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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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Nice lake and good crowd

It's a nice early morning or late afternoon walk around the lake. Quite romantic actually. And since it's right in the old quarter it's even better. Plus read about the lake's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Kansas City, Missouri
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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

It's a nice early morning or late afternoon walk around the lake. Quite romantic actually. And since it's right in the old quarter it's even better. Plus read about the lake's history and its unusual resident.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

If the capital does not have this lake... How is this...??? Early in the morning you will see people walking, exercising for new day. Around afternoon is Local life of HaNoi.and romantic nights for every couples come here. I tried great ice cream and coffee from a famous shop (could not remember name). Do not miss out it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

After shopping around Old Quarter, we chanced on this beautiful and peaceful lake. What a refreshing sight especially in the late afternoon when you get to see locals and tourists alike flocking in the area! This lake makes Hanoi so unique and simply beautiful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Very peaceful and picturesque lake near the old quarter. Fun to walk around and see life go by, sit on a bench with a coffee, or enjoy a bit of relaxation and break from the chaotic old quarter.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This lake is near to Old Quarter and yet it is peaceful. There is a temple on this lake that is related to the Legend of the Restored Sword. If you like to just relax and see how the locals enjoy their evenings, this is the best place to visit. There are also coffee shops along the lake that you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Just as the title says, peaceful or in other words, there's nothing much to it. People hang out, some take wedding photos. There's a tiny pagoda in the middle of the lake, however you can go there. Plus, with the heat, you probably don't want to be there for long.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

a little oasis in Hanoi. Nice around late afternoon when it is getting cooler. Interesting to watch the locals.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Even though it's encircled by busy streets, the lake is like a peaceful haven. It's a pleasure to stroll along the shady shore, and there are open-air cafes as well as an air-conditioned restaurant right beside the lake.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Absolute must do in Hanoi. The area around the lake is very happening so buy an ice cream, drink a coffee, take pictures and walk around. Perfect time is evening when there is light to take pictures and then night when the lights comes on. You can get some lovely pics of the watch tower. The red bridge is another... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Beautiful area, with a lot of hotels restaurants shops ne everything around the lake. On the evening we enjoyed the the breeze, the walking on the beach with thousands of people, dancing and jogging and biking around the lake. We were on the 40's to the merging of south and north Celebration and we enjoyed the fire works and the... More 

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