And i mean early, like at 6 am !!!! You will be amazed how many locals are up at this hour of the day.Some of them will be on bicycles cycling around the lake, others will be jogging (seems to me the rule is to jog anti-clockwise, others will be exercising using the benches,, badminton players, others practicing tai chi and some only walking. But most of the people seem to be older, very few teenagers or folks in their 20's. Several foreigners join in the activities, a great way to start the day. My wife joined in the daily exercises on two occasions.
Turtle Tower can be found on a small island towards the south of Hoan Kiem Lake and the name is based on the famous legend.
Apparently Emperor Le Loi was boating on the lake in 1428 when Kim Qui (Golden Turtle God) surfaced and asked for his magic sword (heavens will). Loi thought that Kim Qui had come to reclaim the sword that its master, Long Vuong (dragon god) had given Loi during the revolt against the Chinese Ming. Loi gave the sword back to the turtle and renamed the lake, Luc Thuy (green water).
The Turtle Tower was constructed (possibly 15th century- nobody is really sure) on the Turtle Islet and is actually a temple to worship the Turtle God. At night the tower is illuminated and a beam of light can be seen reaching for the sky.
At the south end of Hoan Kiem Lake there is a floral clock which was donated by the people of Switzerland. This was given to the people of Hanoi in 2010 to celebrate the 1000 years since Hanoi was founded, which was originally called Thang Long. Various plants and flowers are planted around the clock, a popular place for locals to have their photograph taken.
On the east side of Hoan lake the gardeners have been hard at work and their endeavours have been worthwhile. Even in late November thousands of flowers were in full bloom, which seems to be a popular place for locals to take photographs. On the west side of the lake it has also been well landscaped but there is less space between the road and the lake.
At the north end of Hoan Kiem Lake you will find a fountain in the middle of the busy road. It is best to visit at night when the fountain is illuminated with different colors. It is also a favorite place for people to hang out and take photographs, but you may find that crossing the road to reach the fountain can be rather hazardous. due to the traffic.
Hoan Kiem lake have fresh air, suitable for your running, walking, or simply sit down and feel. You can eat Trang Tien ice cream, the price less than 1usd for one. Great! The ice cream is okay but maybe you have waiting for a long time. Hanoi youth like to eat this kind: spriral & super high (I have a photo). Every morning running around the lake, breathing the fresh air, I love that moment <3
Situated in the old quarter, Hoan Kiem lake is small, pretty, and a focal point for locals and tourists. Around the lake are numerous people selling tat, a few shops with drinks and snacks, caricaturists and artists, some nice flower beds, and a tree-lined path to circumnavigate in some shade. I particularly liked the herd of reindeer made out of hedge at the southwestern corner. In the middle of the lake are two tourist points of interest. The first is inaccessible and known as the turtle tower; the second is the Ngoc Son temple which I have reviewed separately. The lake is very pleasant, and if you can bear the heat it is definitely worth a look.
Summer is coming already. The weather is heating up. So far, I have been living in Hanoi for nearly 3 years. In Hanoi, the thing I find most different from my hometown is the heat of the summer. In my village, summer is also swelteringly hot, but no traffic jams, congestion, crowded and noisy as in this prosperous place. In this city, beside the heat it is stuck in traffic, congestion, and so dusty, … If it’s not busy because of work, then surely nobody wants to go out in the midday heat of the summer.
Despite the hot weather like that, Hanoi at this time, I guarantee you still have exciting experience that can not be ignored.
Something you can not ignore when coming to Hanoi in the summer, which is enjoying the food, drink as well as tropical fruits. Let’s learn about them.
Referring to the heat of summer in Hanoi, one can not forget to mention the beer. After a research, Vietnam is the country that use beer most in Southeast Asia.
By far, the beer has become a beautiful culture of Hanoi. It’s not beer to get drunk. Beer as a refreshing drink in a hot summerday. Every afternoon back from work, be convenient to cross the sidewalk, having a cool beer makes how tiredness, how the heat of summer seem to disappear. Telling some jokes and enjoying a cool beer, on the sidewalk of the street, watching the changes of a developing city, will be an unforgettable experience for every tourist visiting this place.
The good place to enjoy I recommend is Ta Hien Street. During daytime and nighttime, it’s always so crowded and so fun to enjoy “beer atmosphere” here. Have fun !!
Chè ([c??]) is a Vietnamese term that refers to any traditional Vietnamese sweet beverage, dessert soup orpudding. Varieties of Chè are made with mung beans, black-eyed peas, kidney beans, tapioca, jelly (clear or grass), fruit (longan,mango, durian, lychee or jackfruit), and coconut cream. Other types are made with ingredients such as salt, aloe vera, seaweed,lotus seed, sesame seed, sugar palm seeds, taro, cassava and pandan leaf extract.
Vietnamese people usually make Chè in the summer to both a dish to drink, even as food that helps the body to purify and it’s good for health. If you like to visit a family in Vietnam, make sure you will be treated with a delicious bowl or cup of Chè.
It is difficult for one can tell you how many kinds of Chè. Each different region has its own types of sweet porridges. There are a few differences in how to prepare Chè in Northern, Central and Southern Vietnam. Experience them when you go to Hanoi.
Cream – something that’s indispensable when summer come.
If you are the faithful of ice cream, you ought to go to Thuy Ta cream shops around Hoan Kiem Lake , or Trang Tien ice cream on Trang Tien street – both are famous branda of cream for hundreds of years.
hanoi sugarcane juice
Attention, sweet tooth; Get your fix with fresh-pressed sugarcane juice served over ice. It’s oddly invigorating. Or maybe that’s the sugar talking.
Enjoy the tropical fruit with extremely cheap prices, delicious such as mango, pears, watermelon, papaya, jackfruit, durian … Please be careful when buying them at the roadside shop that not guarantee the quality. Stores have been warranted would be a good choice for you.
And there are many other foods that you can indulge in Hanoi. I’ll do another post about famous dishes and drinks in Hanoi as a reference for you.
Thank you very much.
On these rainy days, the best for you to go outside is being an umbrella next to you or you will be all wet. It is unfortunately if you catch an suddently rains on your walking Hanoi streets on weekend!
Or with my headphone i can sit something to wait for stop rainning!
fresh and lovely, i went there few times and each time locals came asking to either practice English and or just make friend. the only thing that irritate me was the lake that was very dirty and i hope government think to make this lake fresh and lively.
Hoan Kiem lake where every morning i often wake up and do exercise with walking around the lake and take breath with fresh air. In addition, you can join a club where everyone does exercise together with music spoken by a cassetle. Everyone here always welcomes with a warm hug. They are friendly.
If you are an early bird, just take your running or walking shoes, cloth yourself comfortable and take a couple of round around Hoan Kiem Lake. You meet a lot co-runners, people having early one practising gymnastic, meditating people, groups having some fun and you really get an power kick for your day. Don't mind the weather, if there is rain you wet in and outside that is the only difference.
No scooters, no noise, no smog, just the Lake (and the hidden turtles there) and you.