Since September 1st, 2016, Hanoi has opened its first pedestrian area—a large Walking Street—which will run over the weekends. The pedestrian zone has been established around the Hoan Kiem Lake, taking place from 7 pm on Friday to midnight on Sunday, every week. The initiative will be conducted until the end of this year and could become permanent if it is successful.
The pedestrian zone stretches across the streets of Dinh Tien Hoang, Hang Khay, Le Thai To, Le Lai, Le Thach, Tran Nguyen Han, Dinh Le, Nguyen Xi, Trang Tien, Lo Su, Hang Dau, Hoan Kiem Lake, Luong Van Can, Hang Bai, and Bao Khanh. In these areas, free WiFi is also available.
In parallel, Hanoi also allows 3-5 star hotels in the city, and restaurants and bars in the area of Hoan Kiem District, to be open until 2am. In the pedestrian zone, visitors have now the opportunity to enjoy a variety of traditional art performances organized at Ly Thai To Monument, Ba Kieu Temple, and The Huc Bridge, or to try typical foods in Hanoi Old Quarter. The government hopes to further boost the appeal of Vietnam capital.