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Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

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Address: Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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A rare breed of turtle enjoys this popular lake almost as much as countless...

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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Lovely spot for walking

And people watching too. There's so much happening ard the lake, people dancing, exercising, running, walking their dogs.

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Hobart, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Whilst this lake is popular by the locals, on a sunny day it may provide a better outlook, ancient temple sits to one end however on a rainy misty day, looks very murky. I pictured sailing boats and gondolas being able to take tourists around this wonderful attraction, alas, I would fear of falling in... and becoming quite ill. All... More 

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There are lot of people who perform their different talents around the lake. On Sat. and Sun it becomes walking street after 5:00 pm , no vehicle zone. This charge your mood and you will left happy in night..

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Thank Rakesh P
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

You can walk along the lake to see people and the night life in Ha Noi. This is like the heart of Ha Noi.

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Broederstroom, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were in Hanoi over Easter weekend and then on another subsequent weekend and it really is a joy to have the streets around Hoan Kiem closed to traffic. Everyone comes out to stroll in the street and play - including various communal games from tug-of-war to skipping rope to Da Cau - the national game of Vietnam involving kicking... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

And people watching too. There's so much happening ard the lake, people dancing, exercising, running, walking their dogs.

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Thank Jeret90
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The lake is where you see young people meet up and chatting up with friends. It is especially lively at night with locals and couples strolling and enjoying the ambience.Really love that place

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Thank Md Halim I
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The lake is really nice and peaceful. If you can wake up early to watch the sunrise or stay later on the day see the sunset. At night time if you are on a rooftop bar, you can see the beautiful lake lighted up.

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Thank Calvin N
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The lake is average. The plaza near is more fun. It seems a gathering place for locals. With a lot a of restaurants and cafés and beverage promoters around, families enjoy their evenings and weekends. Ice cream and hotdogs stands .. Relaxing but noisy moments with locals.

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Thank AADSWJ
Bogota, Colombia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice lake in middle of Hanoi city, close to Old Quarter. The story of the Restore Sword is quite interesting, and the lake itself together with the Turtle Pagoda are beautiful places for a short walking

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Hervey Bay, Australia
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This really is a beautiful place to be - peace and serenity amidst a sea of scooters , bikes and cars - I loved wandering around the lake - it's a great place to soak up the atmosphere We found a gorgeous little French bakery to sit and have a cuppa Wandering around the lake is definitely a highlight of... More 

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