Hoan Kiem Lake or “Lake of the Restored Sword” is probably the most scenic spot in Hanoi (that I know of). When we went there, it was – no kidding – literally filled with people. Not in an I-can’t-breathe kind of way, but in a this-is-just-such-a-nice-place-to-stay kind. Despite such, it is still clean and picturesque.
It is so picturesque in fact, that it is literally packed with pre-nuptial photo shoots. I have never in my life seen so many almost-weds in one place at one time. There must have been almost ten pairs during our visit. I almost wish I was able to take a photo of each one so I can share them here.
There is actually nothing to do in Hoan Kiem Lake. But then again, perhaps that is the point. It’s just a place for you to sit down on a bench and breathe a little bit of fresh air, rest from the usual city life.
It’s a place to get together too. There were a lot of group activities happening around. There were even English lessons. (Vietnam is not so fluent in English)
Don’t be fooled though – it isn’t breezy. At least during the time we were there in September. Perhaps the air is cooler in another month, but I won’t count on it that much. All of Hanoi is hot! And this coming from a Filipino.
This place is a must-go, I must say. It’s not “whoa” level, but it’ll give you a feel of the people of Hanoi in general. Could be a breather after all the temple-hopping too.