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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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A peaceful place in a busy city. Many photo opportunities and nice restaurants along the water. A pleasant place to walk around and take in the city sites

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Gold Coast, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

On a beautiful Sunday it is a beautiful. Place for a walk with the people of Hanoi, it Isabella easy walk, not too far, not too short just right with sights all around the lake.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

It was pretty smoggy the day we walked here but nonetheless it was beautiful and you could walk around the whole lake in probably 20 minutes.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

A peaceful place in a busy city. Many photo opportunities and nice restaurants along the water. A pleasant place to walk around and take in the city sites

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

This lake is so big and pretty. My daughter and I walked this from our hotel which was only a few blocks away. The lake is filled with people enjoying the view and there are cafes to eat and relax at. Early mornings people will exercise around it and I found the history of the lake interesting. We even saw... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

New Years in Vietnam can be both a joy and a misery. Because Vietnamese New Years extends over several days, crowds are inevitable at most popular sites. Nonetheless, for atmosphere and the cultural experience it is worth the effort. OH, be very careful about wallets and valuables--let's see, we lost one wallet and one small camera..

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Durbanville, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Everything happens around the lake!! It was great to watch the thousands of people move by, walk, running, doing thai chi, yoga or even dancing. Such a great atmosphere.

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

The story around this lake is interesting depending on who tells it. Pay a cheap ticket to enter and then take a look to a giant turtle and a temple that Im pretty sure there are lot more intersting one around Hanoi city. A must for the story...but inside average

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Fact about Hoi An- this city is really loud. Even the small streets are pretty noisy because of motorbikes and constant beeping. This park is probably the quietest spot in the city. Quite big with a lot of benches and nice amusement attractions ( don't know if the still work), perfect for a short gateway from all that noise.

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Indore, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We walked down from the Old Quarter to the Lake front dodging thousands of Motorbikes coming in all the directions. The walk through the narrow and congested streets to the lake is not very pleasant one, but spectacular. You will come across street hawkers selling the Conical Vietnamese Hats, Street Food Vendors, Vietnamese Bread and Cookies and all sort of... More 

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Not much to see but it is nice to walk around the lake and enjoy the local rice-ice cream and watch life goes by

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