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Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

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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...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Reviewed today via mobile

The lake is in the old quarter and a must see if those of you wishing to do some sight seeing and also take some time out from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi. The lake is a must see and in the centre is...More

Thank Phil W
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited Hoan Kiem Lake while being in Hanoi. Was not really impressed. The best part for us was actually to walk around the lake looking at people and just relax

Thank Arnt E
Reviewed yesterday

This is a beautiful lake! We had a nice walk around and love the peaceful feeling we have during the walk. This lake holds as big a place in local folklore as it does in Hanoi's city culture.

Thank Lisa W
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Had a lovely walk around the lake early evening There is a lot to see and we were lucky enough to be stopped by some lovely teenagers who wanted to practice their English with us this was a highlight for our teenage children who enjoyed...More

Thank bribrendy_12
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lovely place to cool down during the day or people watch during the evening. Find a bench to enjoy the lights that switch on at 7pm.

Thank Patricia L
Reviewed 2 days ago

I guess they still need to collect fees to enter. but when you go in and find someone drilling or cutting tiles on a pleasant Sunday afternoon, you feel a little misunderstood. Not what I was really expecting. But when they have finished I'm sure...More

Thank Danny Q
Reviewed 3 days ago

It takes about 30 minutes to walk around the lake. On all sides you have nice pubs and restaurants and massage. Enjoyable afternoon stroll or go at night and visit the pubs. Packed full of foreigners from all around the world. Fun adventure. Drinks run...More

Thank Kevin O
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a beautiful and peaceful respite from the noise and bustle of Hanoi. Great photo opportunity too!

Thank Steph B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Hoan Kiem is a nice place to walk around, with a fun little temple right in the middle which makes for a great photo. The surrounding area is good also, with many shopping streets and restaurants. We walked around the lake and it was quite...More

Thank rchlwllms
Reviewed 4 days ago

When you visit Hanoi you realize that around Hoan Kiem lake is where the action is. From the people doing exercise in the morning till the partying crowd in the evening. And there are many restaurants and cafes around the lake where you can sit...More

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Charlene Gael A
August 27, 2017|
Response from rachie_xo |
it's a lake, it's always open... there's no fence around it or anything
Charlene Gael A
August 27, 2017|
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Response from Pepijn A | Reviewed this property |
the locals get up pretty early to do their exercises. If you go there around 4 a.m/5am. you will already see people running and old ladies exercising
June 13, 2017|
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Response from BobKL | Reviewed this property |
I live in Hanoi and, although of course you have to use normal common sense in protecting your valuables, this is probably one of the safest cities in Asia. And the Hoan Kiem Lake at night is beautiful. Would recommend... More