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The only way to really describe the Hanoi Old Quarter (and the rest of the city, to a lesser extent) is “Organized Chaos.” Cars, motorcycles, bikes, pedestrians, pedicabs, carts, and vehicles of all other sorts weave in and out of each other as they careen along narrow alleys and through stoplight-less intersections. It’s a grand anarchic ballet, and one of the best things to do in Hanoi is sit at one of the coffee shop balconies overlooking Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square and watch the people weave in and out with practiced ease (bonus: watching tourists trepidatiously crossing the street so slowly they get outpaced by grannies carrying massive bags).