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“Probably, the centre of your planning trip.”

Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
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$68.00*
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Half-Day Hanoi Food Tour by Motorbike
Ranked #12 of 278 things to do in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Llucmajor, Spain
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“Probably, the centre of your planning trip.”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

The Lake is a good spot to get references from. It's worth to have a walk around and to visit the temple sited in the middle. If so, be sure you get your money change back.

Visited November 2012
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“Good Place for a Stroll”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

The lakeside paths are an escape from the congestion and noise on Hanoi's streets. Go early in the morning to watch tai chi, or perhaps to be invited to dance with local people.

Visited January 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Watch your bags”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

We found that it was good enough just to walk across the bridge over part of the lake to get a good view. We were hastled by people whilst we were trying to take photos so just keep your bags on your fronts.

Visited August 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Great place to walk”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

Loved the lake and the temple. It was very pleasant at any time of the day. Good reference point to have.

Visited January 2013
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“Average and be careful”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

Beware of pickpockets!!Try not to bring backpacks,camera bags,purse while going there especially at night time!!If really have to...please keep it infront of you or hang around the neck if it is a camera.Well.As i almost fall as a victim when this pick pocket open my backpack from behind but i realized 1st time and confronted him and me and my wife left since we didnt lost anything and has no proof as well!!....well..it is happening everywhere but just be careful!!

Visited January 2013
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