Vietnam TravelThe Best Things to Do Around Hoan Kiem Lake

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Most people know Hoan Kiem Lake as the heart of downtown Hanoi. But not many know what to do when they get there. That’s why I’m writing this article: to give you a few ideas about how to make the most of your time in the lake’s vicinity. Whether you’re a tourist or a local, I think you’ll find something on this list that interests you.

Take a stroll around the lake

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Hoan Kiem Lake is beautiful any time of day, but I think it’s especially nice in the early morning or late afternoon when the light is softer. There’s something about strolling around the lake and taking in the scenery that just feels very calming.

Watch the sunset

If you stick around until dusk, you can catch a beautiful sunset over Hoan Kiem Lake. I recommend heading up to one of the bridges for a better view.

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Have a picnic

Hoan Kiem Lake is a great place for a picnic. There are plenty of trees and grassy areas around the perimeter of the lake, so you can find a spot that’s just perfect for you. Just be sure to clean up after yourself when you’re done!

Go for a swim

Ok, so technically you’re not supposed to swim in Hoan Kiem Lake. But I’ve seen people do it anyway, and it does look like a lot of fun. Just be careful not to get too close to the turtles!

Visit one of the temples

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There are actually three temples located around Hoan Kiem Lake: Ngoc Son Temple, Quan Thanh Temple, and Ba Chua Thuong Ngan Temple. Each has its own unique features, so it’s worth taking a look at all three if you have the time.

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Feed the turtles

Speaking of turtles, there are actually quite a few of them living in Hoan Kiem Lake. You can buy some food from one of the vendors around the lake and then sit back and watch the turtles come to you. It’s really quite charming.

Take a boat ride

For a small fee, you can take a boat out onto Hoan Kiem Lake. It’s a great way to get a different perspective on the lake and its surroundings.

Play chess

If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, why not try your hand at chess? There are always people playing around Hoan Kiem Lake, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find a game.

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People watch

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photo: Harry Tran

Hoan Kiem Lake is one of those places that’s just teeming with life. There’s always something going on, and it can be fun just to sit back and watch the world go by.

Get some exercise

Hoan Kiem Lake is a great place to get some exercise. There’s a walking/jogging path that goes all the way around the lake, so you can get in a good workout while enjoying the scenery.

I hope you enjoyed this list of things to do around Hoan Kiem Lake. If you have any other suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

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Hoan Kiem Lake truly offers a myriad of activities for everyone. From serene strolls to breathtaking sunsets, idyllic picnics amidst nature to exploring sacred temples, it’s a cultural treasure waiting to be uncovered. And who can resist the pure delight of feeding the turtles? What’s your favorite activity at Hoan Kiem Lake?

yogi88
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Hanoi and looking for a blend of natural beauty, cultural experiences, and delicious food.

lemondrops777
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lemondrops777

Exploring Hoan Kiem Lake is definitely a must-do when visiting Vietnam! The lake offers the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure, allowing you to take a dip in the water or go on a scenic hike.

DalatDreamer
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@lemondrops777

Thank you for your input! I enjoyed exploring the lake and am excited to do it again soon.

WhimsyPetal-70
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WhimsyPetal-70

Hey @lemondrops777! That’s awesome to hear that you enjoyed exploring the lake and are looking forward to doing it again soon. I can totally understand the excitement! By the way, what were some highlights of your previous exploration?

shieldless17
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shieldless17

I’m so glad you enjoyed exploring around the lake! Have you tried the traditional street food nearby? It’s a must-try when you’re in the area. Can’t wait for your next visit to Hoan Kiem Lake!

HoaMai18
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@lemondrops777

I definitely enjoyed exploring Hoan Kiem Lake! The perfect mix of relaxation and adventure was a perfect fit for me.

PopQueen92
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PopQueen92

I’m so glad there are many great things to do around Hoan Kiem Lake! I’m definitely going to have to check it out the next time I’m in Vietnam.

NguyenHien1998
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What a great list of activities to do around Hoan Kiem Lake! I’m sure anyone visiting the area will find something to enjoy. I particularly like the idea of taking a leisurely stroll around the lake. It’s a great way to relax and appreciate the beauty of the area. I also love the idea of visiting the local markets and trying some local cuisine. It’s a great way to truly experience the culture of the area. Thanks for sharing!

vietzone
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I love Hoan Kiem Lake! It’s not just a place to take pictures and see the famous turtle. There are lots of cool activities you can do there, too. I’ve been there a few times, and each time I go there’s something new that catches my eye.

SupremeElite76
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SupremeElite76

That’s awesome to hear! Every visit must be like a new adventure. Have you tried renting a swan boat? It’s a peaceful way to see the lake from a different perspective. It’s not just about the hustle and bustle around the lake, right?

LeShin
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LeShin

Hoan Kiem lake is one of the most photographed places in Hanoi. It’s also a great place to enjoy the city’s famous street food, as well as its delicious coffee.

1988TQ
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Hoan Kiem Lake is an amazing spot just for getting pictures. I have never been to this area but I am always seeing amazing pictures popping up on travel blogs I follow as well as travelers on Intagram. Such a beautiful place with amazing people. 

MrZero
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@1988tq You are right. It is a beautiful place for pictures. My parents actually went there for their honeymoon since it was close to an area where some family live. The pictures they got are beautiful. 

AngelZhao
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AngelZhao

I love Hoan Kiem Lake! I’ve been there three times, and each time it’s been a really great experience. The lake itself is gorgeous, and the surrounding area is full of amazing food, shopping and nature. I would definitely recommend taking a boat tour around the lake. It will give you an entirely different perspective on this beautiful place.