Best Areas to Stay in Hanoi

Best Areas to Stay in Hanoi
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25 April, 2020 0 Comments

"Best Areas to Stay in Hanoi

Hanoi is a Vietnamese city that excites the sense with its great food, cheap drinks, interesting history, and the unique culture at a super affordable price. It is one of the best travel destinations for backpackers, so it is gaining huge popularity. However, it can get quite overwhelming to choose a place to stay in Hanoi. So here are some of the best places for accommodation in Hanoi.

Hanoi Old Quarter

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Located to the north of the Hoan Kiem area and the Hoan Kiem Lake, Old Quarter is the most touristy area of Hanoi. Here, the street is full of restaurants, cafes, and accommodation options. This beautiful maze of lanes and alleys are always busy. So, if you don’t mind the chaotic atmosphere, this place is great to spend the time at Hanoi. However, if you prefer a relaxing and peaceful area, then it is not the ideal choice. For those in Hanoi for a short stay and wanting to learn more about the city, the Old Quarter might be the best choice as it is the most interesting part of the city. You will get to see the locals going with their daily life, working in the streets, shops all around selling almost everything, and many more. This part is totally different from the whole city. You will also get to meet lots of fellow tourists who can be a great company to have some fun nights. The accommodations are also cheaper in the Old Quarter. Here, you will find more hotels that accommodations.

Hanoi French Quarter

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Another great option to stay in the Hanoi French Quarter. It is a great place to wander around and enjoy the controversial part of the city. The city was formerly a French power center in South East Asia. During the time, most of the original Vietnamese buildings were bulldozed, and 19th-century French architecture buildings were erected. Churches owned most parts of the city, so still, there are many small parks and squares all around, making it a great place to explore on foot. Here, the Vietnamese heritage seems to be lost and is almost the same as France in a few corners.

Old Quarter or French Quarter

Both of these places are very characteristics. The Old Quarter has more Vietnamese vibe to it and also has great accommodations and restaurants at a lower price.

In contrast, the French Quarter doesn’t have much Vietnamese feel. However, there is much more space to explore, less chaos, and very less traffic than the Old Quarter. Here, you will get the 1900s Asian European experience. If you prefer a higher class hotel with a quieter night, the French Quarter has much better options.

But, you can always walk between the area within 10-20 minutes, so you can enjoy one while staying in another.

West Lake

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A district located north of Hanoi city center along the shores of Ho Tay Lake, Tay Hoi is one of the liveliest streets in Hanoi. Formerly, it was a cluster of a fishing village, known for its peaceful adventure. This part of the city is much more peaceful, easy-going, and has verdant green areas. This is a great place to stay if you prefer a serene area. on a misty morning, you won’t see the other end of the lake. It is also a great place to walk around and is the place where locals go for exercise. It is the best place to enjoy the nightlife of Hanoi. It is also a great choice for food lovers. There are also lots of cafes, restaurants, and entertainment options. However, it still does not compare to Hanoi city center in terms of entertainment. This area has some beautiful hotels. Here, you can also enjoy some romantic time in a peaceful environment. This place is also quite popular among locals as their weekend getaway. If you prefer a quiet place and don’t mind a short trip to the city center’s major attraction, then this is the optimal choice.

Things to See and Do

  • Eat local delicacies like Pho Cuon.
  • Learn to cook at the Hanoi Cooking Center.
  • Marvel at oldest pagoda in Hanoi, Tran Quoc Pagoda, the .
  • Ride a boat along the waters of Truc Bach Lake.
  • Shop for tasty treats and savory snacks at the Chau Long Market.
  • Visit the Quan Thanh Taoist Temple.
  • Wander along the Phan Dinh Phung Street amidst the heritage architecture

Truc Bach

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Truc Bach is technically a part of Ba Dinh. Nestled between the Old Quarter and the West Lake, here you can get almost everything. The place has a quieter part where you can enjoy some peaceful time; then you can visit major attractions within walking distance. Most of the hotels are only a few meters away from the major sites of Ba Dinh, West Lake, and 10 minutes’ walk to the center of the city. 

  • Eat local delicacies like Pho Cuon.
  • Learn to cook at the Hanoi Cooking Center.
  • Marvel at oldest pagoda in Hanoi, Tran Quoc Pagoda, the .
  • Ride a boat along the waters of Truc Bach Lake.
  • Shop for tasty treats and savory snacks at the Chau Long Market.
  • Visit the Quan Thanh Taoist Temple.
  • Wander along the Phan Dinh Phung Street amidst the heritage architecture

Hai Ba Trung

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Locals inhabit most of this area, and there is almost none real attractions, except the local life. It can be quite fascinating to wander around the streets and see people going with their daily lives. There is also plenty of shopping opportunities. If you are staying in the city for only a few days, this is also a great place to stay, here, you can experience the local lifestyle of Hanoi, enjoy a walk around the town. There are also many cheaper accommodations in this part of the city.

Things to See and Do

  • Dance until dawn at the largest nightclub in the city, The Bank Hanoi.
  • Eat mouthwatering Vietnamese dishes at Bun Cha Huong Lien.
  • Stroll along bustling Hai Ba Trung Street.
  • Enjoy fresh air at Union Park, a green oasis in central Hanoi.
  • Visit The Women’s Museum.
  • Unwind on the banks of Thien Quang Lake.
  • See the beautiful Hai Ba Trung Temple.
  • Shop until you drop at Times City, a massive shopping center.
  • Sip a sophisticated cocktail and enjoy an amazing meal at Xu Restaurant Lounge.
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