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Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Most famous lake in Hanoi. Nothing to shout about but its a great place to just sit and rest and watch the tourists go by.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

beautiful lake to go around. Your can go to Thap Rua or just walking along the lake. It's very relaxing. You can have a cup of coffee across from the lake.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Beautiful spot to walk around during the day and even more beautiful at night time with all the lights on

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Most famous lake in Hanoi. Nothing to shout about but its a great place to just sit and rest and watch the tourists go by.

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Lahore, Pakistan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Next to old quarter but a must visit at night because of lights. Mostly people walk around the lake but few good restaurants as well

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Great location for evening walks and people watching. Lots of locals enjoy the lake and they converge at key points to enjoy the evening breeze and frequently you get to see the local conduct dancing classes or keep fit classes around the lake area. . Weekends it gets crowded so beware

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Sunshine Coast, Queensland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Walk around the lake, take a rick Shaw ride, enjoy the café/restaurants, watch the people go by locals and tourists, watch the gardeners, the place is cool and inviting

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Glenhaven, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed strolling around this lake in the heart of Hanoi. It took longer than anticipated as we were approached by about 4 different groups of students on the way wanting to practice their English! To be able to spend time like this with 'the locals' was a real joy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Lovely looking lake, enjoyed walking round watching the locals do tai chi and the ladies replanting the beautiful flower displays. Lots of places to sit and people watch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Meeting place of the local population for walks and jogging, where the gardens are well maintained and offer good spaces of rest.

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Dronfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

A world away from Hanoi. The lake is is so peaceful, you easily forget about the bustling streets of Hanoi. There are a lot of benches but it is busy so you might have to walk quiet a bit until you can find a vacant one. My most enjoyable experience at the lake was when a couple of Vietnamese students... More 

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