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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 2 days ago via mobile

Some cities have a place that just naturally draws people in and this lake is one of those places. It became our place to walk around after dinner, our land mark to walk to when we got lost in the labrinth of streets and shops,...More

Thank annebarclay17
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Starting off with the lake: it's lovely and tranquil, very photogenic. With many trees with their branches dancing into the still water. It's a pleasant ant not strenuous walk around it, but the midday heat should be avoided. You can cross the Red Bridge to...More

Thank TormodMM
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We walked around the Old Quarter in Hanoi and then made our way to the Hoan Kiem Lake. It’s a very nice attraction and is surrounded by plenty of other things to do such as the water puppet theatre, Hoa Lo prison and St Joseph’s...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

It was walking distance from the hotel I stayed in and it was chilled early in the morning. Good running spot but the poor air around due to the city.

Thank kcchia25
Reviewed 3 days ago

Pretty lake in the middle of the very busy Old Quarter with a legend. Its just a nice place for a walk and a lovely place for families to go. Very peaceful first thing in the morning before the area gets busy and also in...More

Thank JulieH6061
Reviewed 3 days ago

This lake is not so much on its scenery, but local people here believe in its legend. "Hoan Kiem" means restored sword by a General after winning the battle to the giant turtle..Nothing special in day time visit except there is a small temple in...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Depending on weather ! Enjoy the cool breeze during morning and evening but not in the noon for the heat wave !!

Thank Edisons G
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Its a chilling spot. Lake was pretty but there was nothing much in the temple which was having renovation.

Thank Adventure160305
Reviewed 4 days ago

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 5 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
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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
14 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