When visiting Vietnam, you wouldn't want to miss the bustling and antique capital city Hanoi with a blending sensation of new and old. There is one area where you can have an insight look into the elegant and vintage Hanoi in the ancient time - that is the Old Quarter area with 36 streets specialized in different merchandises in the past.
The origins of the Old Quarter can be traced back to year 1010 when it was founded by King Ly Thai To and decided to make Thang Long (Hanoi) as the capital of the country and it became one of the most active and crowded city of Vietnam in the 15th century. As of now the streets as well as the undying charm of 15th century architecture that can be seen in the Old Quarter is more than a thousand years old and became the top Vietnam tour attraction of the country.
You probably have already booked your flight to Vietnam, and are probably looking up tons of guides, blogs, and articles about Hanoi attractions that you should visit and photograph in all their glory. Well, for starters, why not visit the Hanoi Old Quarter?
Hanoi, Vietnam is a popular travel destination in itself as well as a "jumping off point" for other tourist attractions in the North. The two premier attractions outside of Hanoi are Halong Bay and Sapa in the mountains near the China border.
Any traveler who goes to Vietnam is told to stay at a hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter. However, this part of the capital has a reputation for crazy traffic during rush hour and being generally crowded. So, why should you still stay here? We have 5 reasons: