The best area of Hanoi for tourists

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Hanoi is a huge city, but most of the tourist infrastructure and hotels concentrated in one place. It is a small area around the local attractions – lake of the Returned sword, and especially the old town area to the North of the lake (old town/tourist area on the map). This is the best place where you can stay to tourists. In addition, there are the most inexpensive Hanoi hotels, budget guesthouses and hostels.

In the old town which is tourist center of the city, you can find a huge number of travel agencies, stores and shops with Souvenirs and goods aimed for sale to tourists. There is also more cafes, restaurants and cheap local "pedal."

Лучший район Ханоя для туристов In the old town of Hanoi

Historically, separate streets of the old town – trade and craft, and their areas of expertise. For example, Hang Bac street is a area jewellers and pawnbrokers, here you can find the most favorable rate of currency exchange. Thuoc Bac and Hang Thiec is the street of tinsmiths. And Xuan Dong is the main shopping street, where with the coming of darkness opened street night market.

Уличный рынок в Ханое Street market in the old town

However, the old town, although diverse and interesting, but not devoid of dangers. Due to overcrowding and chaotic buildings here are very narrow streets and sidewalks. Pedestrians walking here is dangerous, you need to always be alert. It is not enough that sidewalks are busy Parking for motorcycles, trade, or simply used as a café or kitchen, so for them, still manage to ride motorcycles. Due to the poor performance of the sanitary utilities of the city waste outlets and cafes are right on the sidewalks, and see crossing the road rat is not uncommon. Also it is the place where all sorts of crooks and thieves. So keep your eyes open and don't settle for questionable deals from strangers, who turn to you.

So, if you decided to visit Hanoi, and it's worth doing definitely, better just start searching it from the area of lake of the Returned sword (Han Kiem Lake) and the old town. However, carefully read the reviews, so both of them can be found not only the convenience and the cleanliness of the room, but also the environment near the hotel.

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admin June 15, 2011
Detailed information about Hanoi hotels and where to stay here
Most tourists settle in the lake of the returned sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), to the North of the lake (see map). Many of the hotels are located from the other side from the lake, but the basic budget hotels and guesthouses are located in the North of the lake. In this area you can find as quite a decent mid-priced hotels ($50) and good low-standard hotels from us$ 18 for two. You can also find guesthouses (hostels) with space from $4. High-class hotels scattered around the city. Several luxury hotels are centered around West lake (Western lake). ...
admin June 15, 2011
Bamboo hotel
In September 2010 we just drove from the airport to the lake by bus. At the ready were several written addresses and names of hotels, but as soon as we entered the "tourist district", almost at every step we began to come across hotels, and we did not look for a hotel on the list, and just went into the first, which looked not fancy and therefore not expensive.
It turned out to be Bamboo hotel. Suggested accommodation for 18 dollars for two people per night with included Breakfast. After inspecting the room and not wanting to go somewhere else, soglasilis.
Room on the 3rd floor without a window, a balcony (the window was frosted only in the bathroom), with private bathroom, air conditioning and TV, free Internet at the reception. Very steep climb up the stairs. Breakfast is very scarce, and of course, not a buffet: a choice from the menu offered several items that honestly are not particularly naeshsya.
A small meal on the arrival:
The first night in the bathroom showed a huge cockroach, which successfully hid behind the fixtures, and then rustled all night at the door (really I could hear it crawling on the door), and not allowed to sleep (fear of cockroaches). The next morning the enemy was destroyed my friend, and I didn't dare have him closer, until he became this:
A couple of times cockroaches were seen on the ground floor at the reception.
More trouble, but we stayed there only three nights and went on.
This was our first hotel in Vietnam and only meeting with the cockroaches in hotels. Comparing this hotel with the hotels we lived in Hoya ...
LanaMileva 4, 2015
With a stay at Hanoi Crystal Hotel near the sword lake is GORGEOUS and cheap! Price/quality rips of all the competitors. We were very pleased! ...
ElenaSergeevna January 3, 2017
We booked on the Booking. Found a hotel in the heart of the city near the lake of the Returned sword. Was given a room with no Windows and doors. It turned out to be for the best, because until we almost did not hear the street noise. And there, believe me, VERY noisy!
Before leaving Nha Trang we took a hotel right near the airport (10 minutes by taxi) is also in Town. All very cool! There, like Russian, though the language no one knows! ...

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