As hitting the capital of Vietnam, the first and foremost thing that everyone wants to give a try is a wandering trip around the Old Quarter. Across 36 listed streets and guilds, you hardly can take your eyes off the very lively picture of people’s lives there and then be lured yourself into exciting stories about the long-standing history of this land.
Stories about betel-nuts sellers in the 19th century lead you straight to Hang Cau, then later changed into Hang Tre, a little 290-meter street stretching from Hang Muoi to Lo Su junction. The street is divided into two separated parts. From the beginning to Hang Thung junction sees a range of adjoining houses on both sides; meanwhile, the latter is remarked by walls of a Indochina building on the left and a residential area on the other side.
Dating back from hundreds years before, bamboos and timber were the key contributors to infrastructure; however, along with newly built constructions, they were more prone to replace those natural materials with cements and sand. Thus, bamboo business no longer transacted.
Unlike most streets in Hanoi, Hang Tre is not typically featured by any type of goods or services on Hang Tre Street; instead, the place currently becomes a collection of kiosks for rent. To be found there are several clothes shops, restaurants and hotels. The following spots are expected to support your short stay in Hanoi:
- In terms of accommodation, there are three two-star hotels on Hang Tre Street including Asia Palace Hotel at 44A, Hoang Gia Hotel at 20 and Blue Paradise Hotel at 34. Among them, Hoang Gia Hotel (Royal Hotel) is chosen by many tourists thanks to its central position in the city and outstanding view.
- Hoang Gia Restaurant is located within Hoang Gia Hotel. Beside Vietnamese food, most of dishes served there originally come from the neighboring China.
- To organize tours around the city, you may ask for help from VN daily tours at 14th Hang Tre or directly from receptionists in your hotel.