Hanoi, Vietnam




Hoan Kiem Lake
A pleasant park situated in the centre of Hanoi and within easy walking distance from anywhere in the Old Quarter. Hoan Kiem Lake is the locals' favourite leisure spot and a great place to watch people practising tai chi in the morning or just to sit and read in the afternoon. Hoan Kiem means "returned sword" and the name comes from a legend in which King Le Loi was given a magical sword by the gods, which he used to drive out the invading Chinese. Later, while boating on the lake, he encountered a giant turtle, which grabbed the sword and carried it down to its depths. 
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Hoan Kiem Lake by Hara

Ly Thai To Statue & Park
The park faces Hoan Kiem lake and has a beautiful view of the busy Hang Bai Street and the serenity of the willows on the bank of the lake. Once known as Chi Linh Garden and then Indira Gandhi Park, many Hanoi residents view this mini-park as their favourite place because it is a symbol of the integration of modernity and tradition. You may encounter a group of youths practicing hip-hop and break dance while at the same time, meeting a three-generation family enjoying a walk in the park.

Lenin Statue & Park
The park is located on Dien Bien Phu Street and across from the Army Museum. One can always feel the diversity and liveliness of Hanoi here. In the morning, there are low-energy aerobics class for seniors and aerobic class for the younger. During the day, one can enjoy the tranquility in the park since everybody is either at work or in school. In the afternoon, it becomes a playground for children and students as well as for soccer teams and badminton players. 

Lenin Statue Park by Rungbachduong

Ho Tay (West Lake)
Ho Tay is centrally situated in Hanoi in a mostly a residential hub of the well-to-do. Formed from the curve of Vietnam's Red River, the lake stretches for nearly 17 km and is the largest lake in the city. The lake is a popular recreational spot for many of Hanoi's residents, besides the shores are occupied by numerous fishermen. Surrounding the lake are gardens, hotels, restaurants, entertainment outlets and homes of the well to-do. Hotel Intercontinental and Hanoi Sheraton are on this lake front. 

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