Walking Hanoi - Part 1 - weekends around the Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake - review by Rusty Compass
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Walking Hanoi - Part 1 - weekends around the Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake

| 25 Jul 2017
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Walking Hanoi - Part 1 - weekends around the Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake
Around Hoan Kiem Lake

Our rating
25 Jul 2017

If you’re in Hanoi over a weekend and you enjoy walking, you’re in for a special treat. A large section of the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and other major streets are now closed to traffic.

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Some of Hanoi’s most picturesque streets are now closed to traffic on weekends, enabling visitors to get an up-close and personal experience of the city not previously possible.

If you’re familiar with this travel guide, you’ll know we love walking. Hanoi’s always been way ahead of Saigon as a walking city - and now it’s even further ahead.



The area closed to traffic includes a large part of the Old Quarter, the streets around Hoan Kiem Lake, all the way to Trang Tien St. That’s a big chunk of the heart of the city.

Hoan Kiem Lake is Hanoi's spiritual heart - steeped in legend. The Old Quarter is the city's historic heart. So being able to wander freely in these parts without being harassed by the city's notoriously aggressive drivers is a delight. You can read more about Hoan Kiem Lake here and the Old Quarter here.

The locals are jumping on the new opportunity. Streets are packed with walkers, performers, hoverboarders and kids driving baby BMWs.

It’s a great scene and reason to try and make sure you’re in Hanoi over a weekend.

Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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