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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 today via mobile

One of the finest lake in Hanoi. Though many lakes are there in Hanoi, however this one is center of old quarters and located in central. Water foundations were nice to see. Though, need some house keeping around the lake. Water is so murky and...More

Thank palaniv2017
Reviewed yesterday

This early morning visit was not on out itinerary, but our guide tipped us off to check out early morning visit,I was the only one who went from my group, one of the highlights of the whole trip. Great experience to see the locals of...More

Thank Ian P
Reviewed 2 days ago

The lake and path around it has the potential to be splendid. The reconstruction materials and obstructions seem to be addressing mechanical rather than aesthetic concerns which did not help.

Thank Suzanne C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Really chill place but was just a bit boring. All the touristy traps are laid there and just make it a bit unpleasant to dodge while trying to enjoy the place. However on weekends at night the place turns magical with the local culture coming...More

Thank Zush B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lovely walk around the lake, probably more picturesque in the summer without the dredging work!! Temple in middle but that has an entrance fee.

Thank ViksG
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is not the first time l have been here. But , it is a quintessential view of this remarkable city. Millions of photos have been taken of this mythological historical lake. No one goes to Hanoi an misses the lake. Day time or night...More

Thank RealgeordieBoy
Reviewed 2 days ago

A place to rest in the heart of the city. Vietnam History Lake Shopping Cheap leather goods made in Vietnam. There is a water puppet theater.

Thank travelerI532KV
Reviewed 3 days ago

Walking around the lake is very peaceful. This place is beautiful and romantic. I like so much. I will be back

Thank Ân T
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Nice to relax, if it's possible to relax in Hanoi. Big an beautiful area and beside the gardens have a lot of restaurants and shops

Thank Victor A
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Sunday is the best time to walk round the lake. Part of the streets are being sealed of from traffic. We can see family, student, couples and from all walk of life gathered to enjoy, play and perform. Smiling faces of Vietnamese can be seen...More

Thank sabahsandakan
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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