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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
As featured in 3 Days in Hanoi
Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Peaceful place to take a stroll sit read a book or take some nice pictures. Not far from old quarter.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank edtheframer
Reviewed 2 days ago

Nice lake in the middle of the city. Go for a walk around the lake and have a coffee in one of the many coffee shops along. Or walk over the bridge to visit the temple!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Irmi C
Reviewed 2 days ago

Saw the lake over a period of 3 days. Unfortunately for me, it was heavily polluted in Hanoi at the time. Still, it is beautiful and one can spend hours sitting next to the lake. There are great coffee shops along the lake, and a...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank madeleinbooth
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It is a nice place to walk and stroll while visiting the city. A lot of coffee shops around and a pleasant walk. It was cold during December so we preferred to walk to a warm coffee shop instead but we believe a walk is...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank AsliHanGedik
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Even though the story that u will hear from the Vietnamese is very interesting the lake with the surrounding park does not make the difference. We have visited much better places. You will not find many tourists. The surrounding park is full of people marking...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank manolisk325
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Hoan Like Lake, lake within the city of Hanoi, place for the older to relax and rest...And also a place for tourist to visit as there is a temple within.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank WilliamW2183
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I took my friends to chill out and have a coffee. It was rainy and misty. It made the lake more peaceful than usual. On a sunny day, I recommend a beer outside around the lake.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank pateYan
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Ha noi visit is incomplete till you visit Hoan kiem lake and you cant miss it if you are visiting old quarters. This is a beautiful lake which will be bustling with life day and night alike. Walk around the lake,have food in innumerable restaurants...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank wanderyoga
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very near the old quarter. A small lake that you can walk right around. Some interesting monuments and attractions along the way. Not exceptionally beautiful but it makes for a pleasant walk.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank gordonj258
Reviewed 4 days ago

Interesting tourist spot around the lake and the island. Tombs of ancient Kings, Cathedrals and shopping in the area

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Malcolm S
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28 August 2017|
Response from rachie_xo |
it's a lake, it's always open... there's no fence around it or anything
28 August 2017|
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Response from 228pepijna | 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