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Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

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Address: Hanoi, Vietnam
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: A rare breed of turtle enjoys this popular lake almost as much as...
A rare breed of turtle enjoys this popular lake almost as much as countless locals and tourists. Hoan Kiem Lake is a dynamic daily tableau, from morning walks amid locals doing exercises on the shore, to young couples water-gazing on park benches, to the multiple shopping and sight-seeing opportunities in the vicinity. Centrally located in the city, Hoan Kiem Lake serves as a massive home base, and provides endless people-watching and recreational opportunities on the edge of the Old Quarter.
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Beautiful small lake

Right near Old Quarter, a small lake with beautiful scenery. Take a walk around and you will find many photogenic area.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 NEW

Right near Old Quarter, a small lake with beautiful scenery. Take a walk around and you will find many photogenic area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 NEW

It's such a nice reprieve from the chaos of traffic that is the centre of Hanoi! Walking around the lake and being able to divert off (cross the road slowly, let the traffic go around you!) to the French Quarter, The Old Quarter, the Water Puppet show etc.and the air just seems that much cooler and cleaner.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 NEW

Very nice to walk around and enjoy. in the morning the people excersize their practisis. In the evening it is romantic. The turtle house in the middle

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 NEW

Several things to enjoy around the lake. But it's a small 4 stars. As with everything else concerning Hanoi, it's not the sights tourist attractions that are recommendable. It's the people, food and culture..

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 NEW

The lake is surrounded with lots of benches/cafes and place to relax and take in the lake-- goos for people watching too! You can also see locals practicing tai chi

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 NEW

The lake appears to be the centre of Hanoi! It is just lovely to walk around the lake in the evening, strolling with locals and travellers alike.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

As with many other cities in Vietnam, this is the obligatory lake around which the city i built. It's quite dirty and quite small, but people gather along the esplanade of an evening, and early morning you can see many groups of people running exercise classes such as Ti Chi

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Interesting temple with a story. Worth having a look around and understanding the history of the temple. Look up the history unless you have a guide book. Under 15 years old for free.

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We walked around the lake, very nice walk. Beautiful and great photo opportunity. At night the lake lights up !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

True insight to Vietnamese culture, especially when visited early in the morning! This area comes alive from around 5.30am with people exercising around the lake. Exercise here ranges from people playing keepy upies with a shuttle cock to ballroom dancing to tai-chi. Anything to exercise the mind and body goes, just walk around the lake and you won't be disappointed.... More 

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Address: Hanoi, Vietnam
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