This is the oldest neighbourhood in Hanoi, in the heart of the city around Lake Hoan Kiem. The buildings here, many of which are quite old, are low, some in the French style. Walking through the streets of the Old Quarter, you're guaranteed a good time. There are all sorts of stores, and you can stop to drink beer, eat at a street stall, or smoke the water pipes on offer. There are plenty of hotels and guesthouses here, as it's the quintessential backpacker neighbourhood. Travel agencies offering tours all over the country can also be found here.