Made up of five distinct districts, this capital city has a fascinating mix of old and new. At its heart is the historic and renowned Old Quarter, often referred to as “36 Streets”.
The area is a commotion of narrow streets once arranged by trade.
The best way to explore is to wander through the alleyways discovering boutique stores, cafes and local shop houses along the way.
Hoan Kiem District can be considered the commercial core and it’s here you’ll come across the peaceful Hoan Kiem Lake.
The French Quarter is a tree-line boulevard with elegant villas reflective of the French rule many centuries ago, whilst the West Lake District is fast becoming the fashionable new hub with exclusive luxury hotels.
The intricate history of Hanoi however is found in the Ba Dinh District, here the city’s most important and cultural monuments can be found.
There is no denying that Hanoi is a city with distinctive character, be it the tall and narrow buildings, the flurry of noise to the wafts of delicious street food.