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Half-Day Hanoi Food Tour by Motorbike
"8:30am (or flexible time) – Meet your guide. Your guide will collect you from your hotel.9:00am – Meet the group at a cafe in the Old Quarter. Sit on the street and drink egg coffee or tea.9:30am – Tour around Hanoi’s Old Quarter and Hoan see famous old buildings up close and feel the atmosphere of the locals doing business.10:00am – Arrive at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where you will have a guided tour on foot with a professional tour guide to talk to you about its history and answer any questions you may have.10:50am – Ride around the city outside of the Old Quarter where most tourists find it hard to visit past some of the majestic and historical buildings to the edge of West Lake.11:40am – Ride around the West Lake
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Half-Day Hanoi Motorbike Tour
"Our tour guide and driver pick you up at the hotel then start the tour. At first you are taken to cafe meeting point to meet your group have a full safety briefing about the Tour and enjoy street food. Then tour around Hanoi city's popular and historic sights like Hanoi Opera House Old Quarter
From $58.00
 
Full-Day Hanoi City Tour
"This full-day Hanoi tour offers to take you to the best sites. After hotel pickup your guide will take you on a tour to visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum one pillar pagoda museum of ethology Hoan Kiem Lake and the famed water puppet theater. Tour includes free hotel pickup and drop-off lunch and tickets to all attractions listed."
From $49.00

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Hoan Kiem Lake

Set in the heart of the old city, Hoan kiem lake is said to be the site where in 1428 Emperor Lê L?i received a magic sword that allowed him to fight off the Chinese, after which he returned the...
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Jim_Eliason
Dec 11, 2016

Hoan Kiem lake

The lake is in the center of the city. Surrounded by market , cafe and foodstall. Even for the local people this lake is interesting, it's nice to take a walk around it or jogging or even just sitting...
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BeeTea
May 20, 2005

Respite from the Heat / Morning exercise

Early morning, you will be surprised by the big turnout of early risers exercising at and around the lake. As though the entire Hanoi exercises...If you are wilting from the heat, cool yourself off...
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akikonomu
Aug 08, 2005

CHALLENGE THIS 82 YEAR OLD MAN

I am not sure if you will see this old man everyday exercising on the NW corner of Hoan Kiem Lake, but if you see him and feel like lifting a few weights take your chance. The TV cameras were there to...
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davidjo
Dec 23, 2016

TAKE AN EARLY MORNING WALK AROUND THE LAKE

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...
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davidjo
Dec 04, 2016

WALK AROUND THE LAKE AT NIGHT

After dinner it is very pleasant to take a stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake and buy an ice cream while you walk. Many buildings are illuminated at night, including Ngoc Son temple, Turtle Tower, the...
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davidjo
Dec 09, 2016

DON'T MISS HOAN KIEM LAKE AT THE WEEKEND

Starting in the latter half of 2016 the authorities closed all the streets around Hoan Kiem Lake from 7 pm on Friday until midnight on Sunday. This was very controversial as many locals were against...
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davidjo
Dec 09, 2016

WATCH THE PEOPLE PLAY O AN QUAN

During the weekend there is a section of the street on the NW corner of Hoan Kiem Lake where you will see many children and even adults playing the traditional game of O An Quan (Mandarin Square...
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davidjo
Dec 09, 2016

The Soul of Hanoi

Hoan Kiem Lake is considered by Hanoians to be the soul of their city. You can circle the entire lake in thirty minutes without breaking a sweat, allowing ample time for photographs of, among other...
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bsfreeloader
May 21, 2007

tai chi dancing

this is a must do in Ha Noi ....to see the old people doing the Tai chi in the misty morning in Hoan Kiem Lake. They will even take time to teach you and you can participate if you want. Very nice...
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pinakiray2003
Jan 23, 2007

Hoan Kiem Lake

Just in the center of Hanoi, this lake contains two islands: one with the Ngoc Son Temple, another one (no access) with Tortoise Tower. The legend about a sword and a turtle, that gives the name to...
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blanter
Jan 30, 2007

Walk around the lake in the morning

There is a lake in the center of hanoi and its bustling with life in the early morning. Around 5 plus in the morning to 7 am, you can see lots of people jogging in the park, practising tai chi and...
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yock
Jun 24, 2005
 
 
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Things to Do Near Hoan Kiem Lake

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Old Quarter

In the Old Quarter you will find many ladies with their carrying yokes, especially near Dong Xuan Market. They will wander the streets usually selling vegetables and fruit, often sitting down at the...
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Perfume Pagoda

About a 2hour or 70ks drive from Hanoi, it gives you a chance to see the countryside, and perhaps, breathe in a little cleaner air, although there is smog still here. At the town of Ben Duc, you...
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Flag Tower

Although now outside the grounds, this watchtower was once within the Imperial Citadel and was built in 1812 during the Nguyen Dynasty as an observation post. Today the National Flag flies over the...
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Ho Chi Miinh Complex

Once you have seen Ho Chi Minh's house and his beautiful stilt house the path will lead you to the souvenir shop where you can buy boxes of tea, coffee, cakes and many books about the great leader as...
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Vietnam Military History Museum

Growing up during the Vietnam War this museum was a "must" for me and i was not disappointed to see the magnificent collection of military hardware, both Vietnamese and American. Entrance fee was...
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Vietnam Fine Arts Museum

Not a huge collection but still worth a visit with this collection of antiquities along with modern Vietnamese art. there is still a over emphasis on socialist era propaganda art but still there is...
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