HANOI, VIETNAM - AUG 20, 2018: 87 Ma May street old house, Ha Noi, Vietnam. Second floor; Shutterstock ID 1460756816; full: Digital; gl: 65050; netsuite: poi; your: Barbara Di Castro

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Heritage House

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One of the Old Quarter’s best-restored properties, this traditional merchants’ house is sparsely but beautifully decorated, with rooms filled with fine furniture set around two courtyards. Note the high steps between rooms, a traditional design incorporated to stop the flow of bad energy around the property. There are crafts and trinkets for sale here, including silver jewellery, basketwork and Vietnamese tea sets, and there’s usually a calligrapher or another craftsperson at work too.

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