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Hoan Kiem Lake
Vacation Travel Guide

Wander around the banks of this peaceful lake and discover an historic temple, observe locals going about their daily life or enjoy a picnic lunch under the shade.

Hoàn Kiếm Lake is a popular meeting spot in Hanoi and the location of one of the city’s most picturesque temples. Just a short walk from the old town, the lake provides a leafy escape from the city crowds and heat. Join the locals for a game of chess, stroll around the lake or pack a picnic lunch to enjoy beneath the trees.

Hồ Hoàn Kiếm means “Lake of the Returned Sword” and the name is derived from an ancient myth. Legend states that the Vietnamese emperor Le Loi returned a sword, which he used to drive the Chinese out of Vietnam, to a magic turtle at this very spot.

In the middle of the lake lies Jade Island and the majestic Ngoc Son Temple (Temple of the Jade Mountain). Cross the bright red Huc Bridge (Bridge of the Rising Sun) to reach the temple. Peer down into the water and see if you can spot the large soft-shell turtles that inhabit the lake. Unfortunately, due to pollution and destruction of their habitat, the turtles are almost extinct.

Throw down a rug on the grass and relax with a picnic. Hoàn Kiếm Lake is just a short walk from a number of markets and stores selling fresh produce so you can easily pick up supplies. Watch as locals run laps around the lake or join in if you are feeling energetic.

A kiosk serving fresh Vietnamese coffee can be found on the eastern edge of the lake. For something more substantial, you can find restaurants serving local delicacies in the streets of the French Quarter to the south.

Hoàn Kiếm Lake is located between Hanoi’s old town and French Quarter and can easily be reached on foot from most central locations. Bus routes serve the area and some street parking is available. The lake is open daily and is free of charge.

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Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
5 out of 5
15 Ngo Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
The price is ¥13,488 per night from Mar 21 to Mar 22

This family-friendly Hanoi hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Hoan Kiem Lake and Hanoi Opera House. Ngoc Son Temple and Thang ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (997 reviews)
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Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

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The Oriental Jade Hotel
The Oriental Jade Hotel
5 out of 5
No. 92-94 Hang Trong Str., Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Hanoi
The price is ¥4,533 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Hoan Kiem, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hoan Kiem Lake and St. Joseph's Cathedral. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Hanoi Old ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (452 reviews)

"Staff is very hospitable and responsive to your needs."…"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021

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Peridot Grand Hotel & Spa by AIRA
Peridot Grand Hotel & Spa by AIRA
5 out of 5
33 Duong Thanh, Hanoi
The price is ¥6,301 per night from Mar 16 to Mar 17

This family-friendly Hanoi hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Vietnamese National Tuong Theatre, Hoan Kiem Lake, and St. Joseph's ...

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Reviewed on Dec 26, 2020

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Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
5 out of 5
15 Ngo Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
The price is ¥13,488 per night from Mar 21 to Mar 22
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The Oriental Jade Hotel
The Oriental Jade Hotel
5 out of 5
No. 92-94 Hang Trong Str., Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Hanoi
The price is ¥4,533 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8
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Peridot Grand Hotel & Spa by AIRA
Peridot Grand Hotel & Spa by AIRA
5 out of 5
33 Duong Thanh, Hanoi
The price is ¥6,301 per night from Mar 16 to Mar 17
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Authentic Hanoi Hotel
Authentic Hanoi Hotel
4 out of 5
13 Ly Thai To, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
The price is ¥3,003 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11
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Hanoi La Selva Central Hotel
Hanoi La Selva Central Hotel
3.5 out of 5
90 Cau Go, Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
The price is ¥2,252 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8
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Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi - Mgallery
Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi - Mgallery
5 out of 5
29 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
The price is ¥11,054 per night from Mar 16 to Mar 17
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Apricot Hotel
Apricot Hotel
5 out of 5
136 Hang Trong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
The price is ¥11,640 per night from Mar 6 to Mar 7
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Imperial Hotel & Spa
Imperial Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
44 Hang Hanh Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
The price is ¥2,824 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11
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Solaria Hotel
Solaria Hotel
4 out of 5
22 Bao Khanh Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
The price is ¥3,322 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10
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