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“Nice little walk” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
Hanoi, Vietnam
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Ranked #7 of 95 attractions in Hanoi
Type: Bodies of Water
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 little walk”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Nice place to take a stroll and pictures! Only takes a few minutes to walk around. Its just south of the shopping district too; convenient location.

Visited July 2013
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“Oasis in the middle of a hectic city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

The lake is a beautiful place to walk around early morning or during the evening. In the morning it's full of people ballroom dancing, exercising, doing tai chi and generally being active. In the night, couples sit on the lakes edge holding hands and enjoying the scenery. Definitely a must see.

Visited July 2013
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“Centre of Hanoi”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Everyone must visit the lake, recommend to go round once to see different part of Hanoi. The electric car (starting point near the water puppet theatre) is worth a go, it takes you round for 45 minutes, which is good for first time visitor to get an overview of the Hoan Kiem area. Good photo points around the lake.

Visited November 2012
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“A nice relaxing walk”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Traffic in Vietnam is a dislike and you can almost get away from it around the lake. Area to rest on way to the markets.

Visited July 2013
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“Beautiful lake”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Great to do your morning or evening walk around and see what the locals do ... Thai Chi ect or just sit in the shade and watch the passing parade

Visited July 2013
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