The charmingly chaotic Old Quarter is at the heart of Hanoi. A constant stream of honking scooters weave their way through the warren of higgledy-piggeldy streets, clusters of shop owners sit in their doorways nattering, and sellers with conical hats balance baskets on their shoulders as they power walk their wares around. In complete contrast, on the south east side of Hoan Kiem Lake you will find the French Quarter with wide tree-lined avenues, colonial architecture and the neo-classical iconic Hanoi Opera House. And that is not all. The Vietnamese capital is full of culture hits, from must-visit museums and temples to contemporary galleries and theatres showing the ancient performance art of water puppetry.