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Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

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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...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Reviewed today

If you had a long day and just want to relax and feel the cool breeze, this is the place to be. I went here before starting my day and it was so relaxing, it helped clear my mind. The other end is near the...More

Thank grapegump
Reviewed today via mobile

Head to the lake at the weekend and the streets are often bike-free and lined with exciting expos and events. For such a busy city, it is great to find a spot where children can play and people can exercise and enjoy an evening stroll....More

Thank Jackieiscontent
Reviewed yesterday

This lake is a center of life in downtown Hanoi. There's plenty happening here all the time. It's especially nice on Saturday when they close the road around it to traffic. But it's fun to see all the activity on other days.

Thank TravelingFamilyTrip
Reviewed yesterday

The perimeter streets surrounding the lake are closed to vehicular traffic from Friday evening to Sunday evening. This allows the pedestrian to focus on his or her surroundings rather than dodging scooters, buses and cars. The lake itself is really not the attraction, it is...More

Thank Vern B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Just a stroll around the lake and listen to the tragic story of the prince and princess and turtle(wont spoil), the rich culture and story telling of the Vietnamese people is impressive and hard to forget. Watch out when you get a cab from here...More

Thank unagipai
Reviewed 2 days ago

Walked several times around the side nearest the water puppet theatre and enjoyed the coolness and breezy air from the lake. The lake however was a military green so no one even paddling in it. Many wooden seats lakeside however several had wooden slats missing,...More

Thank donmountford
Reviewed 2 days ago

A lovely little lake situated between the French quarter as well as the Old Quater of Hanoi. Surrounded by a strip of parklands chock-full locals savoring the lake, getting hitched, folks watching and simply enjoying life on the whole. 2 beautiful little temples adorn the...More

Thank Long S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lovely place to do many things such as night market on Sunday (roads are closed so it’s great for pedestrians/families), enjoy some nature in the hustle and bustle of Hanoi or just walk around the lake and watch life go by. Nearby is the French...More

Thank bdan93
Reviewed 3 days ago

Our hotel was near, we liked to walk around the lake specialy on weekend because car et bike trafic is not allowed, just electriic cars for kids ! There is also bus station no 14 to go to museum of ethnologie.

Thank Sherpa15424852153
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Location of the lake is central of Hanoi, close to Old Quarter. In the morning or late afternoon was a great time to me when I was in the city. Went for a walk with trees, gardens and some symbolic buildings. But sometimes polluted.

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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