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in Hanoi a few days

Posted by slugga21 on 8/10/2016 at 16:26

Hi travelling with my wife on a organised tour, but have some free time in Hanoi,what would be the best things to see in such a small time frame(one day),thinking about the old quarter and recommendations on best places to eat,as we have a few nights there,any help would be appreciated ........Thanks

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Posted by Jag96 on 8/10/2016 at 19:17

Walk the ally ways in old quarter.

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Posted by daawgon on 8/10/2016 at 19:19

Best thing for you is just to get lost walking in the Old Quarter - no organization required, or you might book a free tour with Hanoikids (reserve a month ahead). Have you done your extensive research yet?

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Posted by slugga21 on 8/10/2016 at 19:56

first time to Vietnam,on a organised tour for two weeks,but have some down time between tours,just wanting to experience different things and go our own way during this time....thanks for the quick replies

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Posted by shahfieldd on 10/10/2016 at 03:47

Walking around Hanoi Old Quarter seems a good idea. If not, visiting some ancient villages surrounding Hanoi is also not bad, for example, Bat Trang pottery village, Van Phuc silk village or Duong Lam ancient village.

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Posted by Bxmas on 27/10/2016 at 04:04

It will be interesting if you have one week-end day in Hanoi. Taking a walk around Hoan Kiem Lake and in the Old quarter. At the week-end (from Friday evening to Sunday evening), the pedestrian zones are opened there.
If you need some recommendations for the places to eat, I suggest Ta Hien street (also located in the Old Quarter) as a good choice. It's a very popular attraction for foreigners who find an unique atmosphere for beer, street foods and wonderful night views.
And if you want to go far from the city center, Bat Trang pottery village or Duong Lam ancient village seems good.

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Posted by WelshMags on 31/10/2016 at 10:00

Yes, I see Hanoi kids have been recommended - and their tours are free too! But you do need to book some time ahead.

The Old Quarter is frenetic, noisy, often dirty and difficult to navigate (and cross the roads). But you wont experience Hanoi without spending some time there. As for eating in the evening, we always gravitate towards two of our favourite places;

Cau Go Vietnamese Restaurant (overlooking the lake) - booking advised
Viet Deli - again booking advised

A haven from the chaos of Old Quarter for lunch is Essence Restaurant (on ground floor of the Essence Hotel)

And to push the boat out for dinner, why not try 'Le Beaulieu' in The Metropole Hotel - we loved it!

Hope this helps.

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