Hanoi ( or ; Vietnamese: Hà Nội [hàː nôjˀ] ( listen)) is the capital of Vietnam and the country's second largest city by population. The population in 2015 was estimated at 7.7 million people. The city lies on the right bank of the Red River. Hanoi is 1,760 km (1,090 mi) north of Ho Chi Minh City and 120 km (75 mi) west of Haiphong.
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I liked my time in Hanoi Old Quarter. I spent Friday evening there and the atmosphere was excellent. There were several entertainers on the street dancing and singing. Walking around the lake feels great and the lights makes it a nice evening promenade. On top of that, you can enjoy the night market with plenty of shopping options. If you are visiting Hanoi, get your hotel here. Totally worth it.
Nice area to walk around during both day and night. It's safe too. Shopping is good and lots of small and interesting things to see.
Crazy levels of hustle and bustle in this place. It's the heart of Hanoi with great restaurants and street shopping. Be wary of the scooters zooming past you while you walk about in this area. Vehicles are not allowed on weekends and it's then that the place comes alive with live musical performances, food vendors with yummy stick snacks and happy people.
High pollution, overcrowded, noisy and plenty of western millenials. You can find cheap and good food though. It is just another big city for me, fortunately i was here only for one day. Have fun in here if you can, i couldn't.
Well, there is not so much to see rather than the old houses that have beautiful architecture but in very bad conditions. The narrow streets are crowded with motorbikes and cars trying to make their way through. There are a lot of places to find cheap and affordable clothes and really good street food. I think the main attractions in here are the churches an the water bodies surrounding the area. If you like to experience the local daily life of Vietnam you will have a good time in here, but be aware that it is a noisy spot. There are many affordable hostels and by night you can have fun in the many bars.
The old quarter of Hanoi is fantastic and chaotic. There are some great restaurants, both authentically local and international, lots of hotels, and a coffee shop with delicious Vietnamese coffee everywhere you look. From Friday evening at 7 to Sunday evening, some of the major streets are closed to traffic for a night market. The area just south of the old quarter around Hoan Kiem lake is quite nice as well
Interesting place to spend a day or two maximum to feel the vibe, have coffee and late-dinner. Very busy place with way too much bikes and cars. This place should be close most of the day for clean air purpose, security and annoying honkings.