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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 via mobile

The area surrounding the lake is relaxing and peaceful. Many people could be seen jogging around the lake. However, the area surrounding the lake is dirty and unkempt. Some of the benches were broken and the grass unswept. The lake itself is filthy thus compromising...More

Thank sheronlee
Reviewed today

There are many nice photo settings that produce great souvenir pics. The highlight was meeting others just strolling or maybe taking their very own pics, or perhaps taking kids for walks or even photos. A great experience

Thank Tommy L
Reviewed today

We stayed in the old town and visited this lake last Sep. It is very nice to wonder around the lake. We also went to Hanoi on the weekend and all closed for walking street. Really good

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Reviewed today via mobile

On the weekend, there are programs of different companies which are interesting. You can join without extra cost. Besides, there are a lot of free music performance from students as well as local people. Should try.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The lake it’s ok, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to check it. Just a normal lake nothing extraordinary

Thank Catarina S
Reviewed yesterday

We arrived at night in order to have a quick view of the weekend night market around it. I've always known that the life of tropical cities are crazily passionate, but never witness how passionate. I like they crazily closed all the block just to...More

Thank Eve C
Reviewed yesterday

This Lake is really a peaceful area in Hanoi, very beautiful place for evening or morning walking. in the weekend all sq and streets around were close to the traffic and it was open just for pedestrians. in each corner a group of people were...More

Thank shiraziwine
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were lucky to be staying very near the lake. We were also very lucky to be there on Friday and Saturday when they close the streets to traffic after 7pm. It would appear that most of the people of Hanoi then pour into this...More

Thank Jane W
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Happen to have a side seeing after dinner at hanoi old quarter area. Suggest to have a night view, nice lighting and peaceful lake. Weather just nice.

Thank James L
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Walked around a couple of times during our stay. Plenty of coffee shops available. Lots of people just people watching some chilling some exercising. Only negative was there was a lot of rubbish actually in the lake .

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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