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Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Take a hour or two for a relaxing walk around the central lake. Sit and watch the world go by ! We went over the crimson bridge and visited the temple which was nice, entry 30k pp

Thank aleccolly
Reviewed yesterday

This tree lined lake is the place to feel the pulse and heart of the Old Quarter/Hanoi especially on weekends when the roads circling the lake is closed to traffic. It gets very busy over the weekend, with people exercising in the morning: tai ji,...More

Thank Rossman I
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A fantastic lake right in the middle of the busy city. It's very lively in the evening with locals playing traditional football, wedding clicks, joggers and hawkers! A walk around this lake is refreshing.

Thank Krishna D
Reviewed yesterday

Took a quiet walk around the lake, it's really big .. wear comfortable shoes. Lots of local families doing the same. Food vendors all over the place. A nice break from the crazy old quarter.

Thank Robert R
Reviewed yesterday

Takes about 40 minutes to walk around this lake in the center of the city. Nothing spectacular but definitely interesting. A nice, calm place to be.

Thank rbisset
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visited the lake for a short time listening to the story of the sword. The lake is beautiful and very peaceful with area surrounding it for tourist to just sit down and take in the serenity of it

Thank Elizabeth P
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A walk around lake is beautiful the trees make is shady and when we were there there was a pleasant breeze, seemed so far from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi. We walked around on a Sunday morning and were inundated by young people wanting...More

Thank Melanie B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Amazing walk around the lake, day or night one of my favorite spots in Old Quarter. I have walked around the lake everyday that I have been in Hanoi.

Thank Natalie E
Reviewed 2 days ago

If the hectic pace of Hanoi gets too much then you must visit Hoan Kiem Lake- sit amongst the locals & take in the beauty & people watch. We were staying very close to the lake so we were able to walk around it quite...More

Thank TheMartins1997
Reviewed 2 days ago

went there on weekend night no vehicles allowed groups of young people would play musical instruments young children with wood blocks, many would stroll around the lake and enjoy the entertainment and scenery we had a relaxing dinner and drink at a lake view restaurant

Thank Norman C
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Charlene Gael A
28 August 2017|
Response from rachie_xo |
it's a lake, it's always open... there's no fence around it or anything
Charlene Gael A
28 August 2017|
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Response from Pepijn A | Reviewed this property |
the locals get up pretty early to do their exercises. If you go there around 4 a.m/5am. you will already see people running and old ladies exercising
13 June 2017|
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Response from BobKL | Reviewed this property |
I live in Hanoi and, although of course you have to use normal common sense in protecting your valuables, this is probably one of the safest cities in Asia. And the Hoan Kiem Lake at night is beautiful. Would recommend... More