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Hanoi Backpacker Area?

  • laallee

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    Does the city have a specific area offering accommodation, bars, food etc as in the Khao San Road?
    thanks.

    #1 Posted: 27/4/2011 - 15:10

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  • Xinchao

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    The best place to base yourself is in the Old Quarter. There are hundreds of hotels of every type and price. They centre around Ma May Street, Hang Bac Street, Hang Be Street - the old quarter really is the tourist centre - plenty of shops, cafes, restaurants - local and western, tour companies , etc, etc

    #2 Posted: 27/4/2011 - 16:20

  • laallee

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    xinchao,
    thank you.

    #3 Posted: 27/4/2011 - 20:24

  • daawgon

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    As Xinchao says, the entire Old Quarter can be considered "the road". In addition to the area along Ma May Street, there's another group of hostels near St. Joseph's Cathedral on Ngo Huyen Street. Hostels were advertising beds for as low as $5. when I was last there in December '10. You will enjoy Hanoi because it retains some of the old feel of SE Asia that Bangkok and Saigon have eliminated. Rush, don't walk, because all of Vietnam is changing right before our eyes, and even Hanoi will fall to the bulldozer one of these days!

    #4 Posted: 28/4/2011 - 09:09

  • Rasheeed

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    But the old quarter is much more than a tourist area. It's still really cool and Vietnamese though it's where most of the backpackers stay...

    'sheeed

    #5 Posted: 28/4/2011 - 11:11

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    I think the point Rasheed's making is that there is more going on in Old Quarter than just hotels, travel agents, bar, restaurants etc. Thousands of Vietnamese live and go about their everyday lives there - the majority are not servicing tourists. This makes it quite different to places like Khao San Road and even Bui Vien in HCMC.

    #6 Posted: 28/4/2011 - 15:44

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