Hanoi’s Old Quarter is a gateway into the French and communist history of Vietnam, combined with the authentic Vietnamese flavor. Yes, it’s a little touristy, but there are still ways you can experience the “real” Vietnam in this buzzing quarter.
Chat in English With The Locals
If you walk by the lake in Old Quarter, you will meet many young locals who are keen to practice their English with travelers. Get chatting and you might just make a friend.
When in Vietnam, eat where the locals eat. Find a bustling food joint with plastic chairs that spill onto the streets. This is a charming place to experience your first authentic Pho.
Do A Walking Tour
If you want to know about the Old Quarter from a local’s point of view, ask a local. The best way to experience this part of Hanoi is by foot.
Visit the Temple of Literature
Visit Vietnam’s first national university, built back in 1070. The temple is featured on the 100,000 Vietnamese đồng banknote and is absolutely worth a visit.
Explore Dong Xuan Market
Lose yourself in Dong Xuan Market, but don’t lose your wits. Be confident with your bargaining skills and enjoy the oldest traditional local market of Hanoi.