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“Best seen at night”

Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
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Ranked #15 of 289 things to do in Hanoi
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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.
Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

Booked a hotel just around the corner from the lake, so went there for every evening of our stay in Hanoi. The lake is best seen at night, when the famous red bridge are lighted up, making a great view.

You can wander around (approximately 2 km), or just enjoy the Incredible view from the 6th or 7th floor of Avalon Cafe Lounge wich is highly recommended.

Thank Aleksander J
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

During the day this lake is great, in the evening the lights (at New Year) means it's amazing.
One of the best prominades on the planet.

Thank Zana B
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

A great place to get a way from the noise and traffic of Hanoi. The walk around the lake is wonderful.

Thank David J
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Reviewed January 28, 2014

Our guide told us the story about the Lake and looking around at the surrounding areas it was like a fairy tale come to life between the old and the new.

Thank lrod154985
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

This is a beautiful small lake in the middle of the city. We saw many newly wedded couples posing for photos. We recommend to have a walk around the lake after dark to watch all the lights which sets off the beautiful shape of the trees around the lake. The Ngoc Son temple and the red bridge out to it gives the lake a mysterious setting.

Thank Olav S
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