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  • Address: Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Admission: Free

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Hanoi Old Quarter Tours

The Old Quarter, a triangular area surrounding Hoan Kiem Lake, has been the cultural heart of Hanoi for nearly 2,000 years. Daily routine starts early and builds to a friendly bustle in this ancient neighborhood, where streets have distinct character and are named after the crafts once made there, such as silver, silk, and paper.

The Basics
A visit to Hanoi wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Old Quarter. Here you can admire the neo-Gothic St. Joseph’s Cathedral, tour the Huyen Thien Pagoda, explore Ngoc Son Temple, and pass through the Old City Gate—one of four original entrances to the heart of the Royal City. 

Guided tour options through this bustling part of town abound. Sightsee on a traditional cyclo tour through the ancient streets, sample some of the neighborhood’s best Vietnamese bites on a food-centric walking tour, or explore the Old Quarter’s numerous shops and markets on a guided shopping excursion. A variety of half-day walking tours cover the area’s top highlights, while full-day Hanoi city tours often include a visit to the Old Quarter. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Old Quarter is a must-see for first-time visitors to Hanoi.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
  • Come hungry—the Old Quarter is packed with cafés, bars, bakeries, and restaurants.
  • Shops and restaurants in Hanoi’s Old Quarter often accept both US dollars and Vietnamese dong; be sure to ask which price is being quoted.

How to Get There
Hanoi’s Old Quarter is located on the west bank of the Red River, roughly 45 minutes by road from Noi Bai International Airport. The most convenient way to get there is by taxi, cyclo, or a ride-sharing service. If you opt for a taxi or cyclo, it’s a good idea to negotiate the fare in advance.

When to Get There
The Hanoi Old Quarter is lively throughout the day, but things tend to quiet down around 8pm when restaurants stop serving. Autumn and spring bring mild temperatures and light rainfall, ideal for walking around and enjoying the sights.

What to Eat in the Hanoi Old Quarter
Due to limited space in the old buildings, street food is especially popular in the Old Quarter. Don’t miss out on some of the neighborhood’s most famous dishes, like bat su (China bowls), cha ca (roasted fish), pho bo (Vietnamese beef soup), and egg coffee.

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Morning Tour of Hanoi, Hanoi, null
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Morning Tour of Hanoi

This tour offers an alternative perspective that an ordinary day tour cannot offer. See the early-morning activities that locals in Ha Noi perform to greet the ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.00
Hanoi Cyclo and Walking Small-Group Tour, Hanoi, Half-day Tours
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Hanoi Cyclo and Walking Small-Group Tour

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Taste and experience the lifestyle of the locals on this small-group cyclo adventure tour. Visit various food stalls while walking through the villages and see ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $36.00
Hanoi Old Quarter Half-Day Walking Tour, Hanoi, Walking Tours
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Hanoi Old Quarter Half-Day Walking Tour

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This 3-hour Hanoi Old Quarter walking tour introduces you to the district's historic '36 streets.' With a guide, explore the winding lanes named after specific ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: Flexible

From USD $22.00
Hanoi Food on Foot: Walking Tour of Hanoi Old Quarter, Hanoi, City Tours
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Hanoi Food on Foot: Walking Tour of Hanoi Old Quarter

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Discover the 36 streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter on foot. For the next 3-hours, accompanied by a passionate gastronomic guide, you will feast your senses on the ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $20.00
Half-Day Hanoi City Tour by Cyclo, Hanoi, Food Tours
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Half-Day Hanoi City Tour by Cyclo

Cyclo is a unique type of transportation in Vietnam. Exploring the ancient capital via cyclo tour is the most unique way to understand the daily life ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00
Private Hanoi Full-Day City Tour, Hanoi, Half-day Tours
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Private Hanoi Full-Day City Tour

Hanoi full-day city tour. You will have chance to visit some highlights in Hanoi.

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $45.00
Hanoi City Walking Tour of Old Quarter, Hanoi, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Hanoi City Walking Tour of Old Quarter

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This tour will offer you a chance to visit the major sites of Hanoi and discover life of local people as well as visit the busiest trading area of Hanoi. Our ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $28.00
Half-Day Shopping Tour in Hanoi, Hanoi, City Tours
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Half-Day Shopping Tour in Hanoi

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This is a great tour for shopaholics. Ha Noi is like a huge market and bargains can be found everywhere. Not surprisingly this city is fast making a name for ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $36.00
Hanoi Half-Day Tour, Hanoi, Shopping Tours
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Hanoi Half-Day Tour

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Savour the flavours of Hanoi, Vietnam’s fast-moving capital with ample sights and sounds to give you a quick taste of the must-sees. The Old Quarter, Temple of ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $16.30
Private Half-Day Hanoi Street Food Tour, Hanoi, Half-day Tours
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Private Half-Day Hanoi Street Food Tour

Vietnamese cuisine should not missed when every passenger travels to Vietnam. This Hanoi street food tour will bring you an experience to enjoy local food ...  Read more

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Duration: Flexible

From USD $38.00

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