One of Hanoi’s most common sights is that the streets are packed with scooters, bicycles and cars swarming around pedestrians like a school of fish. Then there are the many sidewalk vendors and people simply out for a stroll. And the popular Old Quarter is no exception so walking around this district is distinct from a leisurely stroll in the park. Visitors have no choice but to face the traffic in the local style but the experience of exploring the historical area is a must-do and truly well worth it.
Start off from the beginning of Cau Go Street => walk about 100m, you’ll see a small lane to the left which leads to Gia Ngu Street => you can turn right on Gia Ngu to reach Hang Be => cross the street to Nguyen Huu Huan => turn to Hang Bac Street and keep walking => At the conjunction (numbered 3), go straight ahead to Luong Ngoc Quyen Street => Pass Luong Ngoc Quyen to the 208 meter-long Hang Giay Street => The next stop is Hang Buom Street => After finishing your trip on Hang Buom Street, turn back to the junction with Hang Giay and keep walking till you meet Hang Chieu Street => turn right and witness one of the 21 castle gates of Thang Long – O Quan Chuong (Quan Chuong Gate).
Another indispensable destination is Dong Xuan Market whose main gate is located on Dong Xuan Street (marked #6 and #7) => Exit Dong Xuan Market through its main gate on Dong Xuan Street, turn right and move forward to get Hang Duong Street =>Pass a small street called Hang Ca to enter Cha Ca Street => pass Lan Ong Street (Northern medicine aroma street) to meet Hang Can Street => Continue your path till you reach Luong Van Can Street => get thru this street and turn right you’ll see Hang Gai Street => It may take you 5 minutes to get Ly Quoc Su Street => Turn right when you see the first lane to get Le Thai To Street, the street nearby the famous Hoan Kiem Lake.
This is all about the Hanoi Old Quarter. The walk will give you a full feeling how Hanoi is in daily life.