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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 yesterday

After arriving at our nearby Hanoi hotel on a Friday afternoon, we were pleasantly surprised to find that the roads around the entire lake become a pedestrian zone on the weekends. This made for a much more relaxing stroll around, and we enjoyed joining the...More

Thank p b
Reviewed 2 days ago

I've stayed in a hotel near this lake twice this season of my day is normally a beginning early morning walk within the lake. From approximately 5am you will find loads of locals out and about - all walking in a similar direction - practicing...More

Thank Abbye K
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Well worth the time to come visit and is a nice area to sit and relax while watching the world go by for a while when you’re in need of a break away from the hustle of daily Hanoi life.

Thank rhthomas1980
Reviewed 3 days ago

Its hard not to become immersed in the history and story telling associated with the lake. Its a magnet of local life here, especially at weekends when families come to wander around the lake and this should be a must on your visit to Hanoi...More

Thank fluffymonkey
Reviewed 3 days ago

Suggested to visit on sunday since the streets around are block off, so many people are able to enjoy walking around this lake. Nothing very special for the lake itself, just ordinary lake with the pagoda. The special thing is you can enjoy the surrounding...More

Thank Santi_Yosaint
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Walk around in the early morning to see the locals at their excel isle and to refresh yourself for the day ahead. Off course it is good to walk around at any time to get away from the constant buzz of the motorbikes and scooters....More

Thank RowdyMelbourne
Reviewed 4 days ago

We were lucky enough to be around during the weekend, the streets immediately around the lake are blocked off, allowing a really family friendly area. It was great to be able to walk slowly around the lake & see all the locals out & about,...More

Thank Maddy F
Reviewed 4 days ago

This could be so good. It is a dirty lake with a very decayed, run down excuse for a pergoda. If they spent the money they received from entry to repair the structure and some measures were put in place to clean up the lake...More

Thank N7468DVcarolp
Reviewed 5 days ago

Swap to Polish The lake is beautiful, airy, scenery around is very romantic, suitable for romantic people, fresh air. I enjoyed the Vietnam scenery. Whenever I have a chance I will continue to travel in Vietnam. I love Vietnam

Thank Anna_Jessica
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was our first visit to Hanoi and will not be our last. We arrived at our hotel at 11.00 am, after our lunch we decided to have a walk. We made our way to the lake and had a really lovely afternoon. We sat...More

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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