Hanoi’s old quarter is a maze of streets where you can buy just about anything. There’s bags street, sunglasses street, clothing street…you get the idea. It’s also the main tourist area and is home to many guesthouses, hostels, and hotels. It can be a challenge crossing the street but the most important thing is to not stop! Walk at a steady pace and don’t make any sudden moves, the motorbikes will go around you. The rail station is about 1.5 km away from the old quarter and is quite easy to find if you have a map; don’t be fooled into getting a tuk tuk for the 20 min walk.
It’s worth wandering around the old quarter for an hour or 2, walking down the narrow streets and experiencing the energy of the city. Things are full speed ahead in Vietnam and there’s no better place to witness it than in Vietnam’s two biggest cities, Hanoi and Saigon.