Holidays in Hoan Kiem Lake

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Hoan Kiem Lake featuring heritage architecture, a monument and a lake or waterhole

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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Aira Boutique Hanoi Hotel & Spa
Aira Boutique Hanoi Hotel & Spa
4.5 out of 5
38A Tran Phu St., Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi
The price is AU$39 per night from 21 Dec. to 21 Dec.
This family-friendly Hanoi hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of Train Street, Lenin Park and Flag Tower of Hanoi. Imperial Citadel of ...
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Aira Boutique Hanoi Hotel & Spa
Solaria Hotel
Solaria Hotel
4 out of 5
22 Bao Khanh Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
The price is AU$56 per night from 4 Jan. to 4 Jan.
Located in Hoan Kiem, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hoan Kiem Lake and Hanoi Opera House. St. Joseph's Cathedral and Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre ...
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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 AU$181 per night from 8 Dec. to 8 Dec.
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 ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (999 reviews)
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Reviewed on 8 May 2021

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
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This hotel is a short taxi ride to the lake and Hoan Kiem district. We pay 40,000 or 50,000 VND.

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Thang Long Opera Hotel
Thang Long Opera Hotel
4 out of 5
1C Tong Dan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
The price is AU$35 per night from 4 Jan. to 4 Jan.
Thang Long Opera Hotel
Aira Boutique Hanoi Hotel & Spa
Aira Boutique Hanoi Hotel & Spa
4.5 out of 5
38A Tran Phu St., Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi
The price is AU$39 per night from 21 Dec. to 21 Dec.
Aira Boutique Hanoi Hotel & Spa
Solaria Hotel
Solaria Hotel
4 out of 5
22 Bao Khanh Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
The price is AU$56 per night from 4 Jan. to 4 Jan.
Solaria Hotel
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
5 out of 5
15 Ngo Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
The price is AU$181 per night from 8 Dec. to 8 Dec.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
La Sinfonía del Rey Hotel & Spa
La Sinfonía del Rey Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
33-35 Hang Dau, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Ha Noi
The price is AU$85 per night from 21 Dec. to 21 Dec.
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Splendid Star Grand Hotel & Spa
Splendid Star Grand Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
No. 14 Tho Xuong Lane, Au Trieu str, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
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Golden Silk Boutique Hotel
Golden Silk Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
109-111 Hang Gai Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
The price is AU$41 per night from 17 Dec. to 17 Dec.
Golden Silk Boutique Hotel
Apricot Hotel
Apricot Hotel
5 out of 5
136 Hang Trong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
The price is AU$154 per night from 19 Dec. to 19 Dec.
Apricot Hotel
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 AU$139 per night from 12 Dec. to 12 Dec.
The Oriental Jade Hotel
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