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Roaming Around Hanoi History

October 1, 2014 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under: , , , ,

A typical but remarkable characteristic in Vietnam is the organization of businesses into sort of “guilds”, where shops in the same street all sell the same type of products.

Shopping at the historical streets of Hanoi old quarter

At Khiri Travel Vietnam we feel obliged to take travelers deep inside the real Vietnam by bringing them on a walking tour through these streets in Hanoi’s old quarter, where getting lost and buying souvenirs is part of the adventure. The day starts very early with a walk around Hanoi’s bustling city center where we stop in some of these thematic streets.

It is inevitable to hear every single vendor calling out to potential buyers, especially foreigners walking in these streets; everyone wants us to visit their shop and spend some time talking with us. It’s part of the culture and we must say that walking through these cityscapes gives you the chance to learn how to bargain in the pure Vietnamese style.

Wood carving handicraft in Hanoi old quarter

We can for example start our day by visiting the stamp street. Long ago, Confucian scholars used wooden stamps to imprint their names or school’s name on books. Nowadays, the wooden stamps are engraved with various shapes and patterns such as street names, the twelve animals of the zodiac, conical hats, Chinese calligraphy, signatures, and Vietnamese girls in ao dai, the traditional Vietnamese dress.

Shopping for party decoration at the street in historical Hanoi

Hang Ma Street, the next stop, is famous for selling paper goods, and in particular, paper votive offerings. This iconic street has been selling paper goods for more than 500 years.

History and culture are all over Hanoi’s streets and we support 100 percent getting your travelers out on foot walking through neighborhoods where different traditions and customs blend together right in front of us. It only takes an afternoon walk to discover some unique and authentic facets of the Vietnamese lifestyle.

For more information on shopping in Hanoi and booking requests, please contact [email protected].

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