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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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Nice makes for a quick visit

Combined with a visit to the water puppet theater makes for a good afternoon program. I advise to but the tickets for the show then stroll in the park 1-2 hours and head for the... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Combined with a visit to the water puppet theater makes for a good afternoon program. I advise to but the tickets for the show then stroll in the park 1-2 hours and head for the show. The temple is interesting but I guess if you're traveling on a strict budget you could spare the 30.000 entry fee since you can... More 

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Clare, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Its worth a visit to be able to walk thde lake in a pedestrian safe area. Not having to watch out for traffic was enjoyable. Its a pretty area and found our time there relaxing. Nightime it lights up and looks lovely as well.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Right in the heart of the city and in the old quarter...you can't really get a better spot in Hanoi, in my opinion. Yes, it's busy and full of people trying to flog you things, but just take a seat anyway and enjoy the beautiful views or take a gentle walk around it. It's also a smashing place to people... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Not look good at day. At night it's beautiful. There are many people sit around the lake. Not so nosiy, peaceful..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

if in hanoi have a walk around the lake and mix with the local population who socialise and mix down there. We enjoyed speaking english with the kids and enjoyed getting up early and watching the locals doing their morning exercises

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There are a few lakes within the district but this one is my favourite as it seems to be right in the heart of the Old Quarter and always has so much going on around it. It's not really what I'd call a relaxing place because it is so busy. We saw people doing group dance classes, many people selling... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My third visit to hanoi. Second time to actually take the time in walking around. During the day, it is hot, humid, and hazy. Around sunset time, plenty of people working out and jogging. At night, the lights come on and the murky lake water becomes an oasis. Plenty of vendors selling soft drinks at night that i do not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love walking around Hoan Kiem Lake, it takes around 20 mins or so to do a lap. Love the atmosphere. If you need to break out of the narrow, busy streets of the Old Quarter, take a walk around this lake. We went at nighttime as well as in the day and both were worthwhile. I liked it -... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A nice place for take a walk in this busy city, close to many street foods, restaurants, cafe...etc.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This lake is really large, loads of wonderful trees, the odd temple, and plenty of grass. The road is busy buzzing with bikes and scooters and 2 metres away you are under trees and watching fish. Really good walk around on a really hot and steamy day. The bridge and temples are really lovely as well. Families just out enjoying... More 

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