Hanoi Old Quarter, or Hanoi 36 streets as
knowned to Vietnamese, is an interesting destination for all tourists to
Arguably formed by Chinese as a business area 400 years ago, Hanoi Old
Quarter used to be a handicraft complex for all artisans, each street
was dedicated to one special ware and start with "Hang" such as Hang Bac
(Silver shops), Hang Duong (sugar shops), Hang Dong (bronze shops), Hang
Non (conical hat shops), Hang Giay (shoe street), however over time most
streets have changed their business from the original names.
Streets in the Old Quarter are busy from early morning until late at
night, the streets are narrow and short, with thousands of shops side by
side. when tourism came to Vietnam in early 1990s, Old Quarter has
become an attraction for all travellers, many hotels and restaurants
have been built in the area, most of them are family mini hotels for
One of the highlights for foreigners coming to Hanoi is a cyclo or
ricksaw tour in the Old Quarter, with a camera in hand they can enjoy
the atmostphere of a busy typical Hanoi.