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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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Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Reviewed today

On the weekend the roads around the lake are closed to motor vehicles. The local people ride push bikes, jog or walk around this area. They also participate in dancing, tai chi, soccer, volleyball or badminton. A must do if you want to learn what...More

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Reviewed today

The fountains in the water try to keep things fresh but still there is a stench in few areas. Walking around the lake is otherwise relaxing

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Reviewed today via mobile

We came here at night, it was great view with cool weather. Walking around here and get some drinks nearby is a great idea.

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Reviewed yesterday

We visited this Lake at night with a group of friends on a tour of the country. It was beautifully lit up and the reflections were amazing in the water. Highly recommend a visit.

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Reviewed yesterday

We visited the lake by day and night, we were there at the weekend and the roads are closed to traffic so avoiding the usual Hanoi traffic hassles and madness. Lots to see and do, including impromptu karaoke, street jenga (!), mini-vehicles for kids to...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We spent a week in Hanoi, and when not out on trips, it was delightful to stroll round the lake from our hotel at the north end, stopping for refreshment at the lakeside cafes. There was always plenty to see and people watch. At the...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

You can have a pleasant walk. But its too hot and humid to walk. Lovely lake and you see the temple in the middle.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Experienced the place in the daytime and at night. Magnificent place. Relaxing and a great place to enjoy and stroll. During the day, lots of trees for shade from the sun. In the evening, much more interesting. People, both local and tourists stroll here. Becomes...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

This walking tour was organised by Alex at the Paradise Boutique Hotel, the idea is to help Uni students progress with their English. I would say most hotels will organise this tour if you request, Hien ( Cha-Cha) and Trang were our guides,we started at...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Good to see some trees and plants, although I'd hate to fall into the water..... Lots of people taking advantage of the area, with cute school kids stopping you with their older student to practice their English with the tourists. This area is a walking...More

Thank Bede M
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Charlene Gael A
28 August 2017|
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Response from rachie_xo |
it's a lake, it's always open... there's no fence around it or anything
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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
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forbes715
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
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