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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
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A rare breed of turtle enjoys this popular lake almost as much as countless...

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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Is rather eery when you see this at different times of the day. Lovely lit up at night and gives an ethereal image and then we saw it again in the morning and it was raining and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited the lake at night, it was a worthwhile visit and we got some great photographs. Only 30,000 dong to enter.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I used to paack a sandwich and go sit there for my lunch with music in my ears ..also check the open gym space at night ..people go there to do some aerobics at around 6-8pm

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The lake is beautiful and the walk is very refreshing! Plus, you get to hang out with some locals, because if there is one thing I learned during my solo travels of Hanoi, it's that the Vietnamese are not afraid to speak English to foreign people. I was stopped a few times by all ages of Viet people asking me... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You can walk around it any day, but, since September, the road around the lake is closed to motorised transport. Very enjoyable walking around the lake which borders the old quarter with the french quarter.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Is rather eery when you see this at different times of the day. Lovely lit up at night and gives an ethereal image and then we saw it again in the morning and it was raining and mirky and made this look like it could be in some mystical or horror movie with all the moss or soot growing on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Autumn in Hanoi is a special time. Countless poets and artist have immortalized Hanoi Fall season in their poem, music, pinting, etc. Hanoi Autumn is even better around this lake. Many cafes, bars and restaurants will cater to your most demanding needs. There is even a backpackers area for the traveling kind. Enjoy Hanoi in Autumn.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Legend claims that the heavens sent an Emperor a magical sword which he used to drive the Chinese from Vietnam. After the war a giant turtle appeared ,grabbed the sword and disappeared. A must see place. Crowded but a different culture.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A walk around the lake on a fine day is a real must - it is pleasant with good lakeside walkways that are even and safe. There are cafes along the lakeside for a quick stop and the prices there are reasonable. It is very relaxing and easy to do with benches to sit and while away an hour or... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's cozy and nice place to take a walk during evening. Road will be blocked on weekends for streets performance and people to walk around the lake .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We arrived on Independence day what a relief as the roads were closed to traffic really easy to get around, plenty of shops and activities around this huge lake.

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