Hanoi’s Old Quarter – Beyond your expectation (Part 1)

Hanoi, is not just a capital city with all the hustling and bustling of daily life but is a more of a classic city with its charm, lavish lakes and unique places to be in order to chill out and get the real authentic Hanoian lifestyle. Hanoi, a millennium old capital of Vietnam is located in the north of the country offers unique visit for any traveler either for tourist purpose of for the business attitude, the city host a numerous French colonial building mainly spotted through the streets of old quarter, an area consisting of 36 narrow and small street full of restaurants, bar and local style cafe, to experience and to understand the local way of fun you may read this article to enjoy your stay in Hanoi’s old quarter.

Hoan Kiem Lake – symbol of Hanoi

Old quarter of Hanoi, this is what you must visit, a series of connected and very small streets packed with scooters, Buddhist temples and pagodas and it is a short walk away from beautiful Hoan Kiem lake, the soul of the city, the top things to experience sometimes makes you to come and stay longer in Hanoi, this is not just an experience but to get into the heart of the local culture. The best tourist attractions you expect to see are somehow hidden in the corners to find them; you may visit Bach Ma Temple, Thang Long Water Puppet show in the evening and Dong Xuan market, the Hanoi’s largest market.

Many of Hanoi’s major attractions are within or nearby the Old Quarter, including Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Opera House, National Museum of Vietnamese History, Ba Dinh Square, a former Governor-General of French Indochina’s mansion, the One Pillar Pagoda, Bach Ma Temple, Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Dong Xuan, Hanoi’s largest market.

Cu Chi tunnel – remnants of devastated war

In Vietnam, French baguettes and coffee have something very much in common with pho rice noodles as the locals consume them in massive amounts daily, so they’re sold everywhere. Food choices in general are good and dishes come at cheap to affordable prices no matter where you prefer to dine. When in the mood for the real deal (cha ca, banh goi and pho are among the top of the list) try out one of the many street stalls around the Old Quarter. You will be surprised by how delicious simple dishes taste. (to be continued)