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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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Easy walk in the French Quarter and Old Quarter

We went early morning, midday, and the evening. Good place to see locals and domestic tourists. also, a good place to getyur bearing when walking around the French Quarter, Old... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Houston, Texas, United States
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Colorful street lights on the bank with a bright stunning view. Best view is at night when it lights up. You can go for a walk either alone or with your other half or just let yourself loose and enjoy the stunning view. The view is something that shouldn't be missed. I was there at night after a slow down... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went early morning, midday, and the evening. Good place to see locals and domestic tourists. also, a good place to getyur bearing when walking around the French Quarter, Old Quarter, and cathedral district. A 5 minute walk from our hotel in the French Quarter, and a 5 minute walk from our hotel in the Old Quarter.

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Thank Clay F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The lake gives a relaxing place to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the old quarter. Early morning you see the locals doing their exercises and laps of the lake, later in day you might chat to locals and have students ask you to test their English ( if you get chance please help them because it's not only... More 

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Thank gazandanne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fantastic temlpe in the middle of the city so quiet you would not believe it. with in walking distance

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Thank Lesley N
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a lovely spot to visit when you are exploring the old quarter. The monument is pretty and entry is only $30,000VND (about $2 Aus). The legend of the sword and the information about it is all there and there are guides if you want. Lots of tourists and a good place to cool down and take in the... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The landmark, many tourism spots are surrounding this lake. Although you may not find it very special, but no doubt this is a very happening place where you can see people exercising in the morning, walking around in the evening, and spending their time there at the night. There is also a story for the lake, check it out.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the Lake of the Restored Sword on our first day in Hanoi. Confronted with a 36 degree day, the shade of the trees around the lake provided some respite. The walk around the lake is a decent one and there's the Ngoc Son Temple to visit as well (located on an island in the lake). The lake is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This seems to be the center of Hanoi nightlife. Crowds, especially young people and families with kids, are everywhere, doing all sorts of things. Street vendors sell ice cream, water, and flowers. The lake is lit with colorful spotlights on the temple in the center island and the bridge along one side (night also obscures how rundown the temple in... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

a nice lake in the middle of the city, with a park, people everywhere just walking to trying to sell their products. The red bridge with the temple.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is simply a nice place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi. There are many people sitting and enjoying the lake both in the day and the evening.

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