One area of Hanoi that draws most travellers is the Old Quarter. This charming district – a labyrinth of art shops, restaurants, bars and Hanoi hotels for every budget – still bounded by its original perimeter walls, was already a thriving commercial centre in the early 20th century. Each of the 36 streets specialised in a particular trade, such as silk or jewellery or woodworking. Today, some streets are still named after the artisanal focus of the original merchants. The picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake sits in the centre of it all – a haven for photographers and a peaceful place to take respite.
Anyone interested in Vietnam's colourful history should not miss paying respects to former President Ho Chi Minh, whose preserved remains can be found in a grand mausoleum in Hanoi but a few kilometres from the Old Quarter. Also not far away is the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's oldest university, which was established in 1070 C.E. As the country's cultural capital, Hanoi also boasts several national museums – just some of the many things to see and do in Hanoi.
Whether you are travelling in Hanoi for a few days, a week or a month, the best way to experience it all is by going on a Hanoi tour (http://www.hanoi-
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