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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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  • Average14%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Reviewed today via mobile

Very atmospheric and extremely close to most hostels. A little humid this time of year but there are plenty of benches in the shade of trees to sit under while you admire the lake. Or you can take a stroll around to the red bridge....More

Thank Wayfaring N
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We stayed very close to the lake and walked around it almost every day. It's very bustling and so much to take in and see. You can walk all the way round or sit on the benches taking it all in. Whatever you chose to...More

Thank Samantha P
Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful lake in the middle of hustle and bustle of the old town. Relaxing and great place to bring your coffee and watch people.

Thank Mireille D
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I am not sure at what times etc they close the streets but it is lovely when they do very tranquil stroll. Lovely sense of what the locals do.

Thank SMULV11
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you're staying in the Old Quarter and it's one of those hot and humid Hanoi days - I suggest you head down to Hoan Kiem Lake and actually walk the complete circumfrence. Lots of cold teas and places to stop along the way. Shady...More

Thank paulrichardt2015
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I like walking do exercise around the lake in morning with local people . The air was so fresh and very peaceful . I like it

Thank duong n
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I walked around the lake and enjoyed the sunset. I saw some group of people doing exercise, playing badminton, running, etc. There is a temple in the middle of the lake but I did not visit it. Maybe next time.

Thank Việt N
Reviewed 2 days ago

The streets around the lake are closed to traffic from 7pm on Fridays for the weekend. Locals flock to the area with space for children to play, good food, live music, and even exercise groups. Walking around the lake was a highlight of our Hanoi...More

Thank Andrew S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Wonderful lake .. serene atmosphere.. Txs to govt to ensure no traffic jam ... No vehicles beyond 6 pm is very good .. Mr Winnie our guide from ICS was good in explaining... The story was mesmerising..

Thank prakash i
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Its kinda nice place to visit over here, and the history of the lake is one worth knowing! On Sunday there will be no car around the lake, making it accessible to walk safely around, knowing the fact that the traffic is quite horrendous in...More

Thank SawCL
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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
13 January 2017|
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Response from MeKaC72 | Reviewed this property |
There is a small entrance fee for the temple on the lake, otherwise it is free
Lê Phạm L
23 December 2016|
Response from rogeandout | Reviewed this property |
Address: No.313 - Nui Ngoc - Cat Ba Town Hotline: (+84) 947165588