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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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Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Reviewed today

This is a beautiful lake! We had a nice walk around and love the peaceful feeling we have during the walk. This lake holds as big a place in local folklore as it does in Hanoi's city culture.

Thank Lisa W
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Reviewed today via mobile

Had a lovely walk around the lake early evening There is a lot to see and we were lucky enough to be stopped by some lovely teenagers who wanted to practice their English with us this was a highlight for our teenage children who enjoyed...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lovely place to cool down during the day or people watch during the evening. Find a bench to enjoy the lights that switch on at 7pm.

Thank Patricia L
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Reviewed yesterday

I guess they still need to collect fees to enter. but when you go in and find someone drilling or cutting tiles on a pleasant Sunday afternoon, you feel a little misunderstood. Not what I was really expecting. But when they have finished I'm sure...More

Thank Danny Q
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Reviewed 2 days ago

It takes about 30 minutes to walk around the lake. On all sides you have nice pubs and restaurants and massage. Enjoyable afternoon stroll or go at night and visit the pubs. Packed full of foreigners from all around the world. Fun adventure. Drinks run...More

Thank Kevin O
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a beautiful and peaceful respite from the noise and bustle of Hanoi. Great photo opportunity too!

Thank Steph B
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Hoan Kiem is a nice place to walk around, with a fun little temple right in the middle which makes for a great photo. The surrounding area is good also, with many shopping streets and restaurants. We walked around the lake and it was quite...More

Thank rchlwllms
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Reviewed 3 days ago

When you visit Hanoi you realize that around Hoan Kiem lake is where the action is. From the people doing exercise in the morning till the partying crowd in the evening. And there are many restaurants and cafes around the lake where you can sit...More

Thank Bangkokguran
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I have been here a lot of time. But each time I came here. There was a lot of experience for me. I was enjoy music, food, activities, so on. In the morning I enjoyed fresh air, running, doing Tai Chi. Would recommended

Thank Tay N
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A beautiful piece of water in a busy city. But that's it ! Go and experience something els if your time is limited ! If you need space for exercise, enjoy it.

Thank Roelf v
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Charlene Gael A
August 27, 2017|
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Response from rachie_xo |
it's a lake, it's always open... there's no fence around it or anything
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Charlene Gael A
August 27, 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
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forbes715
June 13, 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
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