HA NOI OLD QUARTER
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences. As the oldest continuously developed area of Vietnam, Hanoi's Old Quarter has a history that spans 2,000 years and represents the eternal soul of the city. Located between the Lake of the Restored Sword, the Long Bien Bridge, a former city rampart, and a citadel wall, the Old Quarter has the original street layout and architecture of old Hanoi.
The 36 streets that make up the Old Quarter are all named for the type of good or serve they used to sell there. There are streets named for bamboo, silk, silver, medicine, shoes, fans, chickens, and even coffins.
The Old Quarter is famous with Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the most frequently visited historical site in Hanoi. Nearby you'll find two contrasting buildings also related to Vietnam's twentieth century history: the Governor's Palace and the House on Stilts.
Hanoi is the best place to experience traditional Vietnamese arts such as opera, theater, and water puppetry, shows that feature traditional music and depict Vietnamese folklores and myths.
Two best ways to visit Hanoi Old Quarter are walking and hiring Cyclos – a special traditional vehicle in Vietnam.